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post #1 of 16 Old 05-17-2012, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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2012 DL650 - Pain in the Neck

This new bike is stressing my neck muscles for some reason. I've got one inch bar risers on it, maybe two would help, but I'm not in favor of spending a small fortune to extend the brake lines, and possibly the electrical cables.

Anybody else noticing a diff between the old and the new causing aches and pains?

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It can be harder to relax on an unfamiliar bike. It may be as simple as that. I've found myself tensing up sometimes and relaxed purposefully. That was all it took. Plug both bikes into Motorcycle Ergonomics
The new bike does lean the body 1 more degree forward. Maybe more pullback can help.

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Good link, thanks, Pat.

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now that you mention it.......

I did a 200 mile ride last week and noticed some soreness in my neck. However, it has been awhile since I've ridden, and I had a sore neck after the first day on long trips before on my KLR and FJR. So, I'll just have to see if this continues. No problem though, I love the bike.
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I did a 200 mile ride last week and noticed some soreness in my neck.
It's a damn subtle problem and didn't show up until the first 300 mile ride. The new bike *is* different -- fer instance, I find it extremely easy to scrape pegs without thinking about it. Handling seems a lot more supple.

I ordered a set of Rox risers tonight and will see if I can dial out the neck pain that way.

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Tom,

I didn't have neck issues but did find that the stock ergos put a lot more weight on my wrists than my old bike did when stock; although the "high seat" may have contributed to that as well. I put some up and back risers and that cured it for me.

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Same here, base of the neck and sometimes between the shoulder blades, I had risers on my Vee, has someone figured out the max for the new Wee? Cheers--BB

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Tom,

I didn't have neck issues but did find that the stock ergos put a lot more weight on my wrists than my old bike did when stock; although the "high seat" may have contributed to that as well. I put some up and back risers and that cured it for me.

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Same here, one inch risers cured all for me.

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Tom,

I didn't have neck issues but did find that the stock ergos put a lot more weight on my wrists than my old bike did when stock; although the "high seat" may have contributed to that as well. I put some up and back risers and that cured it for me.

..Tom
Please tell where you bought the risers. I don't need up, but I do need back about an inch. With my height (5'9") and inseam (30"), I need 1 inch back for 0 degree angle, according to the link Pat provided. I have the neck and shoulder pain, also.
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I haven't seen risers unless they are up and back, or just up. Never saw just back, but Genmar or Rox may work for you.

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