Who would have ever imagined that something like hard beads could be one of the most comfortable solutions to posterior discomfort when traveling on a motorcycle? Certainly not me!
Let me start by saying my motorcycle already has a highly recommended seat upgrade from Mustang seats – both driver and passenger. The Mustang seat gives great support and, by itself, is a pretty comfortable seat. However, for longer distances, even the Mustang needs help. You see, the problem with any seat, including gel cushions (which I have spent ample time riding on) is that there is constant equal pressure on a large region of the posterior. After a while, that translates into an almost “burning” feeling and, if you let it go long enough, almost debilitating pain that will force you to take a break from riding.
When I found that a nice lamb skin covered gel seat cushion was not doing the trick for me I started looking for other options. Of course, the major ones are air cushions and beads. I really didn’t have the extra money to spend on a decent air seat cushion (which, in their most basic versions, are nearly twice the price of a beaded seat cover) so I asked myself “who would know better about what makes long distance riding comfortable than the Iron Butt riders.” These are the folks that ride a thousand or more miles in a 24 hour period just so they can say they did it. So, I started perusing the Iron Butt Association web site and found that there seems to be a general consensus that beads area the way to go… and the name that kept popping up was BeadRider®.
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I was looking for a power distribution unit that would allow me to use my iPhone GPS or a regular GPS when traveling. There aren’t many offerings out there but the Eklipes EK1-110 looked like an attractive solution.
The EK1-110 was fairly simple to install. Basic wiring skill and tools are all that’s needed. The EK1-110 casing is a chrome finished plastic. There is a weather cover that covers both ports simultaneously; this I found acceptable, but a separate weather resistant cover for each port would be preferable to me. There is a power switch on the face of the unit, with a small red LED to let you know when the unit is live. Fairly nice features for under $25. READ MORE »
I grew up watching the Andy Griffith show and reflect, with fondness, on the simpler innocence of the era. Of course, when it became possible to consider lodging in Andy’s real-life hometown of Mt. Airy, NC, nostalgia set in and it had to be satisfied. Some pre-travel Googling led me to the website for Mayberry Motor Inn and, I’m glad my son and I chose to stay there rather than one of the major hotel chains in the area.
The Mayberry Motor Inn is a fairly typical 60′s era motel. It’s in very good condition for a motel that is more than half a century old. Everything about the motel reminds you of a bygone era of when times were simpler. The lobby is small, with all sorts of Andy Griffith show memorabilia. And, the motel staff was welcoming and conversation left you feeling like you were chatting with an old friend. READ MORE »
Prior to taking my first long motorcycle trip, I began researching ways that I could keep loved ones informed of my location. I determined that the best route was to enroll in a free travel blog that would allow me to conveniently post waypoints via my iPhone (sorry, if you don’t have an iPhone you’re out of luck). I checked out several of these services and eventually settled on TrackMyTour. If you want to see what other services are available, you’ll have to Google them (but, trust me, at the present time, TrackMyTour, in my opinion, is the nicest). READ MORE »
Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect on the motorcycle trip I took with my son from PA to FL and back, there are a few things I learned and thought might be helpful to share with others who are considering taking a long motorcycle trip. The experience was wonderful, educational, challenging and inspiring. I hope this trip will be the first of many.
1. Hydrate – Yes, the first day, I found how quickly dehydration can sneak up on you when it’s hot and you don’t realize how much you’re sweating because it’s evaporating as quickly as it’s happening. I read about the need to hydrate, I just didn’t expect it to sneak up on me as quickly as it did. Getting light-headed out in the middle of nowhere is very inconvenient and even a bit scary. From that point on I was never without a water bottle resting between my windshield and handlebars. READ MORE »