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When I ride my CBR for more than 90 minutes or so, my left shoulder (up and under scapula) develops a sharp, aching pain. My right is ready for more, but left screams. Maybe some of you epic riders have combatted similar problems? Did you find anything that helped?

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- over 6' on cbr 600, reach to bars feels very comfortable
- bicycle racer very used to that sort of position
- don't have death grip on bars and try to consciously move hands around
- no backpack on

Any ideas?

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Hey man,

Something similar to this happens to me on longer rides. My left arm gets this sharp cramp and it pains me to move it. I have found that if I tuck down and pull my arms in and touch the tank it goes away? Maybe its a blood flow issue or maybe your just gettin over that hill! :D j/k




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Are you right-handed?? If so it might just be an issue of your dominant side being able to tolerate the position better. The muscles beneath your scapula work to pull your shoulders and your scapula back and together; if you are leaning forward much you may be using them more than you realize. Plus you are using your upper body more to sling that motorcycle around than you are when on a bicycle.

Keep riding and find yourself a good massage therapist!! :)

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I was thinking it felt like a pulling injury/pain, so I thought of starting some rowing to build strength. Seems reasonable, no?

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Very reasonable, yes. Just don't forget, if you work back and shoulders, also work front (pecs) i.e. push ups/presses to keep everything balanced.
Maybe start stretching well before riding, too.

Best of luck! :)

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I would check the alignment of the handgrips on your bike. Maybe the left one is in just a little more than the right grip, causing the arm to be turned in - which will turn your wrist outward just enough to cause the pain after time. Same with your levers, are they the same height and angle? I had to tilt my brake lever down about a quarter of an inch to get rid of the pain on my right wrist. Check those 2 items out and you just might find the problem.

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I had exactly the same thing happen on an old FJ600 I had, and to a lesser extent on the YZF600. Same time frame, same pain, same everything. Here's what I did:

First I get as close to the tank as I can. Close enough to tell the temperature of the gas with my, well, you know...... I relax my arms, with a slight bend in them, almost to the point of resting my elbows on my knees. Every 5 minutes or when it's convenient, I get out of my "slump" position, and arch my back to stretch it out. It looks a little unnatural when I do so, but it beats the sharp pain at the end of a run.

Ironicaly, when I'm riding, shall we say, "aggresively", I don't seem to have the problem. Only when I'm cruising. Go figure.

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