Well today was a day for experimentation. I tried out 3 things today; ear plugs, sun glasses and long distance riding.
First the ear plugs. They were great and it was really nice to get off the bike after 2 1/2 hours with no affects on my hearing. On the downside, you can't hear traffic until it is right beside you and you lose touch with your bike. I found myself going faster than I thought because I couldn't hear the engine and wind noise like I am used to. I think I will use the plugs for long rides, but not on short trips.
As for the sunglasses, I give them two thumbs up! I don't think I could get by without them now. I wear a full-face helmet, so I have to put the helmet on and open the visor to put the glasses on. One question though, my glasses are Ray-Ban with metal frames and glass lenses; should I get a plastic frame/plastic lens pair in case of accidents?
Lastly, I was doing a test run for distance riding. I have ridden 150 miles several times and just over 200 miles once. But that was with several stops. Today I did 137 miles in 2 1/2 hours without a stop. Well, a couple red lights got me, but I never got off the bike. My goal is to ride across the state to Virginia Beach to my brothers house and back some weekend. The time and distance I did today would put me half way there. I had no problem doing it and could have gone much further, especially with a stop or two.
I wore full gear, 8" boots, jeans, padded/armored leather coat, leather gloves and full face helmet. When I started, it was mid-70s, when I finished it was 85. It really wasn't all that bad as long as I was moving. The jacket has several vents and they definitely help. I got stopped at a light next to a HD Streetglide. The guy was wearing a skid lid, shorts, t-shirt and Crocs. Oh if only I were invincible too. No offense to anyone who rides like this; I would be to scared to do it.
Other lessons learned are this bike can run 4,500 rpm all day and ask for more. It runs 4,500 at an indicated 70mph (about 64 mpg according to the gps). It feels right at home at that speed and actually smooths out above 4,000 rpm. When I put the bike away, she was looking at me asking why we didn't ride faster and farther.