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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-04-2003, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Long Distance on a Sportbike

I've been looking at a few accessories for my bike to make it a more comfortable long distance machine. First off a Throttlemeister throttle lock.
http://www.sport-touring.net/mods/th...er/index.shtml
This looks like a great hand and wrist saver on those long trips.

Secondly a Corbin seat. I've heard a lot of good things about these. The stock seat starts to get uncomfortable after about 200 miles.
http://www.corbin.com/saddles.shtml
I've heard your posterior doesn't get tired on one of these.

Third, some bar risers to take some of the extreme angle out of the bikes clip-ons.
http://www.helibars.com/products.html
These are even supposed to add a little clearance around the tank.


Any other ideas or comments on the aforementioned products would be appreciated.

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You're on the right track. I've ridden cross country numerous times, the last few which have been on a VFR or Superhawk.

I like Zero Gravity double bubble windshields for a little extra wind protection. They also have a "sport touring" model for a little more coverage. Givi also makes taller than stock shields. Be careful though, too tall and wind noise becomes distracting.

On that subject, I wear earplugs; usually the cheap disposable type. However, I had a custom set made at a show I attended recently; $45. Noise is a factor in fatigue. At the end of a long day, one will be less fragged if hearing protection is used.

I'm big on tankbags so that I have different gloves, electric vest, water, camera, hat (for off bike), map case, etc. right at hand. I use RKA but there are so many on the market.

If traveling far and additional clothing is required, you'll need more luggage. Again, I use RKA saddlebags and tail bag, but lots of other good stuff is out there. The RKA folks will color coordinate luggage with bikes, though, if that's important.

I find that my Aerstich gear, either the Roadcrafter or Darien outfit offer the most versatility. They are vented for hot weather, mostly waterproof for rainy weather, and the Darien has a removable electric liner for cool weather. I love my leathers but it's hard to beat the textile stuff for versatility. There is a lot of that on the market, too.

As you can see, it's not just the bike, but what you wear, too. It takes a bit of thought to go touring. I took off 30 years ago on a 750 Honda with a blue jean jacket and one pair of gloves and a duffle bag full of clothes. I have learned quite a lot since then.

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Thanks vfroger
All this is very helpful. I just bought a tank bag. They seem to be pretty handy for short trips. Luggage for sportbikes is wonderful. Hopefully I can find something removable. I've got a couple diffrerent leather jackets for the winter along with some insulated coveralls that let me ride all winter without ever being cold. Warm weather though, I'll have to try one of those textile jackets.
I also notice my ears buzzing after a long ride. I have a full Hindle exhaust on my bike, but I can't hear it if I'm doing more than 40 or 45 miles per hour. The wind really does get pretty noisy. Those earplugs sound like a good idea.
Any other comments out there? Always appreciated.

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ear plugs make all the difference in world when it comes to fatigue.. you mentioned bar risers, make sure you measure for them first, not all front cowls have enough clearence between the top of the bars and the bottom of the cowl to allow for them to fit so that you can make a full lock turn without hitting


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Thanks plasticweld
I'll think seriously about some ear protection. How do I find out about local shows? I've heard about some sweet deals at shows. Plus maybe I can have some earplugs made. Any good brands of earplugs I should keep an eye out for?
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I just use the foam plugs, they are dirt cheap, and seem to be the most comfortable. I have a Escort radar detector on my bike with the speaker set mounted behind the foam of my helmet, I have an HJC helmet which is already one of the most quite on the market. with the plugs in and the helmet with it's protection from road noise I can still hear my radar detector go off withe plugs in.. a radar detector may be another option to think of if you are planning a long trip.. I have found that you need only be on a sportbike to be quilty of speeding,, an advance warning can't hurt,, it sucks to get tickets, what better way to take the fun out of a long trip


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Cheap earplugs can be bought in pharmacies or from industrial safety vendors. They work. Try the Howard Leight Max or Max Lights. Also EAR makes numerous ones. Most of these are disposable, i.e. intended for one use. I find that I can use them for two or three days before they get funky.

Look at this link for the shows.

http://show.motorcycleshows.com/IMSB.../V33/index.cvn

I'm sure you can find all kinds of goodies at one of these.

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Thanks to you both. This is all very helpful

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If you're into techno gadgets, a GPS is great. They can be mounted with some nice RAM mounts and will accomodate a radar detector next to them.

I'm also very fond of my heated vest. It works great to take off the chill at night or early am riding. Silk long johns are great under gear too. They keep stuff from binding and we all know how uncomfortable certain items are when "bound"

For those long pulls on the interstate (between to good sections...Nebraska comes to mind) I think a good MP3 player is a great option. Just don't play it when your in urban or busy traffic...too distracting. A friend just converted Steven Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers" from a CD to MP3...should be great to listen to on a long boring road.

Heli-bars are designed to fit directly with your bike, so you shouldn't have any fitment problems with your fairing.

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Thanks Tahoe,
A GPS sounds like a really slick idea. That might come in useful out in the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of a city. Do they have a little map screen on them? Where do you get one of those?
MP3 sounds alot better than a CD player. It wont skip when you take a detour through a pothole.
Good ideas all!

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