you couldn't put a dowel or stick on there to make things a little easier?
I'm with Novice on this one, touring an rsv is way better than a 9xx...holy crap, all those miles....!?!? i don't know what's most impressive... the trip itself...? or that trip from the "torture rack" that is an an RSV...? the '04's are the only bike that i've ever ridden that makes a 996 seem "goldwing-ish". a few hours seat time and i'd been turning back for home. good job...!