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Old 04-16-2013, 07:17 PM   #613
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Location: Chandler, AZ
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Originally Posted by tonymorr View Post
I wonder if we might ask what your current or past bikes are? Everyone is different but I have always found that when I sit on a bike straight up my lower back bothers me after a while. I've always been more comfortable on a bike where my arms help support my weight somewhat. At least on longer rides.

Mostly cruisers, touring bikes, and dual sport bikes. I currently ride an '02 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, and just sold a 1500 Goldwing (just to big) Both are extremely comfortable. I also have a Yamaha XT225, and raised the bars 2" to make it fit properly. The pegs are a little to far back, but not bad. Many XT225 owners remove the passenger pegs if they do not plan on carrying a passenger, but I kept mine, so I can switch back and forth on the road to relieve leg cramps.

I bought a brand new '09 EX500 Ninja at a killer closeout price. I thought I would be ok with it, but wasn't. I installed 1 1/2" risers, bars were still way to low. I had serious arm, shoulder, and neck pain, and leg cramps, from having my legs (34" inseam) scrunched up underneath me. I put less than 5000 miles on it in 3 years, and finally sold it.

I understand the low bar/rearset peg position for handling, but I just can't tolerate it for any length of time.

I recently put over 500 miles on the Vulcan, and only got off once. I filled the tank from the seat. I was slightly sore, but no real pain. The EX500 was killing me after 100 miles.
2002 Vulcan 750 (now being slowly reassembled) 2013 Royal Enfield B5
2001 XT225, 2009 Genuine Stella
1980 Puch moped
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