I did Phoenix to NorCal (800 miles) in two, 400ish mile stretches. You WILL be sore, especially if you haven't done much distance. I don't have soft or hard luggage, so I used the compression bag that my motorcycle cover came in to fit about a day and a half of clothes in it plus the bike cover. It's gonna hurt a lot if you do it in one stretch lol. I second all the rain gear and whatnot. I wore waterproof stuff on the way out of LA and it paid off as I went up the grape vine and it pissed down. If you have a lot of stuff to take though, you have to get luggage. And just sayn, it wasn't comfortable at all and at 250-300 miles, I was feeling it.
I have a Kriega R25 that I loaded up with tons of stuff for my trip. Paid off like no other. If you've ever carried a 30lb backpack that wasn't well designed, you probably know that it cuts into your shoulders like no other. Loved the Kriega, it worked beautifully. If you're reasonably fit/you work out and your posture is good, your back won't be tired at all, but your butt will be tenderized.
Last edited by Shoeshear; 01-22-2016 at 10:12 PM.