Ok, completed a ride yesterday with around 8 hours in the saddle. Around 300 miles, some of those on dirt, so that's why it took 8 hours. Some of it on very tough sand and ended up walking the bike for over an hour in first gear.
Here is my assessment of the ergonomic farkles I added.
I think it helped to an extent, but after 4 hours, I was sore. The last two hours was painful. I do not blame the back rest for this. I get pretty sore in a car or airplane on long trips as well. Again, I am glad I have it, but I think it will stay in my trunk until hour two, or when I feel the soreness coming on. Maybe that aproach will work better for me.
I think these mad a huge difference. Again, I think they can only do so much, but they difinitely kept me upright and tight against the back rest.
I did not use these much. Once the pain kicked in, they did not help much. I think these work best on shorter rides and require a little thinking, to remind yourself to stretch from time to time. Again, they will stay on as anything to help. There were periods I switched peg positions and got some relief to the next rest stop.
The bottom line is I don't think I am cut out for riding more than 4 - 5 hours a day. To me riding should be fun. After the fourth hour, it is hard to have fun with pain. I am good with that, as I have plenty of places to ride nearby within a 4 hour radius. I honestly don't think I could find a much more comfortable bike, so maybe down the road I will take a look at replacing the seat, but for now stick with what I have. Overall, the fun out weighed the pain.