My wife and I just did our first trip on our motorcycles. We even blogged about it
Anyway, before the trip I had an Eastern Beaver PC-8 installed to drive a Powerlet adapter and an adapter for my GPS. We used the GPS the whole time (I plotted routes before we left), and used the Powerlet to pump up the Blast's tires one morning.
I already had installed a Givi E52, which worked great. We have a Rick Steves backpack that we packed light enough for it to fit. It was plenty for the 3 day trip.
I have a Baldwin seat that Loren custom made just for me
My seat does great for short rides (much
better than the stock seat). But on this trip, it just didn't cut it. I'll admit that my maximus is rather minimus. So what should I do in addition to that?
Also, my throttle hand (and arm!) ached almost the whole trip (after about 2 hours into each leg). I read this thread
and tried loosening my grip, but to no avail ... I kept catching myself with a tight grip. Still, my left hand was fine. I might try some of the suggestions in there, but I think I also need to work more on loosening my grip.
I know now that there's no getting around it: I need a new windscreen. I got tired of being blown around the whole time. I like the look of some of the other windscreens, but I think I'll get the CalSci
because it seems the most functional.
I also need to find a better traveling bike for my wife. The Buell Blast did surprisingly well. There were no power or size issues, really (she had no issues cruising at 70 mph). But she could use something bigger, less vibey and with more range and baggage options. The V has approximately twice the range as the Blast just because of its tank size. We're considering the Honda NT700V
and maybe a couple of others. She's 5'4" and could never handle a bike as tall as the V. I think she'd like something that works great around the city, where we ride almost every weekend, and then something comfortable on overnight trips. Any other suggestions?
This all made me want to do more trips. It really was a lot of fun, which is amazing considering by butt and hand/arm hurt so much of the time.
Makes me think I should buy another bike for touring
. But my garage is packed with 2 cars and 3 bikes. Maybe just sell the V and get another sport tourer? So many awesome bikes
! But I'm sticking with the V for now. I think I have a lot to learn from it.