More on the XR650L
Okay, so yesterday I rode about 400 miles on my XR through Central Washington. My butt hurt so bad, I resorted to riding down the highway standing up for quite some way.
So these guys who ride these bikes for weeks on end, what do they do to stay comfortable? I'm going to try wearing my mountain biking shorts, which are lycra and have thick gel padding in the butt. I'm also going to look for a seat cover with some extra padding. Hopefully that'll help.
The other problem I encountered was a small sandstorm. Along the Columbia river, you get very high winds and blowing sand, which almost blew me off the road a couple times. I wear a motocross helmet and goggles, and a little sand managed to creep up under my goggles. I'm now thinking of getting a more roadworthy helmet, with a shield. That might help keep sand out.
But more importantly, the wind rushing through the helmet is deafening, even when I'm not in high winds. To try to solve this, I wear ear plugs. This helps a great deal, but even still, my ears were ringing after riding all day.