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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Bike for someone with a back injury?

I've always wanted a bike but I was injured in Iraq. I've asked around about bikes before and just got "you shouldn't ride with a back injury." That answer is really not good enough. I have to at least try, I've given up too much because of this injury already.
I've been looking at Yamaha 600r's but any 250 or mild 600 that wouldn't make me lean backwards or support the weight of my back.
I've only ridden dirt bikes before so I really have no clue. As long as it makes me arch my back forward I'm good.

Thanks for any tips.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 04:32 PM
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Don't invest in anything until you have taken a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. You will find out if it suits you and the investment will not be large. That is the BEST suggestion I can offer.

If that goes well, then you can look at bikes. The idea you can't ride is questionable. Perhaps a full-on race replica won't be appropriate because, frankly, they have highly conductive suspensions. But many sweet bikes exist outside that category.

So I'm with you, don't give up yet. Take the training and then step back and really examine if its something you want to pursue further.

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I don't know your injury, so take this advice with that in mind. I have a back issue too, but ride the CBR250 just fine over 1k miles a month. I can sit up or lean forward as my back requires, it handles very well, and get awesome mileage. If that may be too small the CBR500 is very similar.

I too am hunting for a bike, but I have a bit more training and my goals are a bit beyond the entry level point. I can say that a standard sportbike would kill my back (hence my issue), so I imagine you might suffer a similar issue. That is why I recommend trying the two I listed to see. Even new you would not have too much invested if it didn't work out.

My Sportster 1200R by the way is awesome therapy for a long trip. It doesn't fit the "sportbike" but is quite comfortable and fun too. Just another idea. Also look at older CB750's, they may be old, but still a blast to ride and comfy and cheap too.

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