how do you stay comfortable on the scooter?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by damasovi, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. S/W

    S/W Been here awhile

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    I ride a Silverwing, and although I use a buttpad (I have several types) occasionally, it is a higher backrest that is essential for my comfort.
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  2. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    The Wing is super plush and easier to ride than you'd think. Nice low COG. This was the second one I test rode. It even has an airbag. Too pricey for me right now, maybe when I retire in 10 years I'll buy a 2013 model second hand.
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  3. S/W

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    Wearing the right gear is also key. I live in Newfoundland and ride in everything but snow.[/QUOTE]

    I rode my Silverwing up to Newfoundland a few years ago. I loved it there, the people were very friendly and the Island was beautiful. The weather was exciting, I rode through a hurricane and heavy rain, high winds, cold temperatures(August)(saw snow in the North), and one day of Sun in two weeks. I loved it, really! I want to go again next Summer.
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  4. scootrboi

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    I think you are right about why. If the bike is for carrying a passenger, it makes some sense. But for a long trip, a seat that holds you in one spot is misery. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8322310305_690ee65883_z.jpg This long flat seat is so comfortable that on a long trip I never stop to stretch. The 200 mile fuel intervals and the 'comfort station' stops are enough. I don't ride the Honda scooter, because of the seat. It forces me to sit on the base of my spine, and I like to lean forward with some weight on the handlebars.
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  5. damasovi

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    So you ride like 1 month in the year? lol!! sorry amigo I could not let it go!!! Yes very true, gear for hot and cold, one time I almost fainted because I was just to hot, I went to the restroom and took off all the layers I had and then I sit down a little and color return to me.

    Many great tips here people!!! Thanks

    Damasovi
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  6. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    That would look cool!
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  7. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    For many years Corbin made two seats for the KLR 650, one dished in shape and one flat. There was almost universal agreement that the flat seat was way more comfortable. I put one on my KLR and and was able to ride 270 miles comfortably without stopping.
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  8. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    So you are saying you're not green when you get hot?
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  9. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    I rode my Silverwing up to Newfoundland a few years ago. I loved it there, the people were very friendly and the Island was beautiful. The weather was exciting, I rode through a hurricane and heavy rain, high winds, cold temperatures(August)(saw snow in the North), and one day of Sun in two weeks. I loved it, really! I want to go again next Summer.[/QUOTE]

    The weather here varies. Yesterday for example it got up to 28 C / low 80's F. It was sunny and warm. Today we'll see 19 C with grey skies and intermittent showers.

    These pictures were taken yesterday out at Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America.

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    This bike was visiting from Tennessee.

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    Because Newfoundland is becoming richer due to oil, we are seeing more expensive and exotic vehicles, like this McLaren.

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  10. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    Haha! No, my first ride this year was on January 1st. It was cold (3C) but there was no snow. I take my MX-5 Miata and my bikes out of storage the first week of April every year and put everything back in November, taking a bike out for the occasional winter ride.
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  11. ScootTour

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    How I stay comfortable on my ....

    Pull over, stretch and smell some flowers :)
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  12. k3ith

    k3ith Been here awhile

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    Wouldn't that technically be off the scooter? :D
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  13. damasovi

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    i like your style!

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    My Kymco GTi300 and I have traveled 5,500 miles in the last 30 days. Almost exclusively 70 to 75 mph on the Interstate. I fuel at 110 to 120 miles adding 1.5 to 1.8 gallons of fuel. It holds 2.5 gallons so plenty of reserve. The seat has been reworked by Sargent in Jacksonville and I added a GIVI 443A touring windshield cut by about 5 inches or so so as to look over it.

    As one of the other posters said, a quick fuel stop and a small cup of coffee and away I go. My average day is about 500 miles and that is perfect for me on that bike.

    I use the bike to commute to AMA Pro Road Races and AMA Pro Flat Track events too.

    Looking forward to riding it from Daytona to Pomona, Ca for the flat track finals in October. 6 days at 500 miles per day and I will be there.

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  16. andoulli

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    Today I traveled 163 miles on my Silverwing, think the last fuel gauge bar started blinking around 155. Made it to a gas station at 163 miles. Gas tank took 3.2 gallons. A good gallon left in the tank. That's way better than my R1150R of past that was dead in the water around 175. That Honda tank was combined city and highway.
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  17. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Andouilli that is good around 50 mpg +-

    D.
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  18. cdwise

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    On my Scarabeo 500 or Vespa GTS stock seat is comfortable enough for me. With the BV 500 or Burgman 400 (traded for a BV 500 since neither my husband nor I liked to ride it) require an Airhawk for multiday rides or more than 300 miles per day.
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  19. millahtime

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    stock oem Helix handlebars (imagine that?).

    sitting on the thing with that weird bar bend made me wonder how much i looked like Ralph machio standing on a pier piling, but it also gave me a sharp cramp between the shoulder blades after 30-45 minutes of riding, my nomination for the worst bar bend ever (ever worse than those buckhorn bends you would see on 70's street bikes).

    out came the dremel to cut the screen down (wanted the bars to turn fully without hitting the screen ) and the to cut a circle in the dash. Then chopper 6 inch bar risers off of ebay and finally an old k&n "superbike" handlebar from the rafters. I had tried drag bike bars first, but couldn't turn to full lock.

    yeah baby, its all good.

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