Having spent a week and change riding around Michigan for the 4th of July week (and a little before and after), I had a tough decision when I got home.
Namely, do I keep the 900 custom and try to fix the little nagging things that I don't really care for, or do I look for an upgrade in terms of size and comfort...
Aside from the high freeway revs, I had issues with wind protection and foot positions (which will be remedied next weekend, as I'll get to in a sec), not being visible enough (damn cagers on vacation not paying attention), and in my opinion, a little lack of pep (granted, this may have stemmed more from riding my buddy's Rocket III Touring while on the trip on occasion, but still).
When I got home, I spent a chunk of time talking with my wife (who was encouraging me to go find a bigger bike), and ultimately decided to keep the 900 for a few more years and simply "make it mine". I know that most of the upgrades and mods will be off the shelf and not terribly unique, but still, I'd like to make the bike a more amicable traveling companion. I only ride solo (at least for now), so two up comfort isn't an issue for me... in fact, I'll be removing the passenger pegs shortly.
Sorry for the long winded post, but I'm getting to the point... I'll list out what I'm planning on doing to the bike, and I'm going to ask those that have taken these bikes on long trips for their opinions on what else needs to be changed.
At the moment, I have a Memphis Shades batwing with windshield and lower deflectors for the batwing coming along with floorboards to replace the front pegs. Also planned (probably next month) will be the big three (probably going with a Cobra fl2000R, V&H Slash cut staggereds, and a BAK), and a couple other cosmetic upgrades. Eventually, I'll color-match the fairing to the bike and probably invest in some hard bags to make a mini-bagger (ala Whiting57's Custom, but in red, a far superior color
Any thoughts as to other items to make longer trips more comfortable/enjoyable?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts, and again, my apologies for the long winded post, but I had to get a little rambling out...