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So Im trying to plan a loooong trip from Louisiana all the way to Connecticut in my ninja 300. After I have check the bike and made sure she's ready for the trip, what comfort add-ons should I be looking at. The bike is bone-stock except for an exhaust and gear indicator. I was thinking on a touring or semi touring windshield since the stock one doesnt really work for me. I've never been on a trip this long on a bike so what should I be avoiding and what should I be looking forward to.


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So Im trying to plan a loooong trip from Louisiana all the way to Connecticut in my ninja 300. After I have check the bike and made sure she's ready for the trip, what comfort add-ons should I be looking at. The bike is bone-stock except for an exhaust and gear indicator. I was thinking on a touring or semi touring windshield since the stock one doesnt really work for me. I've never been on a trip this long on a bike so what should I be avoiding and what should I be looking forward to.


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Not sure how far you want to go for comfort but a touring screen, bar risers, lowering the rear of the bike a little and adding re-grips on top of the original grips has added a ton of comfort to mine. I'm also waiting for a set of used newgen 250 pegs (rubber foot pads) from ebay which should greatly help vibration.
A cell phone holder is a nice accessory.
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So Im trying to plan a loooong trip from Louisiana all the way to Connecticut in my ninja 300. After I have check the bike and made sure she's ready for the trip, what comfort add-ons should I be looking at. The bike is bone-stock except for an exhaust and gear indicator. I was thinking on a touring or semi touring windshield since the stock one doesnt really work for me. I've never been on a trip this long on a bike so what should I be avoiding and what should I be looking forward to.


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I'm taking off for my first multi-day trip on my 300 to Tail of the Dragon next week!!!
First, I hope you have already invested in quality riding gear and wear it-- ATGATT!


I have a National Cycle Tall Touring windscreen, Givi V47 topcase and sidebags, Garmin Zumo, Etymotic earphones (seal out the wind so you can hear your tunes!), a custom seat (the stock one is actually pretty comfortable; I didn't add any padding, but it's green now!), MFW Vario footpegs and mounts (to lower them), and a BrakeAway throttle lock. I'll also be wearing my Camelbak so I can hydrate on the fly.


Other touring tips: I've found that 350 miles a day is plenty for me on a bike. I've done trips on a Shadow Aero 750, an NT700V, and a NINJA 1000. I leave in the morning, stop every hour to hour and a half or so, take leisurely breaks, and try to be done for the day by supper time. Take plenty of water with you!!! I also take electrolyte pills (available at health food stores) before I leave and at lunch to help me tolerate the heat better. If it's super hot and humid, I wear a cooling towel around my neck, and when I stop I sometimes just douse my whole head. Pack quality rain gear--and hope you don't need it!!Pack a handheld CB radio in case there's no cell service. Pack a tool kit. I have a Bully disc lock that I use at night. Pack microfiber towels to wipe the dew off everything in the morning, as well as something to clean your face shield. Pack a portable charger (such as Anker) to charge up accessories during stops. I also pack a backup set of earphones, eartips, and a backup Bluetooth gizmo. Stash an extra key in a billfold or someplace. Take some portable snacks, such as energy bars, jerky, etc. Get plenty of rest and HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!
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I'm taking off for my first multi-day trip on my 300 to Tail of the Dragon next week!!!
First, I hope you have already invested in quality riding gear and wear it-- ATGATT!


I have a National Cycle Tall Touring windscreen, Givi V47 topcase and sidebags, Garmin Zumo, Etymotic earphones (seal out the wind so you can hear your tunes!), a custom seat (the stock one is actually pretty comfortable; I didn't add any padding, but it's green now!), MFW Vario footpegs and mounts (to lower them), and a BrakeAway throttle lock. I'll also be wearing my Camelbak so I can hydrate on the fly.


Other touring tips: I've found that 350 miles a day is plenty for me on a bike. I've done trips on a Shadow Aero 750, an NT700V, and a NINJA 1000. I leave in the morning, stop every hour to hour and a half or so, take leisurely breaks, and try to be done for the day by supper time. Take plenty of water with you!!! I also take electrolyte pills (available at health food stores) before I leave and at lunch to help me tolerate the heat better. If it's super hot and humid, I wear a cooling towel around my neck, and when I stop I sometimes just douse my whole head. Pack quality rain gear--and hope you don't need it!!Pack a handheld CB radio in case there's no cell service. Pack a tool kit. I have a Bully disc lock that I use at night. Pack microfiber towels to wipe the dew off everything in the morning, as well as something to clean your face shield. Pack a portable charger (such as Anker) to charge up accessories during stops. I also pack a backup set of earphones, eartips, and a backup Bluetooth gizmo. Stash an extra key in a billfold or someplace. Take some portable snacks, such as energy bars, jerky, etc. Get plenty of rest and HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

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VERY IMPORTANT: You're looking at roughly 3000 miles round-trip. You need to make sure your tires will have enough tread on them to make the trip safely. I get about 6000 miles on a set of Dunlop Q3+s; YMMV, depending on the tires you choose. Be aware that some sport bike tires get as few as 2500 miles on them before they're done. I'm starting out with a fresh set on my bike (They've been on for two weeks, and I STILL don't have them scrubbed yet!!). I can't emphasize enough how much of a safety issue this is. If you're already part way through a set, you may need to make arrangements to get new tires somewhere en route.

Don't forget to make sure your oil is good to go as well. I can change my own on my 2017 KRT for less than $30 (Kawi oil and filter). It should be done every 3500 miles or so if you use non-synthetic.

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