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OK, I have an opportunity to do an Iron Butt ride in a little less than a month. I've had the Vision for a little over a month and have put about 1000 miles on her. It seems to be a comfortable ride, though I am ready to get off the bike at the 100 mile mark. One of the guys I ride with has put together an itinerary for the 1000 miles we'd be travelling. All of the fuel stops are at the 200-215 mile distance. This means at least three hours or so without a break.

I've wanted to do the Iron Butt challenge for years, but I'm a little leery of trying it on the Vision without first getting a little feedback. My stock seat is pretty comfortable, but what's it going to feel like after 600+ miles? I know what it was like to ride the Honda VTX 500 miles in a day and I'd never do it again. It was like a torture device. It had a little bit of custom padding done through Mean City Cycles, but not enough for a ride of this magnitude. The Vision is much more comfortable, but can anyone tell me about some alternatives to help it feel even more comfortable on a very long day? A new seat is not an option right now.

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I do not have a Vision. One friend of mine does and does do long distance on it. He got and uses an Air Hawk seat cushion on it and seems very happy with it.

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OK, I have an opportunity to do an Iron Butt ride in a little less than a month. I've had the Vision for a little over a month and have put about 1000 miles on her. It seems to be a comfortable ride, though I am ready to get off the bike at the 100 mile mark. One of the guys I ride with has put together an itinerary for the 1000 miles we'd be travelling. All of the fuel stops are at the 200-215 mile distance. This means at least three hours or so without a break.

I've wanted to do the Iron Butt challenge for years, but I'm a little leery of trying it on the Vision without first getting a little feedback. My stock seat is pretty comfortable, but what's it going to feel like after 600+ miles? I know what it was like to ride the Honda VTX 500 miles in a day and I'd never do it again. It was like a torture device. It had a little bit of custom padding done through Mean City Cycles, but not enough for a ride of this magnitude. The Vision is much more comfortable, but can anyone tell me about some alternatives to help it feel even more comfortable on a very long day? A new seat is not an option right now.
Hey stu, congrats on the new ride and glad to see your post for the IBA ride. The Vision makes it a cake walk is all I can say. My last IBA I rode an extra 300 just because I could and even hand a long lunch. The vision to me almost takes some of the challenge out of it. I'm out in Chesapeake if you want to talk specifics on the vision as I am curious why you wanted a break after a hundred. I roll up to DC on this think like some do a lunch run.

The stock seat is one of the best seats I've had, no issues or complaints. You got lowers installed?the one thing I don't have is a back rest which my TC does and I do miss that. I got hwy pegs but I'm not crazy bout them like on the TC. I do have a cup holed, nice to have on the ride.

Just to make you feel better when I bought my vision I rode it back from Tennessee the day I bought it. Most of the time I got off because I wanted to not needed to. Pressure on the shock is crucial. Shoot me a pm if you want to catch up some time.

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That's great, Tim. I'm a big guy, about 270, so the airhawk, which I tried on the Honda, wasn't what I had hoped it would be. I may try to put that on the Vision to see if there's any difference. 100 miles and I start to feel a little lower glute tightness (that's the best way to describe it, I guess). I'm probably going to be making a run up to Maryland in the next couple of weeks, that should give me a better test run for the IBA.

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There is a guy here his name is Rollin he does iron butts like you wouldn't believe. He use seat beads I like ship skin. Either one keep you dry and keep the heat away.
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Thanks Johnny!!

Yes, I use a Bead Rider seat cover on my Vision.

Helps keep you cool when it's warm and helps to keep you dry when it's raining.

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Thanks Johnny!!

Yes, I use a Bead Rider seat cover on my Vision.

Helps keep you cool when it's warm and helps to keep you dry when it's raining.

Exactly what I was looking for, from a guy who knows! What do you use on your Vision? I looked at a couple of products, but they didn't have an idiot proof way of knowing which one to get for the Vision. A friend of mine uses a Pro Pad on his Ultraglide, but I couldn't figure out whether or not it would fit the Vision.

Do you have a part number or a link to what works best for you?

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A bought a 13"X13" for my Vision from Bead Rider.

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That's great, Tim. I'm a big guy, about 270, so the airhawk, which I tried on the Honda, wasn't what I had hoped it would be. I may try to put that on the Vision to see if there's any difference. 100 miles and I start to feel a little lower glute tightness (that's the best way to describe it, I guess). I'm probably going to be making a run up to Maryland in the next couple of weeks, that should give me a better test run for the IBA.
Well Rollin is my mentor (known by him or not) for IBA and while the bead rider looks interesting I'm curious as to your foot positioning and what pressure your running in the tires and your shock. May have a combo of things leading to your discomfort.
But I am checking out the beads. Dry is good. Lol

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Well Rollin is my mentor (known by him or not) for IBA and while the bead rider looks interesting I'm curious as to your foot positioning and what pressure your running in the tires and your shock. May have a combo of things leading to your discomfort.
But I am checking out the beads. Dry is good. Lol
I have stock floorboards, so all I can do is stretch out for a while, though that also puts some pressure on the back, so I don't stay that way for long. I usually just have my feet resting normally, but have a need to move around a little (fidgety). I may have unintentionally been misleading with my description above. What I'm feeling on the rides I've been on thus far is not really 'pain.' It's probably more to do with being on a new bike than anything else. I gues fatigue would probably be a better way to explain it. I can't complain too much, I just have the experience with the Honda that makes me leery of an extrememly long ride. But so far, the bike has been phenomenal. I haven't messed with the shock.

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