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post #1 of 27 Old 08-30-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a new 650. I've been riding a cruzer. I did a 50 mi ride today and I am finding this new style of sitting for the ride to be very uncomfortable. Sore neck, aching shoulders, numb butt, tired arms and wrist.

Has anyone else had these troubles and then find comfort after the break in?
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post #2 of 27 Old 08-30-2013, 10:17 PM
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Not me. You may be tensing up because it a new bike? Some people get sore from the seat but I don't. I guess it all depends on body type.

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I recently bought a new 650. I've been riding a cruzer. I did a 50 mi ride today and I am finding this new style of sitting for the ride to be very uncomfortable. Sore neck, aching shoulders, numb butt, tired arms and wrist.

Has anyone else had these troubles and then find comfort after the break in?
I felt the same way after riding my cruiser today. :mrgreen: Want to trade? I have a 2009 Harley Street Bob.
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Wow, i think my 650 Wee is the most comfortable bike ive owned. I have a 2000 Kawasaki W650 im pretty fond of but its a cafe racer, im comfortable on it too but the Suzuki wins the comfort war with me. I was a sport bike guy from the time they came out till a couple of years ago when my old football knees just wouldnt let me fold up on the pegs anymore. Im not wild about the handlebar bend but i can change that. I think you are used to the cruisers riding position, may take you a little time or maybe a Vstrom is just not the bike for you. I hope thats not the case, they are fun bikes.

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If I don't ride for a month, then take off for an all day ride I'll be a bit sore. But if I'm riding more frequently I'm good to go. As soon as you feel better go for another ride, repeat. Maybe after the third or fourth cycle you'll be ready for an all day.
I think there's a good chance you'll adapt, but you might find some things need changing. I HAD to have my seat re-done.

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Uncomfortable Seat

I had been used to riding on a relatively flat seat for many years. It was easy to shift my position by sliding backward for a while and then back up to the front during long rides.

The Vstrom seat holds you in one position and I didn't think it that comfortable at first. It did take me a while to get used to it. Now, on longer rides, I'll wiggle around, stand up or slide back up on the hump every now and then to keep from getting sore.

I've had it for two years now and it doesn't bother me as much, but it definitely took some getting used to.

Although the riding position felt mostly familiar to my previous bike, I do remember my forearms getting uncomfortable and stiff. I eventually got used to that too.

I'd have to say, I am now very comfortable on the bike.

Hang in there and give it some time. I think you'll be happy with the bike.

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I hadn't owned a bike for many years when I bought my 650. I was sore in a lot of areas at first but I got used to it. I do long trips now. I have a cramp buster, throttle lock, sheepskin seat cover, and the foot peg lowering kit. All these things have helped a lot. Others have tried different seats, handlebar risers, etc. I've never ridden a cruiser more than a few miles so I can't compare but they do look more comfortable but I like the riding position of the 650 because I feel in control and I'm willing to sacrifice some comfort for it. By the way, I rode 1600 miles last weekend.

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I'm with the Snake on this. A new bike can take some getting used to. I found the Wee perfect from the first sitting. But coming from a cruiser...Who'da thunk it?

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The two of us on these Stroms went 2200 in 6 days.
Did not have that much trouble the whole time.
Break in your as..... Give it a week or so.
Rode a cruiser for a long time and jacked up my back from doing it.



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Some people complain about the Wee seats, others ride thousand mile days on them and back up for more. I'm better than the former, not as hardy as the latter ... like most people. I've found it gets more comfortable as you think less about riding it and just ride it. Over thinking things and being all tense and rigid makes things ache.

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