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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Taking my T120 on an Iron Butt run. Any tips?

This year, I have decided to ride with a group on a 24-hour 1050 mile trip.

I don't usually take long trips with the bike, but once a year I go on a longer group run. I haven't done that much mileage in that short of time, however, so I am wondering what some of you have done to make it less painful.

These are the upgrades I have made to the bike that I think may make this trip a little easier

1. TEC progressive fork springs

2. Fox Rear Shock Upgrade

3. Rivco Highway Pegs

4. Cruise control

Now, I need to do something with the seat. It seems adding sheepskin may be a good option. Has anyone added sheepskin for longer trips? If so, does it work?

I thought about getting a Corbin gunfighter seat, but I see they get mixed reviews. Are there other seat options that I have missed?

I don't think I'll have enough time to send the seat anywhere to get fitted.

Well, thanks in advance for your advice and comments.

Ride Safe

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I am far from the expert on this, but I will throw out three things to think about that have bugged me enough that I have taken steps on my end to address them:

1. The seat / my backside in hot weather. In sub-75/80 degree days I can ride forever, but I had two rides in hot, humid weather that were torturous. Maybe the weather will be cool, maybe you skin is tougher than mine, but if you think it might be an issue you might want to plan for that. Sheepskin, various powder (e.g., Monkey Butt) and triathlon shorts (or similar, wicking, cycle shorts) may be the solution once you decide whether or not that might be an issue. I have a Corbin seat, but I can't blame the seat as it is fine for me in cooler weather.

2. Wind noise. I added a wind screen, a collection of earplugs and a new helmet after my first long highway ride on the T120. What is tolerable for an hour gets old after after awhile, but this, at least, I have managed.

3. Light. Might not be an issue in a group ride, but headlights / aux lights you are comfortable with for whatever roads / speeds you will be riding in the dark will help make it an easier trip.

Good luck, sounds like fun.
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Taking my T120 on an Iron Butt run. Any tips?

I use an Airhawk seat pad for longer trips. Itís super comfortable, breaths and doesnít break the bank.

Have a great ride!


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I wear these on long rides.


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A sheep skin cover will save your butt on long trips, it makes your arse breath in a good way, I have done a few 15 hour straight rides on my old Thruxton, first time 15 hours in the saddle then 2 days on the drink then 15 hour return trip with just the stock seat was all good one trip up there but the return trip about 300kms from home my butt was getting uncomfortable but was bearable, the following year same ride and straight 15 hours and return trip 2 days later but with a sheep skin cove a friend lent me and I had no problems at all, same bike and seat, so the sheep skin did its job and my butt loved it, but my legs was another story .
Another thing don't have your wallet in your back pocket also helps lol.

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I think of my T120 as being all day comfortable. That's 200-400 miles, max. After that, fatigue sets in, and riding is no longer as safe. Attention wanders, reaction times slow, and I'm no longer seeing situations developing far enough in advance for easy avoidance.

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I think of my T120 as being all day comfortable. That's 200-400 miles, max. After that, fatigue sets in, and riding is no longer as safe. Attention wanders, reaction times slow, and I'm no longer seeing situations developing far enough in advance for easy avoidance.
tsmgguy just saved me the effort of typing how I feel, and probably did a better job of it. I can ride farther, and have, but I ride motorcycles for the enjoyment so I stop when it becomes less enjoyable.

One thing I'll add about preparation for a long ride is make sure your helmet fits properly. On my last extended trip I wore a helmet which worked fine for local 3-4 hour rides, but it was killing my forehead at the end of a long day in the saddle. Replacing that helmet with one with a more oval fit fixed that, but it didn't happen until after that 8-day trip. It didn't exactly ruin the trip, but it would have been a lot more enjoyable with a helmet that fit my head correctly.

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Some good advice here, thanks

I'll be getting the sheepskin today--thanks Ashman for sharing your experience. That's almost exactly what we'll be doing.

Pudge - Moto-skivees sound interesting, and worth a try. I'll get a pair.

tsm/PGR - I know the distance and time may present some issues, e.g., fatigue, but we'll be stopping about every 130 miles along the way. I plan to stretch and do calisthenics at those stops. Doing it with a group should help. We'll have about 10 riders.

We're not going until the 26th, but I will be in Mexico until then.

I'll take pics and report back about it.

Thanks again everybody!
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Some good advice here, thanks

I'll be getting the sheepskin today--thanks Ashman for sharing your experience. That's almost exactly what we'll be doing.

Pudge - Moto-skivees sound interesting, and worth a try. I'll get a pair.

tsm/PGR - I know the distance and time may present some issues, e.g., fatigue, but we'll be stopping about every 130 miles along the way. I plan to stretch and do calisthenics at those stops. Doing it with a group should help. We'll have about 10 riders.

We're not going until the 26th, but I will be in Mexico until then.

I'll take pics and report back about it.

Thanks again everybody!
After reading all the advice from the elders I thought you would take the bus.
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