We know how it feels. A lengthy journey on your motorcycle is exhilarating and refreshing — but the soreness you feel during or afterward? Talk about a pain in the backside.
If you're big on touring, preparation is crucial so you can have a great riding experience you won't suffer for later. Let's go through some tips on how to stay comfortable on a long motorcycle ride.
Dressing for the weather is probably the most important factor. Zipping up a vented or mesh outfit, for example, will regulate airflow and sweat around you on warmer days. In chilly weather, heated or insulated gloves will keep your fingers toasty. Consider the compression garments that athlete cyclists wear for stabilizing their muscles and improving blood circulation.
These days, it seems motorcycle seats are manufactured to fit the aesthetic of the bike rather than rider comfort. Replacing the whole seat isn't always the best option. Try padding with sheepskin, a common material used for seat covers that helps increase breathability. If you want something with more cushion and are willing to invest an extra amount, there are adjustable air-filled pads out there. It takes some experimenting to find the seat configuration that elevates you and reduces pressure on the spine.
Just like with sleeping, the most comfortable motorcycle riding position differs for everyone. During a long motorcycle trip, some riders prefer to slide back in their seat slightly, and others will scoot up. Occasionally do a little shift that keeps your body from getting tight and the blood flowing, but be careful about nudging the throttle or bars by accident.
You're vulnerable to stiff joints and muscle cramps if you're spending several hours in one spot. Once you feel your body complaining, it's time to give it some rest. At the gas station or rest stop, go for a short walk to loosen your legs. Stretch out your lower back, shoulders and neck as well. Have a drink of water even if you're not feeling overheated. We know some folks roll out a sleeping bag for a catnap on occasion, too. Remember that riding fatigued is dangerous.
Sometimes the wind whipping and the engine roaring can be mind-numbing. A plug-and-play radio kit may be just what you need to get your head nodding and your fingers tapping to your favorite music. Plus, with the Bluetooth smartphone connection on available Harley-Davidson dash kits, you could even dial some buddies to talk to or stream a podcast and break the monotony of a long trip.
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