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Has anyone ever toured on a zx10r and if so what mods did you do to make it comfortable? I previously had an old 1998 cbr900rr fire blade and could ride it all day.... But the zx10r is hurting after about 45 mins!
 

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I did 7,600ish miles on my gen 4 in about 2.5 weeks and I didn't think it was that bad. It was bone stock, most of the time by the time I had to get gas I'd get off the bike and stretch a bit to help be less sore/stiff. I also had a tank bag I kept it soft so I could lay down on the tank if I was cruising on the highway for a bit.

I just picked up a Yamaha Stratoliner and I don't think I'd ever want to do another trip on a sport bike again. The factory bags are so handy and the riding position with the backrest and highway pegs are like riding a couch down the highway. Yet still handles decently enough. I never wanted to push my gen 4 too much when I was so far away from home, sure I went a lot faster in the corners than on a cruiser and you can definitely do tour on a zx10 but just isn't as comfy as a bike thats more made for that kind of stuff.

I would get a good seat, maybe some heavy bar ends to help reduce vibration in the bars if thats bugging you, some way to bring luggage with (i used a kriega combo pack with a tank bag) and a little cruise control thing is handy to help stretch out your right hand sometimes.
 

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I have a st2 Ducati but I'd like to just keep one bike.

If I can make the 10r comfortable then I can run just one bike.

So I'm thinking..... Gillies variobar.

Do gillies rear sets go lower than standard?

Heavier bar ends help that?
 

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My Vortex rearsets will go 5mm lower and 5mm further forward than stock. I run some pretty hefty Zeta Racing bar end weights to reduce vibration which helps a lot.
 

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add some woodcraft clip on's with riser, to the rear sets and lower pegs. that will help with the ergo's. a good soft seat, and some soft bags (TDH, has some good ones, and a thread about touring with the gen 4-5).

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I've been thinking about some Woodcraft clip-ons with a rise for my Gen2, but I'm wondering how high is to high so that it interferes with the fairing?
 

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I've done several 500 mile (800kms) days on a bone stock Gen 4.
The trick for me was stretching before and during the ride and moving around in the saddle when you get a straight section of road.
 

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I've done several 500 mile (800kms) days on a bone stock Gen 4.
The trick for me was stretching before and during the ride and moving around in the saddle when you get a straight section of road.
800?!?! I would've had to amputate my butt after a day like that. 550km was my max and I felt like dying.
 

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I'm new to the Zx world, but I bought it in a large part to tour on, I came from an 05 R1 that I toured lots on. For me, I don't see the zx10 being extra uncomfortable to be on all day with just rear sets. Although I sat on a saddleman seat the other day and I think my ass is angry at me now for not already having one. I find the zx10 and my old R1 much more comfortable with leathers on, that extra bit of padding seems to help a ton compared to jeans.
 

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i often done 2000 mile weekends on a Gen3 just for the buzz. i have also been away for a week at a time touring on it. A typical 2000 mile weekend would be a blast down to the French Riviera i keep it light with the luggage i made my own rack out of a spare pillion seat which makes it easy to strap on & remove it as you dont want to be leaving luggage unattended anywhere in Europe. i avoid tank bag as filling up every hundred to hundred & twenty miles is a pain in arse with a tank bag. The other thing is the miles i do at night on french toll roads & although against the law cruising typically at around 120 mph means im getting off the bike every hour or so to fill up. Iv done winter trips like this & obviously they are more painful because of the cold & anything not leather normally tears around the shoulders eventually. I bought a Zero Gravity seat after a few trips & have to say i wished id did it earlier. in truth ride superbikes long distances has a lot to do with your physical size and condition.
 

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Hi Michael

That's superb mate.
I just can't sit on it for that long. I've ordered rearset lowerers, gillies variobars, bigger screen...just need to sort a seating solution. Any recommendations?

I see what your saying about tank bag but would it be good to lean on?
Pete
 

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The only non original equipment seat iv used apart from a racing seat is this This Zero Gravity Gel Seat, much much better than the stock one, there are others around such as "corbin" but iv never used those so cant comment.
 

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I forgot to mention that along with some hefty bar end weights I'm running Pro Grip 719 RVGS Gel Grips which help a lot with vibration without being bulky and weird in your hands.
 

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I'll have a look at gel grips. I've never had a problem with the vibrations. Although I've never sat on it too long lol.
 

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Hi Michael

That's superb mate.
I just can't sit on it for that long. I've ordered rearset lowerers, gillies variobars, bigger screen...just need to sort a seating solution. Any recommendations?

I see what your saying about tank bag but would it be good to lean on?
Pete
Keep in mind that finding the right tank bag is a little more challenging on the Gen 4/5 because the front half of the tank isn't metal (magnetic tank bags might not work well) but a plastic cover.

I don't know where you live but if you're in a chillier climate, easily installed heated grips help a lot with hand and finger cramping because the grips tend to be a larger diameter than the originals.
 

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I'm in the Uk mate, so heated grips on everything!

Tank bagwise .....ive been looking at the GIVIS which bolt around the petrol filler cap. or a bagster tank cover, but cant find one for a 2006.

Hoping all these mods work and I don't just go and buy an old vfr800 lol.
 
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