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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Sport Bikes and your Back/Neck

I realize that these bikes arenot as comfy to drive as a goldwing or harley but is it just me or do yall find ya got a bad neck or back with just a halfhour of driving. I got a 04, CBR600 and between my shoulder blades kills after a short ride, i find myself having to stretch my neck by trying to touch my chin off my chest type stretches to loosen it up. Is it just me or what?

What i would like is some others stories about long rides or how you body reacts to a ride on these sport bikes. thanks.
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It's a conditioning thing, IMO. The cruiser style bikes I've ridden on were uncomfortable as hell as they put 100% of your weight right on your butt. With sportbikes it is a combination of you butt, legs, and some arms too (though not much as a light touch on the bars is all that is required). I'd take a long ride on a sportbike anyday over a ass-numbing cruiser. I used to spend about 4 hours a day on mine commuting with no problems, save for a few days at the beginning of riding season as my body got used to it again.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 07:08 AM
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Some people can do it some people can't. To me its the same riding position on my R6 as a mountain bike.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 09:02 AM
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Just as the others say it is you getting the feel of how to handle the bike & the sportbikes allows you to evenly distribute your weight. So make use of those powerful leg muscles instead of trying to glue your butt to the saddle.

I ride a Honda 929 & 954 which most consider to be simply the worst saddles ever, but prefer a hard saddle over the soft saddle of my Yamaha YZF600r.

Mind you IF you are amongst traffic & the clips-ons at that low that your are straining you neck to keep your eyes on traffic THEN you are in trouble. The very reason I sold my '91 GSXR-750 in '00 for the Honda 929 & previously already had the Yamaha TZR-600, in '97.

You will find that I work out in the gym for more then one reason, still if I can ride the above bikes at 74+ yrs of age I am sure you can.

Now a cage just about kills my left hip & part if my back for I am suffering from a fractured hip in '89 & said rod & screws are pain 7/24 tack on to badly damaged knees & one bunged up left ankle. Plus my back has been damaged three times, YET when on a sportbike I am in no pain & can ride 5 to 8 hrs continually bar fuel stops, times to stretch out & a break for a cuppa along half way. I do this sort of ridng basically 2 or 3 times a week when conditions are favourable to riding & no I would NOT be comfortable on a Honda Goldwing or any form of touring bike or cruiser as my weight would be on my spine flairing up that damaged hip & the problems to my back.

I spotted the lean forward form of riding in '48 when we were modifying street bikes to road racers & from '49 & on have transferred said riding style to my steet bikes, later on to be called Cafe Racers, only now it is installed in sportbikes.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-22-2005, 07:08 AM
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If you're relatively new to bikes, here are a couple of other things to try. First, avoid gripping the handlebars too tight. Much of what you are experiencing might be tension. Grip them like you would a sponge that you don't want to squeeze the water out of, or an egg you don't want to break. This should relax your shoulders. As you relax you'll actually start to feel the bike respond better as well. Second, make sure you are not riding with your arms locked. Keep them bent as much as possible, which again will relieve stress. Third, try to build up our hours on the bike. The more you ride the more comfortable you will be. It becomes instictive after a while, and you'll find you can ride for hours. Last, and this will sound strange, try riding with earplugs in. Not having the noise of the bike rattling around your head actually makes a huge difference on long rides.

I had an CBR F3 and was fine for long rides on it.

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This sport definitely isn't for sissies. Smitty, in his advanced age and profound experience is who I aspire to emulate. This sport is not unlike any other. It is going to take a while for you and your body to adapt to the new stresses and strains that this sport places on your body. My advice is to suck it up and ride. Before you know it you'll find that the aches and pains will quickly be replaced by crazy tales of what you did, saw or barely recovered from.
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When riding my motorcycle I try to remember what I learned from years of riding road and mountain bicycles.
I try to make my neck, shoulders and arms an upside down 'U' shape instead of 'M' shape.
The M is with your neck drooping lower than your shoulders.
I also try to keep my elbows slightly bent and tucked in instead of sticking slightly out (keeping hands, wrists, elbows, & shoulder ball socket in the same line or plane).
I find when I get tired I fall in the M position easier.
It takes some time (training) to build up muscles to hold that position and some thought to remember to keep your form.
Hope this helps.
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dude my back is screwed up and the sportbike is the only bike I like to ride on the road. a cruiser is rough on the back sitting upright and legs out in front of me is brutal. just takes time to learn to ride confortably, dont do the death grip for one!
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I have a messed up bike thanks to a prior employer. I cant sit, stand, lay down for a long period of time due to back pain.... but I can ride without any problems . Dr said if don't hurt, do it!

I rode a cruiser once, Harley to be exact. I could not do it again, make that would not do that again. I'll stick to my VFR. Some of it is conditioning. When I first got the VFR, my arms were a bit sore, but over time I was able to ride longer. Now I can ride for hours on end with no problems, might stop to stretch once in a while, but other then that, it's great.

If you are looking for a bike, make sure you test ride it first, if the riding position is to extreme (leaning forward too much etc.), don't do it!

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I can only echo what everyone has said so far.

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