What is the longest trip you guys have done? Do you have a windshield and upgraded seat? My friend wants me to ride to Sturgis from Philly next year but I am thinking on the street as of now no windshield or upgraded seat would be a rough trip over all those miles.
4) Other. I am also running highway pegs off the engine guard. It feels good to stretch out but I haven't solved the wind problem yet. The wind really gives your pants legs a workout! Would appreciate anyone's advice on this. Hope that helps. Critter
All of my experience, except for some local driving,, has been with the HD windshield, initially, and now with Memphis Shades Batwing. Batwing is slightly better than HD windshield, but much more $$. I have 12,000 miles on my almost 2 year old bike.
The longest I have ridden in one day was 660 miles. Quite a mistake. The last hundred miles on Interstate dropping out of the mountains, from 10,000 feet to 5000 feet and with lots of construction and unmarked lanes and cold hands and feet and sore butt. Was reduced to riding it in 30 mile chunks. That was with Tallboy seat.
Anyway, have ridden the 400 miles to Sturgis twice now. First year with the aforementioned Tallboy Seat By the third day at Sturgis, needed the Airhawk, which helped greatly for the ride home. This year rode it with Corbin Gunfighter and Lady seat and while I brought the Airhawk, I didn't have to use it. Was able to go riding with my friend after arrival this year while, last year would have had to rest before any other riding. I have ridden 400 miles in a day a couple of times this year, but most days my riding is about 300 miles in a single day.
I have for the last 3000 miles had forward controls, so feet are not quite as high up as highway pegs, but the pant legs sure do flap against my legs now. Is this why motorcycle cops wear pant legs inside boots? https://www.hdstreetforums.com/forum/...1&d=1476045704
The cure for that has been some lower leg chaps, similar to gaiters. I have used gaiters from REI, but now have a pair of leather gaiters from Leather Legs
. So much easier to put on than full leg chaps and give the protection I need for the parts of my legs sticking out without covering and heating up my thighs. Saw a movie The Homesman in which Tommy Lee Jones wore the same kind of thing.
Although he stole them from this guy (after the girl in background rescued Tommy Lee by shooting the dude)
But I digress. To summarize:
1. The windshield or Batwing is very helpful in keeping me from getting too tired. I am 6 foot, so my head is above either the windshield or the Batwing, so my helmet always gets some buffeting. I don't think I would like to ride more than 200 miles at a time without it.
2. The stock seat is brutal. And I include the Tallboy seat in the brutal category. Airhawk helped greatly. Corbin seat has been great.
3. Leg protection has helped even with stock leg positioning and especially with legs forward. For long trips, forward controls have helped me, much like highway pegs would.