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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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The reason I think I get so uncomfortable is the fact that all my upper body weight is resting solely on my lower back. Combine this with bars that are in front of me rather than a bit below (like a sportbike), I sit hunched over with my lower back sticking out.

I have a feeling that a sportbike would (even though I would be leaning forward, bent at the waist) straighten my back out and keep it more in line. Also, like others have said, distributing my weight over the seat, bars, and pegs would help alot I think.

The problem is that first few dealers I have checked out don't allow test rides on sportbikes.

Thanks for all the input so far. This is all very helpful.

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I've heard of people getting test rides from dealers and I have yet to find one myself that will let me. Your best bet is to make friends with owners of bikes you are interested in.

I have heard that some places let you test ride used bikes, just not new ones. Again though, I have yet to find a place that does this.

Anyway, good luck! Whatever you get I'm sure you'll love it!

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Wink Re: Time to challenge some "conventional wisdom"

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I'm a gonna haff to call ya on that one (at least AFA Kawasaki/Honda).
Have you considered a 6R/9R? Kawasaki tends to make their sportbikes with real-world ergonomics. The very thing that newbies like to gripe about AFA Kawasakis (too big, etc) might be exactly what you're looking for due to your size?
I knew someone would disagree with that statement! FWIW, my husband hated his 2000 ZX6R, in part due to the riding position. It hurt his back!

I do agree with you, the present design of the Kawasakis are more comfortable than their counterparts, but would you say that they are as comfortable as your Concours?
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VFR VFR VFR

nice combo of comfort and performance. 500-600 miles a day are not a problem.
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Re: Re: Time to challenge some "conventional wisdom"

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I do agree with you, the present design of the Kawasakis are more comfortable than their counterparts, but would you say that they are as comfortable as your Concours?
'Bout the same. Actually, the seating position on the Concours and the 6R aren't that different. I have an '86 Concours which has the original 'low' bars. In '87, they raised the bars an inch or two and moved 'em back a bit. Darn if I don't think the 6R might be more comfy on the highway, as I get more wind across the upper body to take a bit of weight off my arms/wrists. The Concours shield gives enough protection that your wrists can get a bit fatigued with the OEM low bars while droning down the straight stuff. Since I tend to stay off the highways and do most of my travelling/riding on backroads, it's not a problem.

I've sat on a number of bikes (Gold Wings, FJR 1300, etc), and the first thing I don't like is the 'rototiller' feel of the bars on a lot of bikes. Having always had (relatively) 'low' bars, it's what I'm used to.
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VFR VFR VFR

nice combo of comfort and performance. 500-600 miles a day are not a problem.
i don't like the new vfr. not sure when the current style came out, but i don't like it one bit. it's so ugly. i like first round of 800's and i really like the all white year (93?).

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