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07-21-2007 10:00 AM
Ted Bell Does anyone have a picture of their seat with the beads?
07-21-2007 01:34 AM
dvdt 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.

07-14-2007 11:17 PM
Longer riding

I ride between Bloomington IN and Detroit MI about every other week; 350 miles each way. It takes me between 5.5 to 6.5 hours to do this using mostly back rodes and only stopping for gas and biological needs. I find the best way to prevent soreness is to move around in the seat. As stated earlier move forward and back, sit up straight and slouch. I shake my legs out and shift side to side. I am riding on a stock seat. The first couple of times doing this ride I was stiff and sore but the more I ride it the less it bothers me. As with anything practice makes perfect.
07-12-2007 11:45 AM
absdl650 Take some over the counter pain medication before the ride.

If riding in heat some diaper paste around the 'private' zone helps.

Mucho water...if not peeing, not drinking enough.
07-12-2007 08:57 AM
mtlee DVDT - Having just done a smaller trial by fire (only 200 miles each way) through midwestern countryside, I've a couple of tips to share:
  • If you take county highways, be prepared for freshly oiled and graveled roads. We were fortunate enough to have hit these a week or two after they were done, but in MN that seems to be the standard for county highway maintenance.
  • Change your posture on your bike BEFORE you start getting sore. Sit more upright for awhile, slouch for a bit, scoot back in your seat, roll forward more onto your thighs, etc. Even with the stock seat I was able to prevent bad soreness doing this. After a 10 - 15 minute break after 2 - 3 hours of riding, I could get right back on the bike with no tenderness
  • While it may not help your booty much, consider doing some yoga for the rest of your body (back, hips, arms, shoulders). I found this great DVD called 'Yoga for Inflexible People' (i.e. me), and it has made it easier for me to swing the leg over the bike.
  • Good earplugs. We bought some for the return trip, and it made a world o' difference.
  • Be prepared to deal with some odors on the backroads of Iowa. There's no closing the windows and putting the air on 'recirc' - just judicious twisting of the right wrist and holding your breath!

Enjoy the ride!

07-12-2007 06:31 AM
strom lurker
Originally Posted by bureaucrat View Post
My first wife (30 years and counting)...
Are you planning on trading her in soon?lol
07-11-2007 11:19 AM
bureaucrat My first wife (30 years and counting) and I just did 1300 miles across Colorado and Nebraska last week. We used a Sargent seat. It was better than the stock seat, but I still had some pressure points auf den Hinterteile that caused me to stop and limp around from time to time. I guess the lesson is that these aren't 8-hour conference chairs; they are motorcycle seats. Besides, walking around once in a while not only gets the blood flow going in your butt, but in your brain as well, no?
07-11-2007 09:10 AM
Originally Posted by strom lurker View Post
...those wooden beads to increase air circulation...

Cheap and effective. Tried gel and pads and the beads are the best comfort solution for me.

Oh, and Frogg Toggs work well too. Only problem I had was the wind would cause my jacket to bunch up under my chin, limiting the airflow and causing bad fogging on my visor. I looped a string through the bottom snap, pulled it tight and sat on it. Problem solved.
07-11-2007 06:06 AM
strom lurker I have the alaska seat thingie too. It's comfortable for about 200 miles then it's useless (IMHO). Also, it gets hot down there. I'm thinking about those wooden beads to increase air circulation. I have the suzuki gel seat which was heads and tails better then the corbin I had on prior.

Good luck with the ride and I hope your butt does better this time!
07-11-2007 04:25 AM
My First Long Haul

Friday I leave for about a 600 mile ride from Tulsa to Cedar Rapids to see my parents, map of route. I'm doing this in one day. I have ridden a little over 200 miles in a day before and my butt hurt like hell. Hopefully I have this problem covered this time around. I bought an Alaskan Leather Butt Pad, a gel pad to put underneath it, and a pair of LD Comfort riding shorts. I most likely will be getting a custom seat in the future though.

See the gel pad and butt pad here.

I thought about super slabbing it most of the way there, but the thought of riding through Kansas City didn't thrill me, and the thought of riding on I80 stuck in a convoy of trucks didn't thrill me either. I80 between Des Moines and I380 (basically Cedar Rapids) can be just nuts.

I plan to leave at 5 am on Friday and return to Tulsa on Monday. Whether I feel like I need to or not, I plan to stop every hour or so just to stretch, look at the map, do some jumping jacks, or whatever. Hopefully I won't need my rain gear which is limited to Frogg Toggs. This is baptism by fire for me


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