07/01/2010 Yesterday I had a canvas cover made up for my gel pad. I rode home with it and I am unsure at this stage about it's effectiveness. I think I made a mistake in getting the size I did, I think I should have got the largest size possible. Something about my physical attributes means I am not getting the cover from the gel pad I bought. Actually it is too small for my motorcycle seat. True. Anyway I will continue to use it for now, it may simply require getting used to it.
When I fitted the new tank (see pics) I also fitted a new locking petcock. I have found that when the fuel runs low and I have to switch to reserve the engine runs roughly for a while as if starved of fuel. After 3 or 4 minutes the engine runs normally again. I am not sure why this happens. At the moment I am getting approximately 320km before reserve. I will have to carry a litre of petrol and test how far I get on reserve, worthwhile knowing I reckon particularly in for a long trip.
I have done some research in to helmet cams as I wish to video the WA 2010 ride. I will post my research soon.