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post #16 of 23 Old 07-26-2016, 09:18 AM
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I cannot begin to say how much difference my modified seat makes. I'm willing to do a long day on the Ninja with the improved seat...memory foam and a gel insert. No WAY no how on the stock seat.

That said... I don't think I'd do a long multi day on the Ninja when I have a Concours in the garage. But I'm seriously considering putting the Ninja on a trailer and heading up to the mountain in Arkansas this fall.
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post #17 of 23 Old 07-26-2016, 12:18 PM
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I have toured on mine and like it much better then my sport touring Fj09.
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post #18 of 23 Old 07-28-2016, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by groomlake View Post
Backpacks is about the only option.
I agree, I wouldn't anticipate strapping "panniers" to a Supersport bike.

The max I'd want to do would be a backpack (we also say rucksack on this side of the water).
Even then, wouldn't want it looking like I've got a TENT strapped to my back! Prefer riding light...

Hoping to go for a long weekend in Cornwall soon, to catch up with family. Will be approx 350 miles each way. Plan to ride that in one go, only stopping to refuel (3 or 4 times I expect)!

Touring long distance, what you wear on the bike is going to be critical. For example gear I wear to commute currently just wont cut it, compared to what you'd require for a long distance ride. For example Gloves!... I'd want more padding in them for a long ride, because they cause my palms to ache currently, due to lack of support - dread to imagine how I'd be feeling wearing them, on a ride 10 times longer !!

There's so much to take into account. Best write an inventory list a good time in advance. A ride though into Europe sounds a lot of fun !!!!!

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post #19 of 23 Old 07-28-2016, 10:32 AM
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I'd take this bike anywhere!

Kriega for sure. The 20L is the 'perfect' size if you can get away with it. Get some waterproof (smaller) bags too. I found a set of 3 for like $10. They were priceless for things like phone, batteries, headlamp, etc... while in my non-waterproof backpack.
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post #20 of 23 Old 07-28-2016, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by kwickasfucki View Post
Hi there my name is stevo and im a newbie to this site.
Was wondering if anyone has used their 6r for touring and what mods anyone has done.
And if you have had the same trouble I've had finding a rear luggage rack.
If I were to tour on my 600 I'd do the following.

1. Get a helibar riser for the bars or a different clip on that bring the bars up and back.

2. Adjustable rearsets... they'd get lowered for sure (I have a 34" inseam)

3. Nice sized tank bag. Something that, when full, I can rest my body weight on it.

4. Soft saddle bags. You can strap shit down to the rear seat if you do it right. The side bags will also give you a little more area to lay stuff across the back seat.

5. Set up suspension for a loaded bike. Me + Gear + all bags and extras on the bike. I'd want it to ride smoother but also have decent handling.

6. Sport touring tire. Not gonna get much out of a sporty tire.

7. Might even add some kind of air pad to the seat (they do make them).

8. Double Bubble or touring windscreen.

Personally... I'd do anything possible to NOT have to wear a backpack. There are plenty of options for soft saddle bags. Having weight on your back for long periods of time will only cause fatigue and you will get tired quicker. When I have ridden long trips I've always tried to make sure everything I'd need could be strapped to the bike and not me. I like having freedom to move around a little.

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post #21 of 23 Old 07-28-2016, 12:37 PM
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an hour and a half Dude I'm just gettin' warmed up by then!

Then again... I haven't gone for a street ride in over a year
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post #22 of 23 Old 07-28-2016, 05:57 PM
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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.
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post #23 of 23 Old 08-09-2016, 01:00 AM
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I've done many trips on my old 599's with Kriega packs. I used a US20 and 2 US10's for 2 weeks camping gear and clothes. I also used a US5 with the Tank adapter for wallet etc. No other mods for touring and it was great.

Tell a lie, I did make one more mod. I added a phone charger. I highly recommend a DIN charger rather than standard cigarette socket. I also recommend a map rather than GPS, it's way more fun and flexible.

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