Sorry about the slow reply and thanks for all of the advice. I got there and back without any major problems. Thanks to the Al Gorian weather here in Tulsa, I didn't get on the road until 9 am rather than 6 am due to thunderstorms. The superslab was the shortest and quickest. So, I opted for that instead.
I tried all of the stretching, lifting, and moving my rear around on the seat while riding and the best I could do was 100 - 130 miles before I had to stop. My behind got quite uncomfortable (bone sore), and I think the only real solution for me is an aftermarket seat. The added height of the gel and sheep skin pad did help my knees and they most certainly helped my behind. Without them I would have been in agony. I did take some over the counter pain medication and that seemed to help too.
It took me almost 11 hours to get there (611 miles) and closer to 10 hours on the return trip. I stopped 5 times both ways. I wired my car's XM radio into the bike and put it in the map pouch on my tank bag. This seemed to work pretty well as I could press the presets through the clear plastic. The ear buds also helped reduce wind noise to tolerable levels. I avoided all rain until the last mile.
This was my first experience with weight on the tail end of the bike and I could most definitely tell it was there by the way it handled. I had a small tail bag and a larger duffle bag. Combined weight was probably 30 lbs.
Someday I'd like love to take an extended trip for a couple of weeks or so. That would be a blast. I'm addicted to this sport now.
Thanks again for the advice.
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Last edited by dvdt; 07-21-2007 at 12:36 AM.