Before I had my touring bike I did a multi-day tour round Wales last year. Biggest day was 220 miles, and felt OK at the end.I've done a couple of 400 mile days on my Urban with the stock saddle, wearing bicycle shorts, and I was absolutely knackered at the end of the day. Depending on your speeds, a windshield would be a welcome addition. Make sure to wear ear plugs as well. That will also make a big difference in your level of exhaustion.
I agree with the helmet. I recently changed from an old Schuberth C2 to a BMW Carbon System 7 and there is a huge differenceBefore I had my touring bike I did a multi-day tour round Wales last year. Biggest day was 220 miles, and felt OK at the end.
 Padded Cycling shorts - these definitely help a lot.
 Even a small Rizoma fly screen helps.
 Probably biggest difference for me was my helmet - I've worn an AGV K5 S for a long time and didn't realise how aerodynamic this is until I recently bought a more retro looking Arai Rapide.
I really feel the wind force wearing the Arai compared to the AGV.
Thanks, that's an interesting thread and the Moto_Skiveez look like pretty good gear (distributors in the UK as well)
Wow, 600 mile days sounds pretty hard core. I can imagine 500 miles but 600? Ouchy ouch!
i know what you mean. I've had some serious tourers (including VFR750 and VFR800) and they munched the motorway miles but they had proper screens etc. I had a K1200GT for a while that would run all day without even breaking a sweat. The R9T is not that kind of beastie! To be able to link 400 mile days on a bike like an R9T and have the fun factor in between is awesome (to Americanise it). Love this bike 😁I've done a few 600-mile days on my Honda VFR, but I think most of those days were spent on interstates. Even so, I don't think I'd want to string 2-3 days of them together.
Let's just say, your ass won't love you - but your head will.
I've done 535 miles on a Urban with a stock setup a few times so I say go for it. By way of reference I'm a 60 something grandpa with a pension for riding.
Hello All,Take two Ibuprofen before the ride starts, wear cycle shorts and ear plugs, and stay hydrated.
Another technique that’s helped me extend my riding range is keeping more weight on the foot pegs by lifting my butt a little and simultaneously squeezing the tank with my inner thighs and leaning forward just slightly.
As GapRunr says, if you are not used to a 400 mile day, it might be hard first time.
Alligator, Just a little FYI on those events. They are not just blasts across the country. Competitive yes in deed but what happens is each rider is given a long list of locations (all kinds of roads, thru state and national parks and everything from multi lane highways to dirt paths) too many locations for the rider to be able to hit them all. The harder they are to get to the higher the points you get for going. The way the winning is done is by who gets the most points. What a rider does to get points is to take a picture, answer a question about the place, or get a sale ticket with time and date. After over 25 years of doing these events what I'll say is because of them I gone place and seen things I would never have on my own as a tourist.@rich46 Above all, very interesting set of advice! Thanks!
But let me add one small point. I see some sense of competition in what you write there, I fully respect your point of view, mine is slightly different: rather than distance, I think of time. So I feel much more satisfied having run on a curly road for hours, maybe at very low average speed and done just a few hundreds of Kms, rather than having run full throttle on a straight highway.The sense of this shall be: I like riding so much, that I want to feel as much comfortable as possible to stay seated on my bike the longest.