With these additions the motorcycle is a really good long-distance tourer. The upright SM/dual sport position is very comfortable over long days, and while your butt will HURT with the stock seat, y’all: you’re riding a motorcycle. after a couple of hundred miles your butt will hurt. HOWEVER I am planning to get a rebuilt seat for more comfort, and probably an alaska leather sheepskin too. I tried the sweetcheeks but I didn’t like how it changed my seat on the motorcycle (I talk about it briefly here).
The DRZ-400 is my regular commuter – I have a 45 miles each-way trip into the office, and I’ve taken it on a 2500 mile trip through eleven states in eleven days, which I’ve tried to adequately document.