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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-03-2000, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a new rider 5'10 150, that finished the MSF course couple months ago and finally bought a 2000 Suzuki GSXR600.

I don't feel any discomfort while riding, but once I get off the bike, I have some pain in my right knee, the left side ( I think MRL). I'm wondering if its my riding stance. My wrist and back and everything else is fine.

I did do some modifications just recently on my riding stance, by moving my body back, so my legs are more in a right angle than angled back, but unfortunately its been thunder storming like crazy and don't have any results from the change.

Some good advice would be nice.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-03-2000, 11:56 AM
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I know just what you mean. My guess would be this. A lot of people when they first start riding (I still catch myself doing this occasionaly) tense up alot. Often staying tensed for LONG periods of time. Then after a while your knee starts to hurt where all the tendons and ligaments attach. Try to pay attention the next time you are riding and see if you catch yourself doing this. I'd say this is most likely what is happening.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 03:10 AM
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Are you using your legs to hug the bike? I know that in MSF, they teach you to squeeze the bike with your legs - like when riding a horse, but you are only suppose to do this when the back end slides out.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 04:35 AM
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i agree with the stmts above. you're liking too tense.

relax, it'll help you ride better too.


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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 12:21 PM
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Before I ride, I stretch out.My hips & legs cramp-up on me . stretching helps A 250 mile hard ride I can't walk into the house. my knees hurts so bad ! 33 feels like I am 80

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 04:00 PM
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I agree with the idea that it is a lot of tension. Also, staying in one position for a long time can cause pain. I try to move around some when I ride, sliding back and forth a bit on the seat and also altering my posture. Then again, I find the bars and position of my ZR750F2 almost perfect...

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 04:39 PM
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I agree with the tension part.

Sometimes it's not even something you notice. Every once in a while I will be out on a ride and feel like me and the bike aren't communicating, when I start thinking about it, I realize my hands and shoulders are very tense and my deathgrip on the clip-ons is fighting the bike's movements in the corners, making the situation even worse, a couple of deep breaths and conscious effort to relax and things get much better.

Also give your body some time to get adjusted to the funny contorted positions that modern sportbikes put us into. I used to get some cramps in my left leg when I first started riding my F4, but the cramps disappeared after a couple of months. Also you may want to work on stomach/back muscle exercizes, these help you keep weight off your wrists and legs.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-05-2000, 03:00 PM
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I think that the Gixxers prefer smaller framed people, like 5'8" and under. With time you will relax and feel comfortable with the bike. Comfort comes with confidence.

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