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Offline JEM

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Murfreesboro To Monteagle And Back
« on: August 14, 2008, 06:30:00 pm »
Today was my first tour (if you can call it that) on my Concours 14 ABS.   It was 150 miles over about 4 hours, from Murfreesboro, TN, to   Monteagle, TN, and back. It was 85 degrees F and sunny, i.e., a   beautiful day for a ride!    The purpose of the trip was to get the bike up to speed and work out   any bugs, if any, in preparation for longer rides.    I left out of Murfreesboro at 9:30 a.m. on Hwy. 41 South (2 lanes)   towards Monteagle, which is up in some low mountains. The road is   basically flat for most of the trip, but when you get close to Monteagle   and start up the mountain, it gets curvy real fast, especially after   getting used to running straight at 60 mph. There is one really nice   hairpin curve! I arrived in Monteagle at 11:00 a.m. and stopped at   McD's for a quick bite before heading back towards Murfreesboro.    I left McD's at about 11:30 a.m. and took Hwy. 41A North (2 lanes), for   the ride back. Hwy. 41A is longer and not as fun as Hwy. 41. The ride   off of the mountain is too short , there are too many towns to go   through, and too many 18 wheelers to blow you around. I took 41A   North all the way to Eagleville before turning onto Hwy. 99 East (2   lanes) for Murfreesboro.     Hwy. 99 East, near Eagleville, is under construction. They're making it 4   lanes, so there are a lot of dump trucks and rocks on the road, making   it not so fun. I arrived back in Murfreesboro at 1:30 p.m.    Lessons learned... I said my trip was to work out any problems with the   bike and my gear. First, the seat has to be changed! My butt is killing   me!!! And it was only 4 hours at about 60 mph. Second, I could use the   extended windshield. I had the windshield all the way down, which   kept me very cool, but when I raised it all the way up, the blast   knocked my head around pretty good. Third, my gloves are not very   comfortable. My left palm felt like it was going to blister and the   fingers on my right hand started tingling after a few minutes of riding.   I think my glove may be cutting off circulation. Finally, the heat   coming off of the engine on the right side was considerably more than   on the left side. I plan to adjust the foam on the right side to reduce   the heat. Other than that, it was a great ride, but I'm very tired!    Until next time...
Jeff 
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Offline Greg Habel

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2008, 08:24:00 am »
Nice write-up Jeffry.  Great idea to do a shake-down. Over the next 1,000 miles you will have a good idea of what changes you need to make. Just when you think you've got it all set, you go to a COG rally and see - hey that's pretty cool - I gotta get one of those!  It's all good fun.    I need a better seat for my C10.  I am toying around with another theory though.  The makers of LD Comfort motorcycle underwear say that much of the pain we feel is actually caused by seams.  Eliminate/reduce the seams and you have better butt endurance.  I own a pair of their underwear (completely eliminated "Monkey Butt" rash for me).  Considering modifying one of my pair of jeans by removing the rear pockets so I don't have any seams but the one that matches up with our "natural seam".  Then the only seams left will be in my riding pants.  Progress report pending.    Enjoy making changes and making it YOUR bike.  Hope to meet you one day.  Greg H  MA  COG# 7010/7010a Tracey  CDA 120  Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude -CDAAD  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle"  05 Ninja 250  
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008, 08:33:00 am »
Sounds like a nice little run. What kind of gloves are you wearing?     Just like anything else on these bikes, there are many ways to work on the seat and everybody swears by their own solution. You might try a seatcover of some sort (beads, gel, etc) before you put money into a new seat. You can also have the foam padding changed in the existing seat, somebody posted their love for that here just the other day. Bike shorts have been recommended too. I have a C10 and I love the stock seat, but I tend to drink a lot of coffee so I'm going to be stopping every 100 to 150 miles regardless. :)    ::EDIT::    What Greg said about seams applies to gloves as well. True motorcycle gloves should have the seams folded out, not in like normal gloves. They should also have a little pre-break in them to naturally form around the grips. I like gloves because they're relatively cheap compared to the rest of the gear so it's easy to have several pairs for different conditions.     '06 C10  Brett Hatfield  AMA# 1019197  COG# 8229 (CDA# 0267)  <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brett0769/2739088475/" title="Connie 8-08 by Brett0769, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2739088475_f0196924f5_t.jpg" width="100" height="75" alt="Connie 8-08" />[/url]  
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2008, 10:58:00 am »
Greg,    Thanks for pointing toward LD Comfort. I think I'll buy a pair and give it   try. I like the seat on my bike and have never had a problem, but I've   never ridden at hwy speed for 4 hours either. I usually tool around town.   Anyway, I'll check out my pants to see if there is a problem there. Thanks   again!        Jeff  '08 Kawasaki Concours 14  '92 H-D FXRS Low Rider  '90 Honda Rebel  '79 Kawasaki KE 125  '78 Kawasaki KM 100
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2008, 11:04:00 am »
Bret,    I'm considering a seat cover first, because a new seat is expensive. But   if I plan to take long rides, I may have to shell out some cash for a new   seat.    I wear Shift gloves. I think they're racing gloves, not motocross gloves.   I need to shift (pardon the pun) my thinking to touring wear, since it is   made to be worn all day for many days at a time. If you know of some   good touring gloves, I'm all ears!    Thanks!      Jeff  '08 Kawasaki Concours 14  '92 H-D FXRS Low Rider  '90 Honda Rebel  '79 Kawasaki KE 125  '78 Kawasaki KM 100
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'08 Kawasaki Concours 14 
'92 H-D FXRS Low Rider 
'90 Honda Rebel 
'79 Kawasaki KE 125 
'78 Kawasaki KM 100