Main Motorcycle: Triumph Tiger 1050
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Candia, Nh
Other Motorcycle: Ducati Hypermotard
Extra Motorcycle: 2006 T100
I have done a bunch of long range riding on a variety of bikes including SV650, T-100, Sprint and Tiger 1050. The most important thing is getting the set up you want and what makes you comfortable. This may require some trial and error. My personal must haves for distance riding.
Some for of wind protections is a must for me. I prefer a small wind screen but you may be different. Get one you think you will like and try it out, this is very much personal choice.
Heated grips, I've even used them in AZ. The Thunderbird's one fit on the Bonnie and there are aftermarket choices.
Some form a throttle lock can be a real savior on a long day.
Accessory lights, they make riding in poor to no light condition much safer and enjoyable. Plus they increase your visibility with cages during the day I have Denali lights on Tiger, it may be the best purchase I ever made.
Twisted Throttle has a great selection of luggage, all of it very good quality. Pick what works for you. At least on water proof and lockable bad is a great idea. Also make sure you have one bag that is easily accessible for things you need quickly on the road, like a tank bag.
Once you get it set up do some local test runs to make sure it works for you.
Don't give in to a big touring bike, though I love my Tiger on trips, you can make the Bonnie work and have fun. You can do long travel on anything, hell my daughter made two 3,000 trips with me on her GSXR 600, though girl!!!
Most importantly, enjoy the ride!
Last edited by Renegadevt; 04-17-2017 at 03:42 PM.