World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Apr 2015
I Ride: 2015 30th anniversary ZX-6R
The very first mods I make to new bike are: dbl bubble windscreen; adjustable rearsets... I don't mean fixed aftermarket, ' cuz their model isn't you, they won't fit YOU. The next item is a little harder for Ninja riders, fully adjustable clip-ons. The hands down at any price are by Speedy Moto, with their Omni bars. The clamp is 2-pc like Woodcraft, so you won't have to remove the top triple clamp again. But what's really special, are the Omni-bars with a 14° slant to them. The bars are etched with reciprocal etchings on the opposite bar, you can EASILY adjust them so each side is the exact mirror of the other. 14° doesn't sound like much, but it's so eye opening that is almost startling. Really.
Next up is a good saddle,. Because No O.E.M. saddle is worth a damn. I went with Zero Gravity's "Draguns Tail for two reasons: 1) I've always had great luck with their windscreens, 2) Sargent's Saddles doesn't make a saddle for the Ninja clan. I've used S.S on Ducati 996, R1, & CBR 1000RRs. Best damn seat on the market bar none. BTW, I'm happy with the ZG.
Only one word about rearsets: Rizoma!
I Travel with saddle bags & a tail pack. I have a coup of tank bags, but I only use then in town. Tank bags are a total bother when fuelling... Slows me down too much. I also wear a small backpack that carries small items + my Camelback. Staying hydrated is the only way you'll 8-10 hours in the saddle. Normally, I only stop for fuel for the bike, and I fuel myself at the same time. Be organized, be focused.
I take two long trips a year - summer to the California Coast & return via the Sierra Nevada Mtns. Then in the autumn I go back to the Rocky Mountains. Each trip racks up between 2500-2900 miles. I also do a great number of regional trips as well. PM if you want more details, photos.