Comfort on the motorcycle
I don't know about other Ténéré riders, but we find the standard saddle too soft. Of course, this could also be due to the age of the bikes, but with less than 40,000 km of use, this shouldn't really be a problem. However, we have noticed that the standard saddle causes a greenhouse effect around your buttocks much quicker in warm weather.
For this reason we started looking for an alternative saddle that is harder and which we can use longer in hot weather. Via via, we ended up at RayZ motorseats in Hengstdijk (Zeeland). We both had our saddles refilled and upholstered. As you can see above, the result is very nice and the saddles have proven themselves with the rides we have already made. We'll have to wait and see how they fit during full days in warm weather.
Besides the saddle, the tires are certainly important for comfort. We think we should be able to get as far as Tehran with the first set of tires. Since we can ride all that on paved roads, we chose a street-oriented tire with the Metzeler Tourance. These are still a bit chunkier than many other street tires, so if we want to play off-road or tackle gravel roads once in a while, that shouldn't be a problem either.
Of course, not only are the adjustments to the bike important for comfort, but in hot weather we should definitely not forget ourselves. Therefore we both have chosen to bring a Macna Dry Evo cooling vest. This cooling vest in combination with a blow-through jacket should ensure that we can bring the temperature down to about 10 degrees on hot days. You pour half a liter of water in it and by means of the same technique as the sweating of the skin, the vest cools you down considerably. A blow-through jacket is necessary to get the air flowing along the vest.
Combined with a pair of gastight pants and Martin's motorcycle shoes instead of closed boots, this should provide enough comfort for hot days.