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Was getting a bit antsy with the detours and closures not shown on googly maps.
Pretty impressive. That would be 188 miles in Yank terms.

I plan max range between gas stops at 150 miles. It's nice to know you can do close to 190 if things go sideways.

After a 40 year flying career it conditioned me to avoid floating around on fumes. Out of gas on the bike you just pull over, in the jet it's a different story.
 

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That would be 188 miles in Yank terms.
You also have to take into account most bikes are quite optimistic, so I doubt it was 188 real miles, but even if it was 180, or high 170s, still pretty impressive. But still, you can't assume you can get that many; you must be riding like a grandma, and probably at altitude to get that much mileage.
 

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42,5 litres, good for up to 2 weeks.
I'm impressed - FrugalFred. I am currently seeing what the 80L Mosko pack will really hold. Kevlar hoodies are bulky buggers!. I carry walking boots rather than trainers.
 

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Yep, day one, bad roads, heavily policed freeways. Wasn't going to stuff myself up before getting too far from home. To my mind, one's skin and a license are kinda necessary to complete the mission ..... and hey, I AM a granny 馃槣 And I got some good gravel practice in.
And yup... chrome/glitter nails 馃榿 One should be presentable, if helmet hair won't cut it 馃槀

I ended up topping up twice more after that first fill yesterday morning. I'll get a better idea once I've added all the daily receipts, especially for yesterday which provided a wealth of twisties with better surfaces, and and the opportunities to wind out the throttle. There were plenty of others who were happy to risk 120+ through there, hopefully thinking fewer radars, so when in Rome...
Oh and I did scrape my boot, if not a peg. Felt lovely!
 

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Here's a couple of picks of my touring rig. I went with the SW Motech 350 (35 litres). Straps on really well, plenty of space for clothes and emergency tools etc. Well sealed and waterproof also. I also like that you can mount it sideways or lengthways and easily attach other bags on top if needed. IMG20201019162222.jpg IMG20201019162321.jpg
 

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It seems to be an Aussie and Kiwi favourite for long haul riding. I used one on my first organised Iron Butt 1600km in under 24 hours ride and it got soaked! Switched to an Airhawk pad after that! :D
i picked up an AliExpress one after trying my dads bike with an air hawk, it helps take some pressure off my sit bones which is nice because I have a bit of hardware in mine! I like it to be 鈥渏ust鈥 inflated enough that if I鈥檓 seated level I float a bit, but as soon as I lean left or right I鈥檓 on the seat pad, Not the air cushion.
 

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i picked up an AliExpress one after trying my dads bike with an air hawk, it helps take some pressure off my sit bones which is nice because I have a bit of hardware in mine! I like it to be 鈥渏ust鈥 inflated enough that if I鈥檓 seated level I float a bit, but as soon as I lean left or right I鈥檓 on the seat pad, Not the air cushion.
Yep, half a breath of inflation is all you need to lift the pressure off your pelvic bones or it becomes too firm. I used their 9"x 13" oblong pad, not the shaped one. When I owned a Street Triple, I didn't use it for general riding, just the Iron Butt 1600 km events. I had a custom seat made for my Blackbird for a 4500 km in 5 days organised endurance ride. That cost over NZ$500 but I could ride all day without getting a numb butt. I find that the stock Duke seat is ok for about 700 km with just quick fuel stops so that's fine for my current riding needs.

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I've tried pretty much everything. imo Air and Gel over cushions pretty much only work well on really hard un-flexible seats. Both work better if inserted into the seat structure. Of the two, then, I prefer Gel.

I have been using stiff 3D mesh covers for a few years and overall these seem to work best - esp in leather or Aramid (etc) lined pants. No wet bum in winter and no sweaty bum in summer.

Guys in the UK might wish to look at StackPath - Outside the UK - SHIPPING was (is?) ridiculous. I have not tried on a bike but I have something similar at home on my home office chair.
 

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Honestly I haven't felt the need to find seat options for my 790. Just lucky I guess.
Although, I'd like a pretty cover one day.
 

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I did a 7-day 2,000k tour thru NE-Vic / S-NSW Alpine region on my 790 with 35 lt KTM rear bag mounted to an SW-Motech Seat Rack - here's some footage from the Bonang Highway
 

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Arrived safely at my destination.
No problems at all with the bike.
By yesterday and today, I was getting pretty tired and sore so did a bit of standing between stretches and seat-dancing which helped a little. Overall I couldn't be happier.
Anyone wanna wash my bike?
 

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Yup. Escort vehicle led cars in front through newly graded wet metal after the water truck.

Oh hell no. I managed to find a more solid path in the other lane which the escort ute ended up in anyway. Maybe he was playing with me.
That part of NSW is the only place I've seen escort vehicles in roadworks.

My tail light looked like a giant bird backed up to it and aimed squarely at the centre to let rip.
Oh and the poor duck got shredded LOL 馃ぃ

Also I was pleasantly surprised by the overall generous attitudes of other road users towards bikes.

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