Originally Posted by iehrlich
I love the bike but on long rides my legs cramp up and I would love to have another place to put my feet. I had jpegs on my previous bike (RT). Any ideas?
I was also wondering about replacement shields that might offer more protection than the stock one.
What seat do you have? Try raising it to the high setting. I have some damage in my left knee that bothered the crap out of me on the old bike but doesn't pose any problems on the GT. The seat is also a bit more level on the higher setting (less tendency to move forward).
I would also recommend reading up on the "MYRP" Master Yoda's Riding Position - linky here. I find the GT very comfortable anyhow, but this MYRP helped ease my mind in preparation of getting the bike as well as provided some "permission" to move around and try some things since. Maybe it will help:
Something I am really enjoying about the GT is the riding position and how flexible it is. With your weight over your legs you have the capability to move around with a lot of stability. Flexing my toes down, "pressing" my legs, riding on the balls of my feet, being able to pretty much do the adventure rider stand up, etc. allows a long ride and "living" on the bike.
I also find that there is a lot of room on the seat and sliding forward or more rearward with the above leg exercises/positions - riding through a tank of gas is really easy. On my cruiser, with highway pegs, a backrest and an expensive Mustang touring saddle my legs would go to sleep, my knees would kill me, and my back would be rocking within the first 120 miles and I'd be pleading for to need a gas stop.
Highway pegs would be nice and I think they could bolt to the "hole" in the fair in a pretty decent location. I could see some benefit to having them on IBA rides
Hope the MYRP stuff helps.