Motorcycles with built in electronic cruise control still sort of scare us. Hand and wrist fatigue is a real issue, especially on multi-day treks, but we just aren’t comfortable giving up that much control of our motorcycles. That said, those little adapters you attach to the grip of your throttle, which allow you to operate the throttle without having to grip throttle tightly, are an absolute godsend.
Heated Seat Pads
For those of you in really cold climates, or those of you who just can’t seem to stay warm but refuse to take your car, there’s the hallowed heated seat pad. When used in conjunction with proper layering and heated garments, the heated seat bad can keep you toasty in pretty much any climate.
You scoff, but we’ve seen it. Sometimes you just don’t want to pour that coffee or soda in your camelback because it will be a hassle to clean, and yet you still want to cruise down the road with a drink. We don’t really recommend it, but they’re available for purchase so knock yourself out.
One of our favorite things about scooters is the massive trunk space that’s often included. Whether it’s picking up take-out, stashing your helmet while you run into the market, or packing an overnight bag; the space is always useful. Most motorcycles don’t have this so many of us have gotten used to packing light and strapping it to our backs or our bikes. For those of you unwilling to either pack light or strap that pack down, there’s always the trailer….
A Third Wheel
Some people say that having to balance a big heavy touring bike is either too much work or too difficult. Their friends go on amazing long trips on their Harleys or Goldwings while they stay home, feeling left out. Other people say that adding a third wheel ruins the handling and all of the joys of riding a motorcycle and you may as well just take a car. We’re trying to stay out of it. But again, the third wheel is an option.
How far is too far? What lengths are you willing to go to in order to make motorcycling a little more comfortable? Are the people who pursue these options pragmatic or ruining the experience of being on the open road?