I did not read all the posts. But it is important what style of underwear you have on. I learned on my first 2500 mile trip not to wear jockey shorts. The ribs around the leg bites into your skin due to the way you legs drape down the side of the seat. When you get that ugly abrasive uncomfortable rash, the rest of the trip is uncomfortable. I know some riders won't even wear underwear. Wear light weight long sleeve shirt if you don't wear a protective jacket. This protects your arms from not only the sun but wind burn. It doesn't matter the style of helmet you like and wear, put suntan lotion on your nose. I feel uncomfortable if I don't wear some kind of gloves. Have safe ride.