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  1. Tim, you know I did my trip on a BMW R1200GS Adventure. It had a stock seat, and it was fine. The important part is shifting weight around, to alleviate pressure points. Sometimes I would let my legs dangle down and shift my torso forward toward the tank. Other times I would just stand on the pegs – which is the benefit of that style of bike. I’ve ridden across the US on my Harley (FLTRX) with the stock seat and highway pegs. I think it’s mostly getting used to the discomfort and shifting your position around on the saddle, but personal fitness likely also plays a role. The biggest contributor to my discomfort on the GS was the limited protection of my upper torso in rain/cold. Even with a heated jacket liner, 39 degrees at 70MPH is cold. Shivering cold. And the effort to keep the bike between the lines in a cross wind is amplified on a light BMW; the long stretches across the plains of Canada were rough in high winds. I found myself longing for the full fairing, and the lowers to protect my toes/feet (which also turned into ice cubes on the BMW). The Harley is easier on the rider to go longer distances on paved roads (touring), from my experience. The BMW GSA made road construction a breeze and the Harley wouldn’t have made it up the Dalton on the day I went. Trades either way, but I think you have the right tool for the trip; the bike you have adjusted to fit you and one that you know and trust.

    • I have an Air Hawk pad, which has enabled me to do Iron Butt rides. The fairing and lowers keep me protected. I haven’t had to turn up the Gerbing past 50%.

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