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I've taken a number of 2500+ mile trips on my VN750 over the past 8 years. I thought I would share some comfort tips and other wisdom that I have learned, for those of you who intend to take long trips.



1. The Airhawk Medium Cruiser seat cushion is a must. No butt pain at all, no matter how many miles I ride. Mustang (or Corbin, if you like) is good, but nothing compares to the Airhawk.

2. I got some pricey socks, but they are great. "Sokz" made by Cima International (www.real-rider.com) - I wish I could afford to have about 10 pairs. They also make "Bodz" and "Hedz" for other parts of your body. I haven't tried them yet, but I'd like to.

3. Jockey GoMesh Midway Briefs -- best riding underwear ever. Trust me, I've tried a lot of different kinds. Can't speak for the ladies, but guys should not leave home without them. They really do make a difference, especially on hot days. Anti-Monkey Butt powder is good stuff, too.

4. Get some rain gear. Including something for your feet if you don't have waterproof boots. If you tour, you WILL ride in the rain. It's really not that bad if you're dressed properly.

5. Stop often and "sniff the daisies" as grambo would say, and while you're stopped, drink something (non-alcoholic, of course). Not only does it help to keep you alert and hydrated, it allows you to enjoy the local scenery.

6. Seek out little diners in small towns instead of chain restaurants in larger cities. Ask for the special of the day. They usually have great food at very reasonable prices, and each one is a unique experience. Listen to the regulars that are sitting there drinking coffee and shooting the bull. They are quite entertaining!

7. Take plenty of pictures and keep a log, because you think you will remember it all, but you won't.

8. Talk to the locals. Every town has at least one old fart who "used to have a bike" and "rode the h*ll out of it" back in the day, and their stories are wonderful.

9. If you've never done it, try to get to the Tail of the Dragon, US129 at Deal's Gap in eastern TN. It's worth the trip.

10. Fill up with gas more often than you think you need to. Sometimes it's a LONG way between stations. And even if your GPS tells you there is a station up ahead, chances are it has closed down in the last year or two.


Happy Trails!!!!
 

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Very nice.

Gotta take time to look around, smell, listen, whatever. Take it in as you go, don't just go to get there.
 

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Great tips; I've been looking for a comfort mod for my stock seat. x2 on #9 I can't wait for "the tail" to reopen from the TN side. Should be completely clear by the end of July.
 

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With all due respect, I wish there were more threads on this forum like this one.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR WISDOM WITH US...!!!!....:notworthy

Even more nuggets of wisdom and ideas like this would be much, much appreciated, since the experience of touring represents some of the finest in motorcycling.

Except for its smaller gas tank, and the uncomfy factory seat, the VN750 is quite a worthy touring machine, and is a better mount for this duty than a lot of the newer cruisers out there (in my opinion, anyway)...:D
 

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To practice what I "preached" above, I'll offer (again) the following AMA link, which has some pretty good ideas in it, as well:

http://www.ama-cycle.org/roadride/Riderresc/33secrets.asp


Also: the following are some of the better ideas that I've learned about longer rides...

1. Avoid the interstates. Instead, seek out local color, local hidden "gems" and far better scenery by taking the back roads and secondary highways. Leave the interstates strictly for those who are in a hurry.

2. If your destination or route will allow it, use websites like http://www.openroadjourney.com/ and http://www.motorcycleroads.us/ to benefit from other's experience to pick out some of the better roads for motorcycle travel.

3. Pick (above) is right--riding in the rain is an ok experience, but ONLY if you're dressed for it. I've had good luck with "Frog Toggs", Cruiserworks brand boots, and also "triple digit" rain gloves from Aerostich: http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-triple-digit-rain-covers.html

Unless you have a really good windshield and/or fairing, a full face or modular helmet is a must for riding in the rain over real distances.

4. A GPS is really, really handy for riding in unfamiliar territory (even with the handheld, battery-powered models). If you know how to use the GPS, it's virtually impossible to get lost with it. It's also much easier to find a location again if you leave a spot and come back again to it later, say after dark--or from a different direction.

Hope the above helps!...:smiley_th
 

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Thanks! Someday I will be going for longer trips. I have some leave in september. I should get the airhawk...
 

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I agree with the air hawk, I go tone years ago and have done 500+ miles in a day and felt great. Rode to the Gathering with Pick a couple of times, wish I could go this year but vacation is in short supply.
 

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I agree with the air hawk, I go tone years ago and have done 500+ miles in a day and felt great. Rode to the Gathering with Pick a couple of times, wish I could go this year but vacation is in short supply.
And we'll miss you, too. Could you please send a batch of chili anyway? <g>
 

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If you can cary it down there I will make some.
 

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Thanks for the tips - I've done a fair amount of bicycle touring, but none yet on the motorcycle. Didn't realize that the VN750 was really cut out for it, but this thread has me intrigued to say the least.
 

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Thanks for the tips - I've done a fair amount of bicycle touring, but none yet on the motorcycle. Didn't realize that the VN750 was really cut out for it, but this thread has me intrigued to say the least.
The Tour Package for the the Vulcan 750 is what originally peeked my interest in these little machines... at first I wanted the Package very badly (and when I get my second 750 it will get the complete F&S treatment), but for now I fell in love with a custom bagger design. it makes an excellent commuter/tour. I am setting my bike up to do just about every thing.

As for long trips... I was hoping to do about 2000 miles this month, but financial issues crept up at the last minute. So instead of riding, I am doing more custom work, and getting ready to finally start logging some commuter millage.

I always carry my rain gear... I have gotten caught to many times with out it. I also carry my hand held GPS when ever going into fresh territory.

Other things I always carry:
2 screw drivers (1 flat tip, and one cross tip)
Pliers
crescent wrench
small hammer
Spark plug socket,
4 spark plugs
extra fuses and relays
bailing wire
duct tape
Anti fog Wipes

Things I carry depending upon the type of ride (I.E commuting or going for the afternoon ride):
water
1 qt oil
1 gal of gasoline
and any other miscellaneous items I can think of before heading out.

When I used to be an avid Hiker, I used to have a back pack packed at all times with emergency items, an extra change of cloths, and a few survivla necessities. I would leave it by the door for those I feel like going to the "Woods" moments. I am thinking of setting up another bag just like that for those days when I get the urge to just ride. Having a pre-packed pack makes those "I wish I had that" situations less. Also when you do come a crossed something you didn't pack... Just add it to a mental note and put it in there the next chance you get. Also along with the pack, have an Itemized check list of what needs to be in the pack at a bare minimum and inspect the pack contents from time to time to make sure use able items get replaced, this is also a great time to put in those "I wish I had that" items into the pack.

Just my $0.02
 

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Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed reading it. It awakend wanderlust.
 
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