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Old 07-13-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Bent knees and pain

Is there anyone here who doesn't experience pain in the knees after a few hours in the saddle? I thought it was universal, but asking the question of "why the pain" in a message board devoted to answering questions of any kind has resulted in mixed responses.
Everybody gets that ache, right?
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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I don't. 39 yrs old, riding since I was 4 yrs old.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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Getting old ain't for sissies.

At 46, I'm finding my knees getting kind of weak, with lots of crunching sounds, but no pain (yet). Hazard of working in the trades I suppose.

Oddly enough, I found my GS1100 harder on my knees than my 1200 Bandit.

Go figure.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:56 PM   #4
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Back, yes. Butt, yes, eventually.
Knees are not a problem, and I have not so good knees.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:31 PM   #5
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Sitting in one position for hours... yes. Pain in the knees.

Highway pegs are a must for me. Doesn't matter what bike... BMW R1200C, KLR650, V-Strom, Valkyrie, Goldwing, Triumph TBS... they all got to my knees after 2 or 3 hours unless I have highway pegs installed to allow for changing the angle every now & then.

The KLR & Goldwing were the worst due to having a 200 mile range... I end up having to stop before I run out of gas just to get off the bike and walk around a few minutes (or at least move my feet to the highway pegs from time to time).
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:31 PM   #6
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Yes to the knee pain. I'm 56 and 6'1", and after 2 hours on the airhead my knees are feeling tortured. I can go all day on a bike with forward controls.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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With age come worn joints. I couldn't hold up my Gold Wing without popping in the knees. Fused vertebrae didn't help much either. I had to move on to a scooter, and it is is fantastic! Try it for yourself.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:45 PM   #8
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What bike are you on? The angle at which your knee is bent is probably something to think about. You could check http://cycle-ergo.com to see the geometry of your seating position.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:04 PM   #9
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I was getting knee pain on my stock vstrom. I dropped the pegs 2in using an aftermarket kit, which helped some. I then bought aftermarket pegs that allowed for 2 mounting positions and gave me another inch of leg stretch. Now I dont get knee pain anymore. Did 250 miles yesterday, no issues today. Mod your bike till its right.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:50 PM   #10
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What bike are you on? The angle at which your knee is bent is probably something to think about. You could check http://cycle-ergo.com to see the geometry of your seating position.
Yeah, the bike has a lot to do with it- it's a 2003 vfr800 and I have a 34" inseam. I did put on lowering blocks for the pegs, and it helps some (I think). The ergos aren't that bad, but after an hour or so I need to get off and stretch my legs. It's not agonizing, just annoying and I can go a lot further if I have to. Would be nice if there was something a little more effective than Aleve or Tylenol for a preventative measure. I honestly thought just about everyone got this ache.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:12 PM   #11
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Is there anyone here who doesn't experience pain in the knees after a few hours in the saddle? I thought it was universal, but asking the question of "why the pain" in a message board devoted to answering questions of any kind has resulted in mixed responses.
Everybody gets that ache, right?
Nope. No knee pain.

Highway pegs are the salvation. I do 1,000 mile days and my knees feel great if I can extend my legs and move around. Doesn't matter what kind of bike I'm on.

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Old 07-13-2014, 09:26 PM   #12
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Yeah, the bike has a lot to do with it- it's a 2003 vfr800 and I have a 34" inseam. I did put on lowering blocks for the pegs, and it helps some (I think). The ergos aren't that bad, but after an hour or so I need to get off and stretch my legs. It's not agonizing, just annoying and I can go a lot further if I have to. Would be nice if there was something a little more effective than Aleve or Tylenol for a preventative measure. I honestly thought just about everyone got this ache.
I sat on one of the new vfr800s and quickly noticed the cramped position, relative to my strom and the n1k anyway. As much as id love to own a honda, they all seem to be built for shorter people, so I never bothered and wasnt surprised by the ergos on that new vfr800. You can attempt to resolve the issue, but ultimately it might mean u need a different bike.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:25 PM   #13
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Arthritis is a bitch. Knee pain caused me to sell my RS1100 BMW. Got where it was just unridable for me. They've been replaced. Just left Laguna Seca. I can now fit a Ducati Panigale without pain! Gotta tell you, tho. Currently riding a "classic" Multistrada. One of the most comfortable bikes I've ever ridden. Great legroom....
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:38 PM   #14
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Is there anyone here who doesn't experience pain in the knees after a few hours in the saddle? I thought it was universal, but asking the question of "why the pain" in a message board devoted to answering questions of any kind has resulted in mixed responses.
Everybody gets that ache, right?
Do the exercise on the left for a few seconds every day. It won't be comfortable at all initially, but very soon it will.
http://images.teamsugar.com/files/us...7/virasana.jpg
No knee pain ever after.
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:31 PM   #15
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How old is the OP? I'm 53, and a year ago started to develop right knee pain and stiffness after an hour or so on the bike (Honda CB1300). I'd also get pain on weight-bearing with the knee bent, eg rising from a squat or kneel.

It persisted, so after seeing the physiotherapist, GP, orthopedic surgeon and having an MRI scan, I found out I have torn cartileges in both knees (not just the right one).

There's been some improvement since then, so I don't need surgery just yet. I just won't be buying any sportsbikes...

My 2c worth - if you keep suffering knee pain, go see a doc and find out what's going on.
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