Long-Haul Motorcycle Touring - Tips for Staying Awake

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There has been an alarming rise in the number of big cruisers involved in motorcycle crashes. Big distance brings bigger fatigue but there are ways to minimize your risk of succumbing to the zzzs.
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  • Again, I learned something new and no blatant advert. Thanks

    Uts9000Uts9000Prieš 9 dienų
  • I travel through Germany and Europe on a 1958 50cc Moped with only 40kmh/ 25m/h and I had tough times even staying alive with my booty 😂

    Paul AltegoerPaul AltegoerPrieš 11 dienų
  • Glad I saw this video before attempting a Saddlesore 1k...

    Dan MantheDan ManthePrieš 13 dienų
  • I did 550km on one day with a GS 650, it was horrible haha

    rian ritzenrian ritzenPrieš 14 dienų
  • UK riders need not watch this vid. USA riders mostly should 😂😂🇬🇧🇬🇧

    Allan WelshAllan WelshPrieš 18 dienų
  • A month after getting my car license in june 2020 I went on a trip from northern Germany to Greece with my 50cc scooter. I learned all those things mentioned in the video (and many more things) on my own during that trip. Wasn't as safe as practicing in a parking lot, but totally worth it :)

    Big BrotherBig BrotherPrieš 18 dienų
  • I find generally that terror and the fear of pain from crashing keep me awake on the road.

    Tom EverettTom EverettPrieš 19 dienų
  • You just killed my audiobooks. Thanks.

    AndySpitzAndySpitzPrieš 20 dienų
  • Fortnine’s video have probably saved more lives than 30 years of government sponsored videos. I’m not saying government videos are terrible, I’m saying Fortnine’s quality is extremely top notch. Plus I’m pretty damn sure Ryan or someone there is a professional Hollywood film editor because these videos flow better than a brand new ECU controlled Honda fuel pump 👏🏽

    RichardRichardPrieš 21 dieną
  • A 15 minute power nap on the side of the road has been a life saver for me...

    RockbreakerRockbreakerPrieš 22 dienas
  • this reminds me of the structure of a Bill Nye episode. i love it haha

    Silver PhoenixSilver PhoenixPrieš 22 dienas
  • I rode through Canada doing an Ironbutt around the Great Lakes marathon. Moose kept me awake. There is nothing more exciting than seeing moose antlers moving toward the highway in front of you. Screech the brakes. Then ride on until the next moose sighting.

    Larry From WisconsinLarry From WisconsinPrieš 22 dienas
  • I love my quiet factory muffler, ear muff helmet, no tunes, no ear plugs, phone in my pocket. Not being noise deaf after a 3 hundred mile loop is an amazing feeling. You don't have to be noisy to be fast or cool, loud mufflers are stupid. And enter all the loud pipe saves lives people. 🤣

    Matt McGrawMatt McGrawPrieš 26 dienų
  • When planning long trips on group rides, we always have bail-out points. If riders start feeling tired, at certain points there are bail-out routes where they can head straight to the hotel. On long days involving a lot of hours in the saddle, we take more frequent breaks in the afternoon, usually every hour regardless of distance travelled. Finally, an energy drink in the mid to late afternoon like a Red Bull is effective in maintaining alertness.

    timsmotorcyclediarytimsmotorcyclediaryPrieš 27 dienų
  • Perhaps am episode about how some tires are causing problems on the new concrete roadways being built in the USA and maybe Canada. The use of concrete grooved pavement is causing some bikes to have a front end wobble. Some say the type of tire and center striping is to blame? As more governments begin using grooved concrete to avoid potholes from asphalt, how should we adjust our tire choices or not?

    Tempting FateTempting FatePrieš 29 dienų
  • If a bike is that big and boring to ride... Don't buy it

    Freddie TravelsFreddie TravelsPrieš 29 dienų
  • Everyone has there own opinions, goals and time frames. As for me, my riding philosophy is "Riding is something to be enjoyed, not endured". If I don't have the time to go at my own pace to do what I want to do, I'm not doing it. It's about the ride, not the destination. IBC stuff is different, with a different gal and mindset. 'Hats off' to those guys, but I'll not be doing any of that.

    john hanrahanjohn hanrahanPrieš mėn
  • My mind blocks out rap. I hate that kind of music. If you can even call it music.

    Hainero2001Hainero2001Prieš mėn
  • i've taken plenty of naps while riding and never crashed my 250cc scooter.. well not while napping.

    Tohunga UwishinTohunga UwishinPrieš mėn
  • The BEST way to avoid freeway hypnosis is to avoid freeways!....There is zero joy in the monotony of long straight freeways, instead I take the backyest back roads I can find and if I'm not getting lost every few hours then I'm probably not getting the most out of the journey. The tin tops can have the freeways, for me it's at least as much about the journey as it is about the destination.... If I have a pressing need to actually get somewhere far away I'll fly there.

    Gabriel R.D.Gabriel R.D.Prieš mėn
  • Ride ride ride and ride a few hours every day ....... until you get that “One with your machine” thing ....... But always ride defensively and never trust cars and trucks ......

    Panther 74 RisingPanther 74 RisingPrieš mėn
  • Fatigue? Yup, been there. But I am well aware of getting fatigue. I always pull over, find a place to sit down for at least 15 to 30 minutes, eat a Cliff Bar and drink some cold water. My problem is eat plugs. I wore them one time and it blocked out too much of what was going on around me and that I did not like. I even tried plain old cotton, still not good. I know how very important eat protection is so now I'll have to address it. All good tips. Great video, thanks for posting it. Barry G. Kery

    Barry KeryBarry KeryPrieš mėn
  • WAIT! 900 of 3500 riders CRASHED??!! Why are full 25% of these riders thrashing pavement? That doesn't make any sense.

    J.BerejikJ.BerejikPrieš mėn
  • Tip for staying awake : SLEEP!

    Nigel DsouzaNigel DsouzaPrieš mėn
  • Been riding 40 years and still learned something new today.

    chybaguschybagusPrieš mėn
  • I found that a piece of hard candy helps perk me up. Especially in hot weather.

    33602743360274Prieš mėn
  • Good pointers - I have had fatigue problems in LD biking and if all else fails, pull over somewhere and sleep for 20 min. Works every time.

    IfoundJohnGaultIfoundJohnGaultPrieš mėn
  • K-Pop ... 😂😂😂😂😂

    Shantanu GadgilShantanu GadgilPrieš mėn
  • Try to stand up on most Harleys...good luck

    Bertie Die steirische EichelBertie Die steirische EichelPrieš mėn
  • Your Harley everything’s lol ... funny bit I like harleys

    mac243877mac243877Prieš mėn
  • Ayyy University of Sussex, I literally live right next to it

    Fred HoyleFred HoylePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I fell asleep on my bike once and woke up in the oncoming lane of traffic...luckily there was none. so now if I feel remotely drowsey I pull over and lie down...so if you see a R1200gs parked with a rider lying down on the side of the road, don't worry, just catching some z'ssss...

    bunhead8bunhead8Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • Ryan: here is a tip for you - if you never leave your helmet on the seat, if will never fall off!. love the vids, keep 'em coming.

    bunhead8bunhead8Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • Definitely helps when the Speaker is just brilliant at what he does. These videos are put together so well and flow perfect. I can only imagine how many takes to get them so on point. This one definitely fit the bill for me, because I have a touring motorcycle and have taken some long Hauls. Kudos!

    Jim BonannoJim BonannoPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • These bikes are mostly driven by the aged biker too... wonder how much of a factor that plays. These videos truly are a pleasure to watch 🙏🏻 thanks

    invisiblekid69invisiblekid69Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • fun, informative and eminently watchable videos ... absolute class, fort nine! 🙌

    graeme duncangraeme duncanPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I do long distances on my 07 Goldwing. I'm on the road at or before 0700 and usually off the road between 1500 and 1600. I do get a little bleary eyed around 1400 depending on the size of my lunch. A coffee break is mandatory. usually a starbucks "doubleshot". I guess any form of caffine will do, but that's my go to jolt of the day.

    David GilesDavid GilesPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Won my vote for honorary doctorate in motorpsycleology my good fellow. Namaste, the world is your oyster 🦪, don’t swallow the pearl!

    yaksauceyaksaucePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • The quality of these videos is getting out of hand. Keep it going!

    JustvideosJustvideosPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • What the bike on tumbsnail was?

    Raizo PopoRaizo PopoPrieš 2 mėnesius
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      FortNineFortNinePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Or watching Pawn stars. We all know what you’re talking about. Or I am just dirty minded :/

    BoratBoratPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Great tips. Human factors are important and often overlooked. My tip for maintaining attention is avoiding superslab and riding on scenic back roads. Bonus: maximal enjoyment.

    Liberty4EverLiberty4EverPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • *"but the piercing frequencies, high rpms, rapid turbulence, k-pop, that's more damaging"* Lmao, had me dying 😂🤣

    Caryl Jason CaipangCaryl Jason CaipangPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I get bored so easy.. I stop every hundred miles or so. . LOL

    cali WRAPScali WRAPSPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • k-pop is damaging to more than just your hearing.

    extrameatsammichextrameatsammichPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Would you recommend any stretches for people that ride forward or more forward mid control cruisers? Standing up on my cruiser is really weird

    Austin BuringAustin BuringPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • “Or watching p*rnstars” Dude, thats a 24/7 job.

    Adri Mas MolaAdri Mas MolaPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • the best way to do long distance touring is have a van with a ramp and stick the bike inside for the boring bits and bring it out for the good bits thats what i do all over the eu.. paul

    paul mannerspaul mannersPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Window of circadian low's for humans is between 2am and 6 am. Most people feel the effects most severely between 3am and 5am, especially in the hour before dawn. There is a secondary window of circadian low from 2p to 6pm that is less promenent. The secondary WOCL in the afternoon is why so many people hit Starbucks at 3p-4p to get them through the day. Pilots have to manage their sleep patterns and mitigate WOCL loss of performance daily. If you want to dive deep: www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC%20120-100.pdf The biggest factor to survive, is if you are tired, take a nap. If you have to resort to music, and cold air to stay awake, you are fatigued and in the danger zone. Pull over and nap. 20 minute naps are proven to be the best if you can't get a full 8 hour rest. Any longer a nap than 20 minutes causes sleep inertia where the person feels and is groggier than prior to the nap. If a :20 minute nap does not get you to your planned destination, it's time to get off the bike and get a proper sleep.

    DcxplantDcxplantPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I've been on plenty of road trips and the number one tip is to not close your eyes (ofc except for blinking)

    gerardo garzagerardo garzaPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I have my own way to deal with it. It's called listening to the engine. I don't ride off revs or speed on the clock, I do a mathematical equation in my head of how many revs does it sound like I'm doing, what gear am I in, what sort of terrain am I on and is there a hill. 30mph for my versys 650 on a flat is 3rd gear 3,500rpm, I can figure out the RPM quite easy and figure out the gear I'm in easy to, I normally do alright at it.

    shaggyshaggyPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Another outstanding vid...Great job!!

    BadhagisBadhagisPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Love this bloke, great shows !!!

    Bill FraterBill FraterPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Did a weekend Ride 2 months ago. 2300km in 36hours (ironbutt 1000miles included) Sv1000s (2006)

    BaltucBaltucPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I find it really interesting that Ryan acknowledges that accidents on larger capacity bikes are killing more riders and that he points to the entire Harley range as being a significant part of this bike group, but fails to comment on the fact that in the US at least, this is the group of riders most likely not to be wearing a full face helmet. Surely there's correlation here.

    Dan WDan WPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • You Ryan, you are an absolute master at relaying information. Biker here, advertisement agency when I don't ride. The skills you have on how to inform people, to have them learn and to actually change their behavior is Boss-level. Eloquent, factual, well produced and highly pleasurable. You tick all the boxes mate. You, Ryan, you can make a difference regardless the topic. That is a strength rarely seen. Use it and reach out. Respect. Kindest regards, Giel from Amsterdam.

    mrappelgebakmrappelgebakPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Could a factor in the big bike deaths statistics be the fact that Harley riders often don't wear sufficient protective gear?

    Jack ChalmersJack ChalmersPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • That's what 10/10 editing looks like.

    Radek PogodaRadek PogodaPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I have ridden a DRZ on a 4K mile round trip on a stock seat. That is the best way to stay awake.

    Lecture or Ticket but not BothLecture or Ticket but not BothPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • "3 millilitres of water per pound of bodyweight" - can we pick a measurement system.. or just all move over to metric plzzzzzzz

    richorichoPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I love the fancy edits and awesome informational content! I've almost fell asleep on my R6 riding late at night, the only thing that woke me up was the curve in the road 🥵

  • Here's the real reason for an increase in accidents: aging baby boomers with no experience riding going out and buying massive bikes. Because they can. Add to it that many of these oldsters are diagnosed/undiagnosed with type II diabetes or other ailments which can and do cause loss of attention span.

    Zaw Zaw AungZaw Zaw AungPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Ok but what the hell was in his pocket the entire video???

    Aaron X.Aaron X.Prieš 3 mėnesius
  • I would pack my Crouch Rocket (FZR1000 and others) with gear and do a two week tour of the Western US...Break Neck pace.....Its was Good Times...My balls would fall asleep often and my arm hair felt like little bugs were trying to rip them all out at once..didnt matter...My Knees (im tall) and Back are shot from work and I hate touring bikes and Harleys are too heavy for my knees....Thats OK....My F150 is comfortable...

    Kilroy Is HereKilroy Is HerePrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Pawn stars, porn stars is what you meant

    EkEkPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • You dare mock my gammer boy 24 hour training.

    bop bopbop bopPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Learnt alot, loved the transitions! I died, " Half-assed Cat-Cow position" xD

    Russel StevensRussel StevensPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Frequent breaks with tiny sleep sessions in your hammock !

    Marcel BeersMarcel BeersPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I Love your videos really helpful

    ludde 5ludde 5Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • I hate to break it to you. The answer is meth.

    crappyatlifecrappyatlifePrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I love long haul driving. You nailed all the best tips. Well done. Should be mandatory viewing for anyone considering driving further than the local Tim Hortons.

    Rod LittleRod LittlePrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Riding a bike that's not made for long travels is the best way to stay awake :p

    MCDGCDMCDGCDPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • In case you do read comments... could you please do a similar video that talks about staying "alert" in everyday riding? Sometimes I just find myself zoning out and not paying attention to my surroundings, which concerns me a lot.

    Charley DeSolCharley DeSolPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Driving semi my advise is. If your tired during the day time, get a sleep study. 30 mins before bed put your phone down. The blue light can make it harder to sleep. My biggest pet peev while driving is dirty wind shield it can increase your level of fatigue. Your brain is working harder to figure out whats close whats far. As far as the cold blast, nothing will be as effective as rest. Truck driving we build up where we can drive for 400 plus miles at a stretch and stay focused on our job at hand. Most people can do 2 to 4 hours before getting tired. Heres a test, for fatigue that you and your friends you ride with can do. Rider a passes a sign. Rider b asks rider a what was the sign before the one you just past? Rider a answers correctly. Good to go. Rider a answers wrong. Pull over where safe and take a break, or take a nap. More then 30 less then 40 mins. After 40 mins its much harder for your body to wake up.

    arvadawelderarvadawelderPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Love your photography and presentation 🙏🏼

    pushkar614pushkar614Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • Just got home last weekend from riding my Street Triple to Toronto ON. from North Vancouver BC... With exploring some back road routes along the way, it was JUST under 5,000 kms and I made it to Toronto in 5 days. The things that helped me stay awake most were: -Forcing myself to take breaks at various points ex. not more than 250kms without a walk/snack/water -5 hour energy/energy gel breaks -Hydration/pee breaks -Snack breaks -Walking breaks -Picture breaks -Body position changes (as mentioned) -Singing/butchering songs -Beeping and waving at random animals and people -Pulling onto a side road to practice emergency braking (No ABS and not 100% effort of course) -Overthinking my entire life in complete silence

    Leovoni BLeovoni BPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • K-pop.... :D

    Nils LidströmNils LidströmPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Great tips here, thank you. Here are mine, forgive me for reminiscing. 1,000 miles (miles, not kilometers), 20 hours. NO DRUGS, NO ALCOHOL. THIS IS SERIOUS! 1) Up and packing at 5:30 AM, good breakfast, coffee to go, gas up, ride. (Get rid of that damned full face death trap, and get a cup holder. It will change your life.) 2) Ride 1-2hrs, Turn and Burn stop - 15 min max; gas up, piss, stretch, get bottled water, SIP some 5HR Energy, ride. 3) repeat step 2 until lunch. 4) Eat at gas station with restaurant - ONE STOP. 30 min max. SIP 5HR Energy, ride. 5) Repeat #2 until dinner. 6) Repeat #4 7) Repeat #2 until destination Remembering that my hotel was South of Reno, not North, would have saved about an hour. Doh!

    Auditor of This AgeAuditor of This AgePrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I've been riding since 1975. I went 16 years without a car at one point. When I ride I ride, when I listen to music I listen to music. I never mix the two. I have a car now and have carried that over. I've never turned on my car radio. Wife and I drive from South Florida to Central Michigan once a year to visit my son and grand daughter and that radio stays off. I've done it since I was a kid. I ride a 2011 Diavel now and my helmet has speaker cut outs for blue tooth speakers and it mystifies me. Why distract yourself?

    cgirl111cgirl111Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • Rode 1,500 miles on a sport bike in +115°F heat last month. I would fully soak my clothes in water at rest stops and they would be bone dry in 15min. A hydration pack full of ice water, sippin often and being fully covered is the way to go if you must ride in extreme heat. Also if you got the space, a small cooler with ice, liquids and energy bars is a good idea. Even then the heat wears you down. Kept my rides to max 5 hours each day. It was the worst ride ever. Never wanna do it again.

    VengerVengerPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I think i will mount 2 wheels to my bed , thereby solving the fatigue problem .

    Saykat DasSaykat DasPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • The hydration tip is huge. As a long-hauler, I know the moment I begin to feel even a little drowsy that it’s time to drink some water. Hydration at stops is a massive part of my routine to avoid this at all, but it still can happen when in hotter climates before you know it. As for the music thing, you’re right on that one too. When I’m on a wide open road, you’ll see me headbanging and tapping my feet, but as soon as I end up in a stretch that demands attention, that attention switches instantly and the body movement changes from moving with the music to moving with the bike. My final comment is on the times you ride. I am a natural night owl. A have no problem being perfectly alert after dusk, even after a long day. That said, I don’t like riding in rural areas after dark due to the increased risk. My road tome rarely starts before 10:00, but since we are so far north and the light lasts so long in the summer, I’m often riding until 20:00 or later. I think this one is very much a personal thing. I’m safer riding at 20:00 after 10hrs on the road than I am at 08:00 freshly out of bed. I’m just not a morning person.

    Joel MacDonaldJoel MacDonaldPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Loved the continuous shots. I'm sure it took quite a few takes but well worth the effort for effect. Great topic too.

    MarticulateMarticulatePrieš 4 mėnesius
  • To stay awake..i like to use the stock Goldwing seat and the pain after about 40 min of ride time.

    G HondaG HondaPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I know all that stretching stuff. Do it all the time. What I like is that circular continuous tracking shot explaining it. Ninja level shit.

    AVwebAVwebPrieš 4 mėnesius
    • Paul B posting on a motorcycle video. Top 10 anime crossovers.

      pacadetpacadetPrieš 14 dienų
    • I loved how clean that shot was. Sticking to a script, while doing everything simply and cohesively, even turning the bike off kept the rhythm. Way cool

      Earth to WiseEarth to WisePrieš 21 dieną
  • Do you have a Spotify playlist that you would recommend for long rides?

    Madhurjya RoyMadhurjya RoyPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • "Elementary, my dear Watson" - says we who do our 24-hour non-stops Long Distance Riding ;)

    Bård Ivar FlageborgBård Ivar FlageborgPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • This video is very well done.

    Glenn EspirituGlenn EspirituPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I ALWAYS get sleepy whenever I ride for more than an hour. I was starting to think it was some kind of problem that only affects me (I still do) (btw I get sleepy during work as well). But how is possible to feel sleepy while doing something as fun as riding, I usually wonder. I guess it just happens. Oh and you forgot an obvious tip. When feeling sleepy on the road, pull over and get some sleep. Or pull over where you can find a comfier sleep, extra points for coffee.

    DragonEye135DragonEye135Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • loved the style in which you guys shot and edited this! the bloopers are great too!

    seppesseppesPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • loved the style in which you guys shot and edited this! the bloopers are great too!

    seppesseppesPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • damn now you have to show your bike collection

    आshuआshuPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Thanks for the outtakes, loved them!

    Darren DempseyDarren DempseyPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Can confirm, just finished my 4k mi cross country move on my 2009 klr650 with a angled lowered seat to reach the ground better. Hard to feel comfortable. The stretches in the video help alot.

    ItsyourfaultItsyourfaultPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • This was excellent. I’ve experienced starting early, good ear plugs reduce fatigue, and that stiffness (especially in cold) sneaks up on a person, as does dehydration. Most important, don’t get old- or if you do, at least realize you aren’t 18 anymore and that you need to pay attention to your physical state.

    Jeff in TDJeff in TDPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • It looks like the chart of deaths at the beginning of the vid just shows deaths, not death rates (per mile traveled). Is that correct? What happens when you arrange them as deaths per mile traveled?

    E. DavisE. DavisPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Try pulling your nose hair every 30 minutes or so. Your eyes will be watering and you'll be awake. 😂

    RafflesioRafflesioPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Dude being an engineer you are the best detailed scientific explaining man.. Thankyou.. You remind me of my engineering days..

    Chandraprakash DobriyalChandraprakash DobriyalPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Excellent stuff, just ordered some plugs. Will be following your suggestions. Your videos are getting better and better (in part that we see Vancouver and area!). Funny and well produced.

    Colin L.Colin L.Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • J. Peterson approves...

    scott kingscott kingPrieš 4 mėnesius