Originally Posted by Ottawa
I am looking to do a few trips from Ottawa to Toronto this summer, 400km aprox.
Options are take 400km of 100km/h major highway (highway 416/401)
Or take 360km of 80km/h minor highway (sort of straight shot down highway 7 [much more quiet])
What are your thoughts about which route is better? is it a major issue to take the bike 400 km at 100km/h?
I have a 250F. It just has a sporty fairing. I wanted that just to ease cleaning. Everything else takes longer. Well, it drops just as fast.
So I live in McDonalds Corners, west of you, about an hour and a half drive/ride. I bought the bike two years ago. Watch for deer, no matter which road you're on. 100kph is great for anyone who hasn't hit a deer. Around here, I keep it mellow. I've been here since aboout 2000, and I know the deer crossings.
I suggest that you consider 7 a better road to Toronto. Head to Brockville, see the sights. Good initial objective. Cool lake brease on a hot day. 400 series are filled with drivers who scream along with litttle concern for small machines. You likely won't have a lot of power to rush out of their impatience. Conversely, 7 has so many scenic stops.
Buses use 7 a lot and go down 37 to 401. Nice and dull, though and you end up on 401. With the small bike you will likely want more breaks. I knew someone who rod to Texas from Toronto and back on a 175. Talk about "Billy Numbutt". In the end, 7 is not much longer. And you arrive alive.
Consider determining where Suzuki dealers are enroute. Just in case. Im not sure how will be the wind buffeting on that machine, either.
What a great machine, though. It's super for in-town. I find the revs too high for me, and am thinking (I think a long time before acting, though) of changing the gearing. Everyone says it can take the revs though. My ear isn't used to it.
The roads around here are a bike rider's destination. Give it a look.
If I can help any way, lemme know. I'm not online a lot, so answers aren't immediate.
Congrats, and "See you on the road". Be VISIBLE. BRIGHT IS RIGHT.
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