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post #1 of 12 Old 04-30-2012, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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2012 650 Wee any long distance riders?

Wanted to see if any owners of the new 2012 650 Wee have ridden any 500 or 600 mile days on a trip yet? I find it to be a good commuter so far, I have not been able to evaluate comfort level over a long distance.

Would be interested to hear impressions of overall rider comfort on a long day I the saddle. A very subjective topic of course. None the less it would be interesting to learn about other rider opinions of the 2012 Wee regarding the long haul days.

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-30-2012, 10:12 AM
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I think comfort is different for everyone. Even as a kid I was squirming 15 minutes at the movie theater with my arse on fire.
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No 500-mile days yet (and maybe not ever), but I spent all day yesterday flogging my '12 on a 430-mile loop over a several mountain passes here. I'm 5'10" with a 33" inseam and found it pretty comfortable, though my knees were kind of creaky at the end of one long stretch without a saddle break. I didn't have any issues that some kind of saddle cushion wouldn't fix easily and cheaply.
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I've run for about 3 hrs at a pop from Jax to So Fla.. Major ass burn even with a custom Sargent seat.. I guess it has to break in.. No problems with the bike crusing at the speed limit and above.. Fuel miles vary from 45 running into a head wind to 55 with a tail wind. Peilcan bags drop the mpg's down a bit.
Passing at speed is no problem either. Just twist and shout..
I'm coming off a ST 1300 that I did a bunch of LD rides and my 650 V Strom is a keeper...

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I did 400 miles the other day; highway pegs and cycling (padded) shorts do loads for riding endurance.
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+/- 300/day a couple times. Very comfortable, but I'm riding off pavement a lot and may want more comfort there. I'm thinking a medium airhawk would bring it home.

The true test comes in the fall with a two month UT > ID > NH > TN > UT loop.

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I think comfort is different for everyone. Even as a kid I was squirming 15 minutes at the movie theater with my arse on fire.
Great feedback mud!

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Did 640 and 570 mile days on my recent 3400 mile trip from Austin to Key West.

I was expecting the worst but found the OEM seat fits my arse better than any OEM seat since my '81 R100RS airhead. I'd put a Russell Day Long on my '04 Connie, glad I won't have that expense with the L2 Wee.

Purely individual luck/fit but I'm a happy camper to say the least! I'm no hero and will stop for the day before suffering butt burn.

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I've done a 600 mile day on the Glee, and a few on the Wee, one outlier at 750 miles which I don't intend to repeat without an emergency scheduling constraint (which it was, had to hightail it home). The Glee's seat is more grippy so you have to treat it differently after a while. On any bike, I generally take a regular quick break with stretching after 60-90 minutes. Usually I match that up to gas or food stops, but of course sometimes the scenery has to be appreciated for a while. I plan trips so that they have legs that fit a decent break schedule, and try to anticipate varying times at which I reach exhaustion.

I usually find that such days are actually easy to plan. What I find difficult is how to plan a series of them. I find that I can do one 600-mile day, one 550-mile day, and then one more day that depends entirely on the nature of the trip and weather, and then any fourth day is essentially useless and I need to take that day off or at least not ride a long distance. So that essentially means I can go 1600 miles in some direction for three days and then take a day off, then go in some other direction a similar amount.
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I've gone long enough to know the stock seat isn't going to handle the 600-800 miles I often do in one day so I bought a Russell seat. I didn't take a long trip last year due to heat when I had trips planned. I rode in near 100F conditions two years ago between Idaho and the Chicago area and it wasn't fun.

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