Great topic, I'm on the same 'quest for comfort' as a new rider, I took my 300 on an overnight trip, about 3.5 hours each way and want to do a few tweaks to make my ride more comfortable for touring.
Here's what I have on my list so far:
1. SEAT UPGRADE! By far the most important because MAN was I hurting after the first 2 hours. I'm looking at Saddlemen and other seats but given the mixed reviews on how much these prefab seat replacements help, I might just have my local shop reupholster the seat with some memory foam or something, they can probably do it for <$300.
2. 1" handlebar risers
3. Zero Gravity Sport Touring windshield - the wind was REALLY beating me up on those country roads.
4. Grip Puppy comfort grip sleeves - only $16 on amazon, reduces vibration and 'death grip'
FOLLOWING POSTED ON SAME SUBJECT :
GEL SEAT UPDATE to previous posting :
Took a ride this afternoon on just basically country roads. But stayed on the bike for over TWO hours.
Will have to admit and report that the " factory " GEL seat seems to be starting to work for me. What I mean is that other riders have reported that you need to give a GEL seat time to work and take shape. What I mean by taking shape is forming to your own body.
My other rides were basically one hour in duration, but today I wanted to push the envelope a bit and stretched it out to a little over two hours. I am quite sure that I could have ridden longer, but had other things on my agenda and had to return home.
I am starting to believe that an all day ride would not be a problem. Naturally you would have to take some rest time, but you could also push the time in the saddle. Also, you may have to stop for gas.
Even though in some people's minds it is a little costly, I now firmly believe that the " Kawasaki GEL Seat " was the right choice choice, at least for this Ninja 300 rider.