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post #1 of 12 Old 08-13-2013, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Back Pain with the Wife

Ok, I know this has been discussed to death on this forum but here's my issue. When I ride alone, rear shock on the second notch from the bottom, my back doesn't really bother me all that much. When my wife rides with me, rear shock on the 4th notch from the bottom adjusted, back pain comes on regularly. Middle of the back to the left of the spine muscles. After reading here all about bar risers I took the plunge and bought the Rox Elite block risers with the up/back configuration. Went for a small solo ride and felt a little in my back, uh oh. Anyway, went for a ride with the wife yesterday and I still feel it today. That burning sensation in my back came on quicker and lasted longer with the risers in place. In fact, I still feel it today, first time I've ever felt it the next day. WTF?, I'm thinking at this point.

I'm 6 ft, 165 lbs with a 32 inch inseam and can't seem to figure out why this should be, with the risers in place. It also behooves me why, with the stock bar position, I don't feel back pain much but after the wife gets on I feel it.

Obviously the risers didn't work and will probably be in the for sale forum soon after only having them on for a couple rides. Question is does anyone else experience back pain after their wife, or someone else, gets on with you? Just weird but it happens.

I still have the stock seat as getting a new one is a much more expensive option to "try out" but I don't necessarily believe that is my back pain problem.

Anyone have the same type of issue in the past with my build? Any other ideas as to what would work (without spending $500-$1000 I don't have)?

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Your probably trying to hold up off of her and causing a stiff back, lean back on her a little and max out the preload when she's with you.

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I'm about your build, 6' and 170 to 175. And I experience exactly the opposite. My wife wont ride, but when I have my gear bag on the rear seat and have just even the slightest bit of a backrest the spot between my shoulder blades just to the right of my spine doesn't burn. When there is no bag then the spot will cramp and burn with in 15 minutes.
My back does this on any bike I've been on in the last 10 years. For me it makes no difference how I set or grip the bars, I need a back rest. So on long trips it's fine, it's the day rides that are a problem. By taking naproxen or ibuprofen, it helps the most.
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Maybe with your wife on back the rear of the bike drops a little lower which has the effect of putting you in a slightly more upright seated position (just like the risers do) so that your weight is shifted more towards being supported by your lower back and less weight being supported by your arms/wrists.

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My wife causes pain a little anatomically lower than yours


Tension and or she is loading you during speed changes, tell her to sit straight and don't help
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Post pics of you riding solo and riding with a pax. It is something about how you sit or muscle tension or something, not the shock setting. Are you slumping when you sit...is your spine in a convex curve and sitting back on your tailbone...or are you upright with your lower spine in a natural slight concave curve and the upper spine straight?

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I would not sell the risers until you sort this out. Bar, peg and seat position all need to work together and the risers could still be part of the combination.
It sounds like from what you describe that it could be a tension thing. I've gotten a similar type of pain on the right (throttle) side from simply holding too much tension on the grip. Pay attention to that when you ride next time and see if that is a possibility.
With the shock set as it is are you getting a lot of jarring? More than you would riding solo? That could be part of it if so.
As one poster said, it could be as simple as you trying to hold up off of her, it doesn't take much to tweak a back.
The stock seat is almost as much a miserable piece of foam as ever was (although come to think of it, the SV1000, DR650 and DRZ400 were worse, Suzuki must have a specialist in designing poor seats), I don't think a new seat is going to resolve this particular problem but it would be nice to have.

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It could be the added responsibility is making you tense up.
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When my wife rides with me I sit up more straight and tend to lock up my elbows. This is a reflex from times when she has slid forward in emergency braking. I also hunch a bit so her helmet doesn't bounce of the back of my head. I ride like I have a giant metal rod ziptied to my spine.

Solo I'm an animated rider. I like to over exaggerate my riding position in corners, I half cheek the seat from side to side in the twisties.

Solo is like I'm playing twister
Two up like I'm standing lock kneed at attention.

That is where my two up aches come from.


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