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Saddle Sore warm up?

A couple weeks ago I made a ride from northern WI out to lower MI to see some old friends.

Door to door was 600 miles, the longest single day ride I've done. I left early on Friday morning only to ride through 5 hours of rain before I hit Mackinac. The rest of the ride dried out and warmed up a little. I pulled in just under 12 hours after I left.

I spent two days there and then did the whole thing in reverse, less most of the rain.

After the first day of riding, I still felt pretty good when I pulled in which got me thinking that I may have to try a saddle sore 1000 next summer.

Who here has done one and any advice?

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600 miles is nothing to sneeze at!...nicely done.


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Right now I'm using an airhawk on top of a stock saddle. I also cut a tapered piece of foam that I put inside the airhawk case, but under the air cells, that helps to level out the seat overall.

So far it works pretty good and allows me to go 2-3 hours between breaks.

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When my butt starts to hurt i slow down some and just stand on the pegs for awhile instead of stopping.

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When my butt starts to hurt i slow down some and just stand on the pegs for awhile instead of stopping.
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I haven't done an official SS1000, but I did an unofficial one, unplanned and undocumented. I was in northern Minnesota and had to work until about 2 in the afternoon. I planned to ride about halfway home to Ohio and stop for the night, but it was a summer weekend and I waited too late in the evening to stop, so every hotel I stopped at was booked up. After several fruitless stops and a lot of wasted time, I just said "screw it!" and kept on riding. I got home about 9 a.m. the next day, a little over a thousand miles, but since I didn't document it it didn't really happen, right?

By the way, this was quite a few years ago and was before the Versys even existed.

As for advice, the resident expert here is Lonerockz, who doesn't even get the Versys out of the garage for anything under a 500-mile day.

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I haven't done an official SS1000, but I did an unofficial one, unplanned and undocumented. I was in northern Minnesota and had to work until about 2 in the afternoon. I planned to ride about halfway home to Ohio and stop for the night, but it was a summer weekend and I waited too late in the evening to stop, so every hotel I stopped at was booked up. After several fruitless stops and a lot of wasted time, I just said "screw it!" and kept on riding. I got home about 9 a.m. the next day, a little over a thousand miles, but since I didn't document it it didn't really happen, right?

By the way, this was quite a few years ago and was before the Versys even existed.

As for advice, the resident expert here is Lonerockz, who doesn't even get the Versys out of the garage for anything under a 500-mile day.

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1,000 miles ?!?! Thanks, butt (spelling intended) no thanks. I don't have much spare meat on my butt and after several hours it's just not fun anymore. And for me, riding is supposed to be fun. At my age, I'd rather detour OFF the interstate and sacrifice "miles logged" for "miles enjoyed." I now refer to my rides by their "time in the saddle" as opposed to "miles ridden."
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1,000 miles ?!?! Thanks, butt (spelling intended) no thanks. I don't have much spare meat on my butt and after several hours it's just not fun anymore. And for me, riding is supposed to be fun. At my age, I'd rather detour OFF the interstate and sacrifice "miles logged" for "miles enjoyed." I now refer to my rides by their "time in the saddle" as opposed to "miles ridden."
Sorta like "smiles-per-gallon" rather than "miles-per-gallon"...!

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Recently did a 7K ride from Malaysia to Cambodia , Thailand and back to Malaysia, It was a 14 days tour and only 3 day off the bike. I did around 600km per day average. There one day where I did 1200K Km and it was painfull one.

I have an air hawk like gel seat and did wear gel shorts but nothing works at that distance on the saddle. You just have to get use to it.

Only advise is dont hurt your tail bone as it take time to heal.
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Don't get me wrong here guys, normally I'm a "stay off the freeway" type of rider, but there have been a few times where I had to get from point A to point B and that was that.

It's almost like a test I just want to pass.

I've tried typing another line or two to further explain what's on my mind but I just can't seem to spit it out.

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the problem of long ride is , we worry about the distance even before we seat on the saddle. Just go and do it and get over with it. I did it and am fine.

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