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I know the 899 is not a tourer, but has anyone logged sigificant miles, say 400+ in a day or 2,000+ in a week? My bike hasn't arrived yet, but I've read the ergonomics are good for a sportbike. I've also read wrists can get sore after a lot of riding. Any other issues or pains that develop? I'd prefer to sell my BMW but don't want to miss out on my annual week-long ride with my mates. The 899 will be perfect for the riding I do the remainder of the year.
 

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I haven't on the 899 yet, only done 200 miles in a day, I'll be doing 400 Saturday tho.

I did rides like that on my 848 tho. Wrists will get sore on any sport bike from bad posture.

I've never ridden a touring bike, only sport bikes, but I'm sure you will adjust. I would suggest a travel bag that straps where the passenger seat is tho.
 

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I did about 450 the first day I got mine. It was about the same as my Honda, a little more pressure on the wrists, but nothing the body doesn't adapt to quickly. The wind a cold beat me up more than anything!
 

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I feel pressure after riding for a while on my left wrist since it's mostly stationary. It's totally from bad posture. When I start to feel it I remember to squeeze the tank with my knees & use my core to hold my body up. That instantly reduces the discomfort. Besides my left wrist I haven't found any other discomfort from being in the saddle. Neck, ankles, back, etc.. are all fine.
 

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Thanks, sounds encouraging. I have ordered the comfort seat, tank bag (12 liter capacity) and tail bag (8 liters). Not a lot of storage, but enough for some light shoes, jeans, a few T-shirts and a toothbrush. The bags actually look quite nice. A bit like putting a ski rack on a Ferrari but will do the trick the few times they are required.
 

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I'm surprised you ordered the comfort seat being how comfortable the 899 seat is. It's basically a comfort seat compared to the 848.
 

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I'm surprised you ordered the comfort seat being how comfortable the 899 seat is. It's basically a comfort seat compared to the 848.

Got to agree. I've come off an 848 after 3 and a half years and comfort wise they are night and day.
I didn't really realise at the time riding the 848 as I loved it, but the 899 is fantastic.


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Thanks, sounds encouraging. I have ordered the comfort seat, tank bag (12 liter capacity) and tail bag (8 liters). Not a lot of storage, but enough for some light shoes, jeans, a few T-shirts and a toothbrush. The bags actually look quite nice. A bit like putting a ski rack on a Ferrari but will do the trick the few times they are required.

I've got the comfort seat on mine. It's fairly comfortable and that extra couple of centimetre of height should help the knees on longer journeys. I'm planning a lot of touring in Europe and at home this summer.


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The comfort seat is relatively inexpensive ($244 US). This is my first sportbike (I am 57 years old and have been riding for 40 years) so I'm not familiar with the 848 seat or any others. My BMW has a custom leather saddle with a gel pad insert! So I just decided to go for some extra comfort, even if its not much. I do plan on sitting on my 899 for a long time.
 

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Is the comfort seat worth it? I have a huge journey in two months and want to be as ready as possible.
 

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Is the comfort seat worth it? I have a huge journey in two months and want to be as ready as possible.
Personally I find the seat on the 899 very comfortable for a sports bike, don't get me wrong, it's not a "DFS" armchair, but compared to most sports bikes I've owned/ridden (my mated 996 springs to mind) it's really good. The most I've done so far in one go is only 60 miles, but was great at that distance and can see it being fine for much longer rides when the weather improves.
 

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The 899 is probably too new to get many responses here. All I know is I rode 25,000 kms from Canada to Argentina last year and the custom seat from Rich's was my most important farkle.
 

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I did a 900 mile weekend a few weeks ago. My wrists were fine, but I tended to use more back than stomach and got a little sore in the back. I also didn't have tank grips at the time. Overall it was fine. My argument is you ride what you want and deal with it. ;)

I had the SW Motech side bags and a Kriega US20, totaling about 60L which was enough for camping gear.

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I did a 900 mile weekend a few weeks ago. My wrists were fine, but I tended to use more back than stomach and got a little sore in the back. I also didn't have tank grips at the time. Overall it was fine. My argument is you ride what you want and deal with it. ;)

I had the SW Motech side bags and a Kriega US20, totaling about 60L which was enough for camping gear.

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I've got a kriega US-20 and 2 US-10's. Haven't used them on the 899 yet. We're they easy enough to fit?


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I think one of the most important factor mentioned here is riding posture/position on a sportsbike. Essentially, the arms should be bent and relaxed and not be too straight as to put too much unwanted pressure on the wrists, hence the soreness in the wrist after a while of riding.
 

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Never had a problem with my wrists. It's the constant acceleration/deceleration effect on my neck. I guess this could be remedied by being softer with the throttle.
 

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I've got a kriega US-20 and 2 US-10's. Haven't used them on the 899 yet. We're they easy enough to fit?


I cheated a little bit by attaching two points of the Kriega to the side bags' handles. The other two points were on the turn signals. That setup worked decently, but I found the Kriega would slide forward and encroach on my back. My goal was to avoid scratching the fairings, though, which was met.

It might be useful to get a hold of antihero on the 1199 forums and ask him how he attached his. I think he might have used the seat and tail piece as anchor points.

Depending on how you arrange the 20 and 10s, you might attach to the passenger pegs and tail piece. I would imagine that to be a little precarious, though, considering the roundness of the pillion seat.

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You can also probably try Apex Adjustable clipons(they come in 53mm fork tube diameter, which I think the Panigale's are) and raise them higher than stock and depending on tank clearance, move them closer to you for a more upright position.. That is if the lines coming off the controls have enough slack.
 

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I've got a kriega US-20 and 2 US-10's. Haven't used them on the 899 yet. We're they easy enough to fit?


I cheated a little bit by attaching two points of the Kriega to the side bags' handles. The other two points were on the turn signals. That setup worked decently, but I found the Kriega would slide forward and encroach on my back. My goal was to avoid scratching the fairings, though, which was met.

It might be useful to get a hold of antihero on the 1199 forums and ask him how he attached his. I think he might have used the seat and tail piece as anchor points.

Depending on how you arrange the 20 and 10s, you might attach to the passenger pegs and tail piece. I would imagine that to be a little precarious, though, considering the roundness of the pillion seat.

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Thanks for that, I haven't had a proper look to see how to attach them yet. My old bike had some good solid anchor points under the seat but I'm not sure about this one. Also haven't fitted the passenger pegs yet, they'll probably be the best option.

Thanks again Ross


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I did ride over 100 miles in one go and had no problem whatsoever with wrists. As 92GTA says, that can happen only with bad posture...

If anything, I'd recommend ear plugs :D
 
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