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This will be nothing to most everyone who reads, but I took my first (what I call) long ride today with the wife.

Left Fulton, and went south on 54 to Jefferson City. Then south on 63 to Vienna. Right on 42, through Iberia and into Osage Beach. The obligatory stop at the outlet mall (remember wife was along). Dinner at Baxter's (good place to eat). Then north on 54 back home.

I don't know the exact mileage, but it was between 150 and 200 miles in all. A very nice ride for the most part. 42 was a little rough in places, but otherwise, very nice.

.....My ass hurts........
 

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Viper,
Now you have gone and done it. You fed her and went to the Mall. GEEEEZ. Now she will expect that every time you jump on the Bike.:joke:
Glad you are stretching your WING. Do it some more next time take in a couple of States.
Lotsa places to Eat....:yes1:

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I don't know the exact mileage, but it was between 150 and 200 miles in all. A very nice ride for the most part. 42 was a little rough in places, but otherwise, very nice.

.....My ass hurts........
Keep pushing the envelope. Your butt will get used to it and before you know it you'll be riding 500 miles or more in a day. So far my limit is 1600 miles a day, but it took me a while to get to that point.
 

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Everyone has a different level of tolerance for distance. DW and I are good for 600-700 miles per day. Anything less than 350 is just a cruise.

Just enjoy your rides and do what you feel comfortable with and if you choose, work your way up to higher mileages.

We take a short break about every hour and gas every other stop. Go light on lunches to avoid the sleepies in the afternoon. And remember, stay hydrated.

Enjoy
 

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Very good, Viper--
Seems you've now got the bike broken in--
a few more and you'll have the butt broken in as well.

Enjoy the ride! :doorag:
 

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Yeah, we have a multi-day trip planned for the week of Sept 5th. No idea where we're going, but we're going.
 

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Doesn't really matter where you go or how far.
Continue to enjoy the ride (the whole journey rather than the destination).
Makes the miles count, don't count the miles.
It will get better on your butt with more saddle time.
Ride safe.
 

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Yeah, we have a multi-day trip planned for the week of Sept 5th. No idea where we're going, but we're going.
Depends upon what you enjoy riding... slab and just seeing the scenery, or perhaps getting into some twisties? Or perhaps twisties and scenery? If so I suggest heading south into Arkansas.
 

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If your butt hurts that soon, you may need to look at another type of seat. The second day I had my Wing I rode it from Utah back to Tennessee (3 days) and my butt didn't hurt? I have a Russel Day Long seat.
 

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Depends upon what you enjoy riding... slab and just seeing the scenery, or perhaps getting into some twisties? Or perhaps twisties and scenery? If so I suggest heading south into Arkansas.
Dunno...east into southern IL looked pretty nice as well.

So much riding to see & do...so litle time & money. :D
 

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Congrats on a good trip.

You might consider and over night to Eureka Springs or Branson; 5 to 6 hours from your location.

Dinner, shopping and great roads; something for everyone.

We are in Eureka Springs in 4 weeks, really looking forward to Gaskins Cabin for steak and Ermillio's for great Italian.
 

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Viper,
Just saw your post glad to hear you and the wife got on the Wing for a nice ride,we been having some great weather here in Missouri :thumbup:
Yeah I got out yesterday with a couple of guys from work. Again, not a really long ride, but pretty nice, in any case. We started in Fulton, and went out O to D to 94. Over to 19, down to 50 and back over to Jeff, and back home.

Not long, but a pretty nice ride. And no sore butt.
 

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Cheap solution for sore ass: Walmart seat cushion. About $15 or so and really makes a difference. If you are vertically challenged, it may not work, but it has helped me.
 

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Yeah, we have a multi-day trip planned for the week of Sept 5th. No idea where we're going, but we're going.
Few years ago Gwyn and I were planning to ride to the WI Dells to get away from the St. Louis heat. We saw it was storming up there the morning we were leaving so decided to head to WV and ride in the mountains.

Our first night found us just east of Louisville, KY and Gwyn grabbed a bunch of the brochures from the lobby. We ended up staying in KY and having one of the best rides/trips we've had. Not a lot of miles per day, but a great time in some beautiful country.

Flexibility is a beautiful thing.
 

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Yeah. We're back now. We didn't stray too far from our planned route (we did a little, though), but we didn't keep a schedule. We got where we were headed whenever we got there.

The highlights were hit, like eating at Lambert's and so forth. But we were pretty flexible on stops and time.

All in all, a very nice trip. But it was windy as he** the entire trip. My face is wind burnt worse than its ever been. Otherwise, it was great. Probably around 1000 miles.
 

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Glad to see your enjoying your Wing. Where did you take the trip last weekend? I was in your town this afternoon attending a PGR funeral mission. Got a little wet on the escort to the cemetary.
 

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Without going into a terrible amount of detail, we went south on highway 21 to Clearwater Lake, then over to Wapapello Lake, then to Sikeston/Lamberts, and down into Arkansas.

The return trip took us from there over into Tennessee, and up through Kentucky and Illinois before crossing back into Missouri and back home.
 

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Well, geesh, you were within 30 miles of my house and you didn't let me know? (Down in the Clearwater/Wappallo are of your ride.)

Seriously, hope you enjoyed the ride!

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We enjoyed it a lot, except for the wind that day was miserable.

All we did was pass through that area, we didn't really hang around, except to stop and look at the huge washout at Wapapello Dam. Geez what a mess.

Oh, and the photo on the left was taken at the Clearwater Dam Campground there on the south side of the dam.
 
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