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Old Yesterday, 12:41 PM   #1
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old and sore needs some advise

finally got my dream bike
2002 1150 gsa with 40,000 km's/ 25,000 miles.
took a bmw off road course and learned tons on how to handle the bike in various terrain.
all was good until i took a bad fall on a steep hill climb and for two weeks now i have parts that are still sore as heck

so, contemplating getting something a little calmer and built for my old bones.
comfort has suddenly become more of a priority than off road adventure.
been looking at some k series gt's and gtl's and some r series Lt's

any thoughts on what would be less strainfull on my lower back?
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Old Yesterday, 12:56 PM   #2
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The K bikes have a fairly sporty seating position, i.e. leaning forward some. Might not be so great for a bad back. The GSA has the kind of ergo's that are GOOD for achy bones. Keep it.
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Old Yesterday, 01:07 PM   #3
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I'm in my late 50's and bought a 2001 1150GS about four years ago because of the riding position, bad back from prior motorcycle accident. Just retired a couple years ago and started taking some trips from my bucket list. It will never see any major off-roading just paved roads with me at the controls. So far the only dirt it has been on is the campgrounds I have stayed at. It has been a great ride for me!
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Old Yesterday, 01:13 PM   #4
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finally got my dream bike
2002 1150 gsa with 40,000 km's/ 25,000 miles.
took a bmw off road course and learned tons on how to handle the bike in various terrain.
all was good until i took a bad fall on a steep hill climb and for two weeks now i have parts that are still sore as heck

so, contemplating getting something a little calmer and built for my old bones.
comfort has suddenly become more of a priority than off road adventure.
been looking at some k series gt's and gtl's and some r series Lt's

any thoughts on what would be less strainfull on my lower back?
Perhaps keep the bike, but pass on the steep hill climbs? I'd argue that for many riders the GSA is not the bike of choice for that kind of riding anyways - get a 400-500cc class DS for that! That said, the bike is very capable on the rough stuff, but if you're new to off-road then it might take MUCH more technical riding exposure than found in a weekend course before a person could feel comfortable in that environment. As for gentle riding, I love my GSA for touring. A guy I know used to have an RT and a GSA and he preferred the GSA over the RT for touring . . .
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Old Yesterday, 01:33 PM   #5
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I'm done riding the rough string myself. You might experiment with sitting forward and aft of your present position. You might consider different risers up/down fore/aft, also examine how you sit. Slouched, belly out/belly in sort of thing. Your leg position will also have an effect on your hip angle. Lastly, bicycle riding has helped strengthen and toughen my core and lower half. It has really helped endurance and balance/technique in the GS.
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Thumb Keep the GS

Keep the GS and skip the Hard core off road. I got a GSA1150ADV with panniers and all this stuff. I take it off road but long not as hard as I would ride my TT600, KTM350. It takes a lot off Technic to ride it and stay in the saddle. I am still afraid to drop the bike and wont be able to lift it up again. Hope that I never need to.

But from all bikes, that is one of the best cruiser to run around the country side.

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Old Yesterday, 06:53 PM   #7
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Back bike

I have a k1200r sport and it was made for those tall Germans so while there is a little lean over it is not bad at all. That was one of the reasons I bought it. Plus they engineered it so the wind coming over the little fairing hits you right on the shoulders pushing you up to take pressure off your arms. I did a 3700 mile road trip on it last year, shorter trip then normall due to all the rain, and it was great. Now the seat is another issue. I jump on my HP2 if I'm doing any off-road stuff. Richard.
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Keep it and get hiway pegs, maybe a new seat and bar backs to make it comfy.
Or, get a RT which will likely require everything above.
Do a broad yahoo search for the master yoda riding position. That seems to help some people.
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Old Yesterday, 07:57 PM   #9
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any thoughts on what would be less strainfull on my lower back?
Crash less.
Seriously it's not the bikes fault that you're sore. You could have the most comfortable bike in the world and if you crash it then you're going to be sore.
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Old Yesterday, 08:50 PM   #10
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Comfort

Most bikes can be adjusted to a good fit (reasonable ones anyway.
Bar, saddle, peg relationship should feel right.
Read about saddle choices if yours needs it, than bar changes, then pegs.
Then the expensive stuff, aftermarket suspension MAY make things a lot more comfortable.
If you like and intend to keep the bike makes sense.
The right springs, aftermarket shock, fork oil change. Possibly a fork upgrade.
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Old Yesterday, 09:15 PM   #11
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I agree with the above, but if you really want to look at another bike, the r1100/1150/1200r roadsters are similar ergos, and while capable bikes, maybe you won't feel compelled to try things like hill climbs on one?
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all you need is some sexy therapeutic massage...

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Old Today, 05:44 AM   #14
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no two back problems are ever exactly the same. Forward leaning position on street bikes causes problems for many, but OTOH fully upright "ADV" bike position does put stress on your lower back. Sometimes you need to actually get away from that. Each case is individual.
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