Maybe I will get used to the riding position more. I took that trip about 2 months after I got the bike, so my body wasn't really used to riding and all the various seldom-used muscles it requires, lol. I don't want to dissuade anyone from getting a 300F. It's a great bike, and I'm glad I didn't something else honestly. I almost got a CB500F, but it would have cost ~$2k more, and I don't think would do anything more or better than the 300F for what I use it for, which is commuting to work, running around town and the occasional short highway trip. I would like to eventually do some touring, which may require a different bike. I think I am going to try a few cheap mods to try and make the 300 a bit more comfortable for the long haul--a new windshield, seat pad, maybe handlebar risers--before I drop 7000+ on a CB500X. I really like the light weight, ease of handling at low speed and looks of the 300, as well as the spectacular gas mileage.My previous bike was a Honda 650 Deauville. Very comfortable tourer. When I got the CBR300R I was expecting to lose a lot of the comfort factor and have more frequent rests. No such thing. The CBR is more comfortable than the Deauville and I can ride for hours without a break. I do lean forward more too but don't have a problem with this. Last autumn (fall to you over there,) I did a 220 mile ride and the only time I got off was to go to a regular cafe for a coffee but as soon as I got off I saw they were closes so I got back on and completed the ride. That stop gave me a break of about 30 seconds. Still felt fresh when I arrived home and would happily done another 100 miles. Bear in mind that I'm not a youngster and suffer with arthritis so the CBR can't be that bad to ride.