You've gotten loads of good information above. Regarding #2, I've tried beads, sheepskin, gel pads, and an Airhawk. The Airhawk definitely works best for me but you may not find the same. A beaded cover made from a cheap beaded car seat cover is a nice change sometimes, especially in heat where it lets a little air flow between you and the seat, and in rain as it elevates you out of the rainwater sitting on the seat. And as for #3 yes - I would recommend some kind of a throttle aid even with cruise control. I use a 'Cramp Buster' myself. There are lots of places such as in the mountains where you can't really use the cruise control because of constant speed changes and that's where the cramp buster is nice to have.
Best of luck with the first extended ride.
Will be watching for a report.
1.) is there a such thing as a pair of off brand summer pants with armor that are inexpensive but still provide protection? I've bought regular Joe Rocket pants and they would be way too hot.
2.) Airhawk cushions-is this really the best of the best when it comes to making the ride more comfortable? What model/size would work on an '89 GL 1500?
3.) Do you recommend (not sure if this is what they are called) throttle devices to reduce strain on hands? If so, what brand?
4.)Is there a way to install a power charger, whether USB or cigarette lighter type in an '89 GL 1500?
5.)What is a reasonable option for switching to LED lights with a kit or increasing the power of the lights but switching to a different light bulb other than the standard one that is used on the bike?
6.) How do you deal with a passenger who is afraid we are going to get into an accident on the bike. I'm going to teach her how to work with me on curves and such but she's got this idea in her head about something bad happening.
That's all for now! Thank you. :-)