Join Date: May 2005
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Re: Geting comfortable
I've had two LT's both with the stock seat. I found my 2000 to be more comfortable than my 2003 for some reason. They may have changed the seat slightly. Remember also that the seat has two positions. I have found the higher to be more comfortable for me, but you should try both and see how they each feel to you.
I also move my legs as much as possible, and use the rear pegs part of the time to get my weight in a diffeerent place than any foot forward position allows.
I agree that hydration is important, and not eating a bunch of sweets. I still haven't gotten a camelback.
I did 500 miles Tuesday in two stops and 7 hours riding time with a fair number of work zones. If you want to do 700-1000 mile days you need to be going speeds that keep your saddle time to 12-14 hours max and walk the whole time you are stopped to promote circualtion in your legs.
Personally my biggest problems are my knees and hips on long days (over 500 miles). Get out and ride 100 or more miles every time you get a chance and work your way up. They don't call long distance riders Iron Butt for nothing.
That's my $.02
1972 Honda SL 125 (1 st bike)(rest in peace)
1974 Honda CB350 F1 (smoothness personified)
1973 Honda CB350 twin (unsafe at any speed)
1971 Kawasaki H-1A 500 (wheelie King)
1975 Honda GL1000 (4 into 1 header, Vetter fairing)
1981 KTM 420 Enduro (fast and smooth)
1979 Yamaha 750 Special (suprisingly fast)
1981 Honda GL1100 Interstate (rough rider)
2000 K1200LT ICon (gone but not forgotten)
2003 K1200LTE Silver Lightning 131,637 miles 07/01/13
Gear Up Every Time You Ride !
The Skin You Save Will Be Your Own !
I'm sorry but the laws of physics prevent me from going any faster than the vehicle directly in front of me !