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    How far can you ride before it hurts?

    I just got back from a 230 mile ride today. The first time I put my feet down after leaving was at 100 miles, and man did that feel good! I also took a 2 part ride a few weeks ago that totaled about 350 miles in one day.

    My goal is to ride down to Houston which is about 1200 miles each way at the beginning of June. I'm not sure how long I can ride before I am too stiff and sore to go on.

    I'm hoping I can build up a "tolerance" and get my butt more into shape before the big ride.

    I know I won't be able to make the trip down in one day, but I'm hoping to be down there by the 3rd day of leaving, which would be about 400 miles a day. Is that realistic?

    Thanks

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    400 is realistic, but the ninja seat sucks. Might want to send it to spencers seat mods to get it made more comfortable.

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    I don't have a problem with the seat, I get sore in my legs. Knees and ankles mostly. If I stop every now and then and get off and walk around a bit and stretch, it helps a lot.

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    I usually try to fill up around 100 miles and walk around and stretch. I did a 300 mile day when I first got my bike, and was very sore, but since then I've built up a tolerance. Part of that might be that I am not so excited about riding my new bike that I remember to move around on the seat, haha. I'm kinda interested in one of those gel seat pads, but would be a little worried about it sliding around while I was riding.

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    I'm used to long days and prefer them. 400 miles of twisties makes a happy Smash. The trick is to work yourself up to it. I heard being in good shape helps, but I never bothered. :beer:
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    I also have more issues from my legs than backside!

    The pegs are a little high and since I like to ride as fast as legally possible I am also tucked down under my touring windscreen to avoid the massive wind blast. That puts a lot of stress on my leg muscles, and I even try to put my feet up on the back pegs once in a while or move back and forth in the seat.

    I've thought about taking the bike to Vegas, but unless I could go 100+ mph and get there quickly I think I would be better off planning on making about 3 longer stops, as there's no way I could do the 290 miles, even with the necessary 1 or 2 stops for gas. Maybe see what's on Zzyzx Road?
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    I use a seat pad that raises me up maybe a half inch to an inch. It does wonders for my bum knee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smash View Post
    I use a seat pad that raises me up maybe a half inch to an inch. It does wonders for my bum knee.
    I'd love more leg room since my joints get cranky on this thing. At least it's nowhere near as bad as the 250 was thank god, I put my feet down after 45 minutes on the highway and I'm pretty sure the people in the car next to me could hear my joints pop. Unfortunately I can't flat foot this bike even with my riding boots on (close but no cigar), so I don't think I'll go for anything that raises the seat height. I'm kinda screwed. Also my job doesn't do me any favors. I spend 8 hours a day walking around on concrete floors. My legs and feet hurt enough as it is without becoming a pretzel on my bike.

    I'm beginning to think I'm just weirdly shaped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Rocket View Post
    Maybe see what's on Zzyzx Road?
    Ain't nothi'n on Zzyzx road. At least there wasn't 20 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtjBatman View Post
    I'd love more leg room since my joints get cranky on this thing. At least it's nowhere near as bad as the 250 was thank god, I put my feet down after 45 minutes on the highway and I'm pretty sure the people in the car next to me could hear my joints pop. Unfortunately I can't flat foot this bike even with my riding boots on (close but no cigar), so I don't think I'll go for anything that raises the seat height. I'm kinda screwed. Also my job doesn't do me any favors. I spend 8 hours a day walking around on concrete floors. My legs and feet hurt enough as it is without becoming a pretzel on my bike.

    I'm beginning to think I'm just weirdly shaped.
    You could lower the pegs if you are not already scraping them, but then you would probably complain about your butt more.
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    If I'm slabbing it, 150-200 miles is all I can tolerate without a break. 500 miles a day is the furthest I've gone in a single go, but I'm sure I could go further. I just haven't had a need to yet. I'm very happy with my seat, but my legs get to cramping up. After 120 miles, I have to start stretching my legs out periodically... If I had somewhere more comfortable to put my feet up (like highway pegs), I could easily go all day on the bike, but currently my knees don't like it for long periods of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheeladdict View Post
    You could lower the pegs if you are not already scraping them, but then you would probably complain about your butt more.
    I don't have years of experience riding motorcycles, so I'm not sure if this makes sense. I feel like I'm constantly pushing with my feet/legs on the pegs. The seat hasn't bothered me at all yet (neither did the 250's), but my feet and legs sometimes hurt a lot depending on how active the traffic is. Normal? Weird? Everyone is different?

    Lowering the pegs might be an idea. I don't think I would scrape them, I'm not exactly dropping a knee on corners or anything.

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    Give lowering the pegs a shot. If it doesn't work, you can recoup some of your cost by selling the lowering kit. If it works, eureka!
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    i'm good for 2 hrs/100 miles, that or thereabouts.

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    Thanks for the input!

    I've heard some people complain about the looks of our one piece seat, but it helps me a ton to stretch out on it when I start to get sore. I can almost sit on the passenger part and still reach the bars.

    Also, I pulled off the OEM windscreen almost 1000 miles ago and don't miss it one bit!

    If I remember next time I will put ear plugs in, as it's been suggested that it will help as well.

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