Did you know that the longest distance ever covered by a motorcycle in 24 hours is 3406.17 km?
Unless you’re gunning for a Guinness world record, you probably aren’t riding nearly this far in a day. However, even if you’re just doing a regular long-distance ride, things can get a little uncomfortable. Especially, ahem, down there.
Is long-distance motorcycle riding giving you a numb bum (or scrotum)? Stiff lower back? Cramps, or an aching tail bone?
Skip the discomfort and read on to find out how to make long-distance rides uber comfortable.
Know Your Distance
Figure out how long you can ride before your start to flag. Plan in stops at these points so you never get overly tired on the road.
Some people think riding for as long as possible shows you’re a hard-ass and a good rider. This is an immature and dangerous approach to long-distance motorcycle riding. Riding past your point of endurance isn’t going to make you a hard-ass, it’s going to give you a numb ass.
Your senses will also be tired, which increases the chance of accidents.
Stop when you need to, even if it’s just for a few minutes to stretch your legs and hydrate.
Adjust Your Handle Bars
Poorly adjusted handlebars might not be very noticeable on short rides, but if you’re riding your motorcycle for any length of time, they’ll become a pain in the neck, sometimes literally.
Adjusting your handlebars only takes a few minutes. Start by placing your hands in front of you in a riding position. Adjust their position until you find a spot where your arms, neck, and back feel the most comfortable. Adjust your bars to this.
At the same time, you might also want to check your footpegs and rests. Finding the perfect adjustment can take a little more time, but it’s worth playing around until you hit a sweet spot.
Get Your Gear Right
Another important part of long-distance motorcycle riding is having the right gear.
Go for a looser fit over tighter options. Tight gear might look slick, but it can get uncomfortable on long rides. If your leathers are cutting into your pits, elbows, rear, or back, this can leave you tired and sore after just a couple of hours.
Also opt for a full-face helmet. Full-face helmets are almost always a good idea, but they’re a particularly wise move when riding a motorcycle over long distances. They protect your face from the wind and sun and shield you from bugs and debris.
Lastly, think about popping in a pair of earplugs before hitting the road for a long-distance ride. A full-face helmet can do a great job at insulating your ears from the sound of your engine, but you might find the noise gets too much after riding for a few hours.
Invest in a Wild Ass Seat Pad
Our final and most important motorcycle riding tip for long-distance trips is to invest in a Wild Ass seat pad.
Besides your hands and feet, your ass is the third point of contact with your bike. Over long distances, your lower areas can take quite a bit of strain. The pressure can cut off circulation, give you a sore tailbone, exacerbate lower back issues, etc.
Old preliminary research even warned that the vibration and pressure from motorcycle riding could trigger ED in men. Fortunately, the general consensus is that riding a motorcycle is not going to stop you from rising to the occasion, but it’s still a good idea to protect the family jewels.
Seat pads help reduce shock and vibration, alleviate pressure, increase blood flow, and reduce pain in areas like the tailbone.
Wild ass seat cushions are the best on the market. They are designed and fabricated according to medical standards in an FDA-approved wheelchair cushion factory and are the only seat cushions that combine technologies like gel and air.
Staying Comfortable Is the Secret to Long-Distance Motorcycle Riding
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Shop for the Motorcycle Seats That Will Suit You
Investing in some quality motorcycle seats will give you a comfortable and safe ride. The tips above will help you when you’re shopping for the perfect seat.
When you’d like to buy whichever seat is best for your needs, Wild Ass ergonomic cushions might be your best bet. We’d love to show you more about the many products we offer.
Shop our store for some of the most comfortable seats on the market, and give us a call at (218) 851-2771 if you have questions.