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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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I am in need of advice, i want to start taking some long trips on my 2005 T100, she is bone stock performance wise, I have sw motech blaze saddle bags, progressive front end springs and a national cycle's deflector windshield otherwise she has what came from the factory in 05. Can some of the guys/gals that have taken their Bonnie's out on long rides provide some upgrades they have or wished they had? I could just go buy some nice bagger with sippy cup holders and heated everything and Bluetooth navigation but thats not my style, this bike has special meaning to me and it's just a cool bike. My ultimate goal is to ride out west and visit national parks. I appreciate any advice.


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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 03:38 PM
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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!

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Awesome, thanks for the input, throttle lock is a definite!


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Go cruise throttle lock
Highway pegs/billy bar
Those are the essentials

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post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Air Hawk seat
Go cruise throttle lock
Highway pegs/billy bar
Those are the essentials


Thanks! I'll do the research on the air hawk seat and pegs


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Heated jacket or vest and glove liners...can be used instead of heat grips if you don't want to change the bike too much. Makes a huge difference when traveling in high country and sudden drops in temp.

Have not seen mention of rain gear...does it still rain in the USA? ;-0

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Yeah it still rains occasionally i am looking at some frog toggs rain gear.... thanks!


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I find my ram mount for phone or G P S useful . A tank bag for sure . Love my air hawk . Yes a throttle lock ! A luggage rack is very useful and don't forget a tool kit . I like a bluetooth helmet set up with music and gps capabilities .

05 T100 , dominator touring , k&n podz , hagon 2810 , progressive springs , parabellum scout , Leather lyke hard bags , high back rest and rack , procom ignitor , air box delete, and lots of other stuff i dont need but cant live without.
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Drybag (like Wolfman Explorer) and rok straps

I like the Crampbuster more than the throttle locks I've tried, YMMV. But something along those lines.

Good raingear. I went to bib bottoms which helped a lot.

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Airhawk seat pad

Heated Gear

Drybag (like Wolfman Explorer) and rok straps

I like the Crampbuster more than the throttle locks I've tried, YMMV. But something along those lines.

Good raingear. I went to bib bottoms which helped a lot.
+1 for CrampBusters....I've had one on for 1.5 years now and it has eliminated any cramp/hand pain issues on all my rides (done 6 day long trip last season with it). Cheap and doesn't have safety concerns like a cruise control would....

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