I am probably old school on this and will look in to the mountain bike pants myself, but I use an animal/sheep skin on my seat (the same one since 1981) when wearing jeans on long rides. It wicks the sweat off your butt in the heat and helps with the cold, too. I don't have it permanently attached so it can be removed and put away if it rains or if you're doing some hard two lane stuff and want to slide around a lot. They are miserable when rain soaked and take forever to dry if they do get wet. I just lay it on the seat (it covers front and rear) and tuck it under my rear bag or a bungee cord on the rear seat. When you get on, position the front and sit down. It stays in position. Even if I stand to stretch, I just put a hand on it and stand up. It stays put. Another thing is a throttle lock. I don't use it all of the time but it is handy, even riding around town, for those moments when you need to scratch something on the right side or give your hand a rest or stretch your fingers. Nothing fancier than a Vista Cruise brand is required which costs about $20.00. I have always had this on any bike that didn't have an electronic cruise or a non-spring return throttle like the OLD Harleys. On my CBR1000 I had to file the control knob down to clear the tank in extreme right lock position but it works great. If you're running interstate, shift around in the saddle and on the foot pegs to avoid one seating position for very long which tends to stiffen you up. This won't be as important early in the day, but will make the end of the day more tolerable so do it right from the start. Once you get cramped or stiff it won't go away until you're off the bike for some time, probably overnight. Also, stop AT LEAST every hundred miles and get off and stretch. This doesn't have to be long (less than 5 min.) but do it from the first hundred when you may not feel like you need it. It makes the later day much easier, same as above. Especially it's at all hot, at each gas stop (approx. 200 miles) wash down your face and arms while your're washing the bugs off your visor, and drink something. This has a way of waking you up and helping you to stay fresh. Don't forget Chap Stick for drier climates and sun screen for exposed skin BUT be careful with sun screen on your forehead or around your eyes because when you sweat it can find it's way into your eyes where it will virtually blind you with the burning sensation. Also, keep a paper towel or use your pants or something to vigorously rub the stuff off of the palms of your hands as it will tend to deteriorate the rubber in a lot of hand grips and other parts if you get it on them. The grips get gummy if this happens. Also, I would strongly suggest not to carry any firearms. State laws vary but most don't allow loaded, concealed weapons and they are more likely to cause you big trouble than help you even a little. I hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by Dad (edited October 09, 2000).]