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post #1 of 11 Old 10-07-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Sore arms

The outer muscles in my arms between my elbows and shoulders are extremely sore. It's painful to lift my arms outward and up or do any work in that direction. Using them forward isn't a problem. This started a few months ago and won't completely go away. I'm almost positive it's from riding because it's the same in both arms and when I go for a long ride the soreness is worse the next day. I don't tense up when I ride. Anyone else experience this?
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-07-2013, 09:52 PM
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I've occasionally felt soreness in my arms a bit. Not always, but usually if I haven't been riding that much. I've attributed it to the angle of the bars.

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I did when I was riding with stock handlebars. I decided what was causing the soreness was the angle the ends of the handlebars were at. They were putting my wrists and arms at an odd angle. For me the cure was putting MSR ATV-HI bars on. This gives me a wider and shallower grip angle. It also allows me to easily stand when riding the bike and have good body position.

You need to look at your hand/arm position when riding. There are many, many handlebar bends available. Figure out where your hands should fall naturally and buy a set of handlebars that will give you what you need. Also pay attention to the height you think you will be most comfortable, this is the handlebar rise.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-07-2013, 11:51 PM
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I had a pain in the shoulders until I got the bars set just do on one bike. Ergo's make a differmence. Adjust stuff until it's right. Good luck with that.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-08-2013, 12:18 AM
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I'm almost positive it's from riding...
Not to be alarmist, but speaking from personal experience, if you're middle-age or beyond, I'd sure get it checked. Very well may not have anything at all to do with riding.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-08-2013, 09:07 AM
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try adjusting your bars. a little can make a big difference. and when you ride be sure your arms are relaxed towards your body, when most condtions permit.

also, if you don't already, do pushups either on the floor or full body weight against a wall.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-08-2013, 11:33 AM
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Pictures of you riding would be a big help.

There are many things you can try before you buy new bars--
--Loosen the handlebar clamps and rotate the bars up or down a few degrees. Adjust your mirrors and ride. Carry the tools with you; sometimes the position that feel good in the driveway is just wrong on the road.
--Drop your elbows down. Let gravity pull them way down. Relax your face & neck. Relax your shoulders and let them drop. Relax your back as you sit straight with a normal concave curve in your lower back. Relax your hands & wrists. Relax arms and let them drop. Now, check everything and re-relax step by step.
--Consider handlebar risers, either up or up & back. You can take the bars loose and jury-rig them into the new position while you sit on the bike and see how it feels.
--Try a change in your seating position...jury-rig your spot forward or up or down. If you find a better spot, try carving away some of the seat foam or look for a local upholstery shop that is good at shaping the seat. Or buy an aftermarket seat.

Stop riding and let your arms heal. Return to riding when the pain is gone. Some of these things take a long time to heal, and we need to be very patient. Take the anti-inflammatory that works for you--ibuprofen or naproxen--to reduce the inflammation and allow the healing. Acetaminophen together with the others may help with the pain but not any inflammation.

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Thanks for all the advice. I'll definitely try the recommendations.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-08-2013, 04:06 PM
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I had a similar problem on my DL 650...I installed Rox risers, 1" up and 1" back. The problem went away....It's a pretty cheap fix. Good luck...............TD

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I had the same issues. So I adjusted the bar angle and installed a set of Genmar 1" up and 1" back risers. Added some longer aftermarket brake and clutch lines and much better

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