So I rode from just north of Phoenix, AZ to Redding, CA to have my custom seat made at Russell "Day-Long" Saddle. It was a 2,000 mile round trip on the RGU.
First things first, I am thrilled with the new seat. I went with the (more resilient) black vinyl covering as I can't reliably get my leg up and over the seat every time as I could when I was younger (and it doesn't show scuffing as easily as leather does, not to mention it's easier on the pocketbook than leather). I've never had a heated seat before, and I got one this time. I am now officially spoiled. Previously, I had to stop and take a break every 65 to 75 miles because of the leg and butt pain. The first time I rode on the seat I went 110 miles before stopping...and I had absolutely no pain...anywhere. It's truly a "day-long" saddle. I was able to continue riding in sessions of 100 to 125 miles for the 1000 mile journey home with no issues. I now understand why they recommend this seat for Iron Butt rides. I've attached a few photos of the seat below.
Next, while I was fortunate to have mostly good weather, I did run into two days of rain on the road. Although I was dreading riding in the rain, I found that because my "Spidey-senses" were at their peak while doing 70+ mph on the freeway in the wind and rain, dodging cagers and 18 wheelers, I got shots of adrenaline the likes of which I hadn't experienced in a very long time. I honestly felt like I was 16 again at times. It was great!
I am so grateful to be physically able to ride on long distance rides again. Five years ago I was afraid that I'd never be able to ride for more than 15 or 20 miles at a time. Life is good again!
So that's two 2000+ mile road trips in a little over a month on the new RGU and I'm still thrilled with the bike. I feel like I'm just getting warmed up! I am really looking forward to meeting everyone that is planning to attend Shark Week VIII in Durango in July!