Sounds like your on the right track with the seat, they stock seat is pretty brutal. Have fun!
skeleton said:I rode 9-days last Spring, that was my longest. I regularly go away for a weekend once a month.
My essentials for touring are:
- Throttle lock (I made a simple one from a velcro strap)
- Throttle rocker (buy at Honda Carter in Vancouver)
- Visor wiper that fits over your gloved finger (buy a skiing stores)
- Ear plugs (buy at most large lumber stores for construction workers, Dunbar Lumber)
- Warm clothing
- Leather pants over long johns or jeans.
- Fleese jacket under heavy leather jacket.
- Neck band.
- Rain gear (I carry conventional Goretex jacket and pants bought at MEC, one size larger fits nicely over riding gears).
- Water bottle or thermos bottle.
- Sandwiches and snacks.
- Hard luggage is much better than soft for extended trips. They are so fast to remove when entering a motel. Also, they are a wee bit more secure when left unattended.
- I ride with a stock seat. I found it comfortable enough for all my touring days. I often do 800 kms day after day; never with a sore butt. I found the secret is to continually move around on the seat while riding - say every 30 mins move forward or aft.
- I add highway pegs to my bike. This helped allot for the long long rides. See my other posting for how to install them on our bike. They cost me only $30.
So you had better luck with a totally stock seat on a long ride???AutoXer said:Have you taken any longish rides (say, over 200 miles a day) on it yet? I ask because I initially wasn't crazy about the lack of comfort of the hard seat in my daily commuting and thought about an aftermarket seat. Then I took my first all-day ride, and boy was the seat comfortable! I think the firm seat gives better support that isn't appreciated until you have spent a number of hours in the saddle. So make sure you are really unhappy with the seat before you make changes or spend the money.
I have found the that the bicycle-style compression shorts are nice (I have the Aerostitch ones cut specifically for motorcycling - hopefully you look better in them than my fat butt does!)
Camelback is a good idea in warm weather and when wearing a mesh jacket (the air flow dries your sweat quickly and you can actually get dehydrated, followed by brain fade and a little get off - ask me how I know).
Also make sure the weight of the stuff you are hauling in your bags and elsewhere is evenly distributed so the bike handles the same in any turn. And enjoy!!
Hey Barb,Wow, I tuck in for sleep for the night, wake up and WOW. You guys are great!!!!!
Headlight mod is already shopped for, will be done when heated grips go on. Same as a throttle lock addition. My spouse has one on his Vmax, and is currently adding one to the FRJ as his heated grips go on. Rain gear is a staple riding item here in BC. They don't call Vancouver Island a rain forest for nothing...L.
Ummm, earplugs I have tried. I love how less tired I am when riding with them. Never knew how much the noise sucked out of a person, but the plugs tend to hurt my ears and they become an annoyance from the pain. I have heard of a company that will custom mold silicone plugs for a more than reasonable fee, and we're looking into that.
Turtlenecks and a camelback...adding those to the list. I tend to rely on a scrunched up hoodie worn under my mesh jacket, but thats incredibly bulky on days you only sorta need some wind protection on your neck. Thanks!
Will definitely do a seat foam mod before too long. I have done one longish ride (put 1000km on the 1st weekend I had the bike) and I have to say we did a number of Tim Hortons pitstops to give my ass and wrist a break. I find the seat comfy as it is, but I do admit there are those pinch points you were talking about. I can stand on the pegs and wiggle or lay down on the tank a bit for relief, but that gets old, fast...Bike shorts, now that is an idea worth a spin. Thanks also for that.
Tankbag also on my shopping list. I don't like the HUGE ones, but Joe Rocket has this low profile one that I quite like. I am cheap tho. I sew leather for a living and I keep thinking I can make myself one, but...(I am more like the mechanic who's car is falling apart), probably less frustrating to buy one...L
Light source for night time also goes on the list...Should be a no-brainer for everyone out at night, but I have to admit I have been caught in a car in the middle of nowhere in the dark. Thanks...
Bookmarking the iron Butt and AMA links as well...
This is great, did I mention that already?
1st trip for us will likely be from here, down thru the Olympic Peninsula, Oregon Coast, Norther CA, then back up the Oregon Valley and home. Pics will be posted for sure!
If any of you make up to Vancouver Island, we are on the edge of some of the best rides around. Drop us a line and we can be tour guides, or give you some island riding tips (road conditions, good eateries etc).
I appreciate your post. As a new owner of an ‘06 Fz6, I can tell that the seat will likely be an issue. I haven’t driven it on the highway so I’d love to know if you found a good replacement screen. I have the wrist saver pseudo cruise control that I had on my old commuter and it works fine so far. Love what little experience I’ve had with the bike just want to be smart about any upgradesI bought my 2005 FZ6 new, still own it and still love it. Its fun and effortless to ride. I've taken it on long trips and it works, but being over 50, it was a bit uncomfortable. Its solid on the highway (I don't find it buzzy), screams like a bat out of hell (loves to rev, redlines at 14K) and solid in the wind. Its great for around town, its really nimble. On long trips I found 3 things I disliked:
These are easily fixed:
- stock windscreen doesn't block enough wind making my neck tired
- stock seat uncomfortable after couple hours
- no throttle cruise control
So these are all complaints on long trips, but for short highway commuting, it's fine. If you're young and healthy, these complaints might not be so bad anyway even on really long rides.
- get a better windscreen (I haven't done that yet but plenty out there)
- get a better seat ( I got a Corbin and big difference, though any seat after all day riding will give you a sore butt)
- get a throttle lock (I have an Omni Cruise Control, but there are others)
I bought a Ducati Multistrada for the long trips and its much more comfortable. Its also a lot more powerful. The Ducati is a beast but much heavier and less nimble. I like it, just don't love it. Every time I get on the FZ6, I say to myself I LOVE this bike! I just couldn't part with it.
The FZ6 is a great bike, it does anything you want and its fun while doing it. You won't regret it.