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post #1 of 19 Old 10-23-2016, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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What have you done to increase rider comfort? My '09 was much more comfortable than the '12 model. I'm 6', 230# and tried several options but I am never comfortable. Seems like my legs are cramped up and can never get my back to stop hurting. Hate to say it but I'm thinking of switching brands
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What have you done to increase rider comfort? My '09 was much more comfortable than the '12 model. I'm 6', 230# and tried several options but I am never comfortable. Seems like my legs are cramped up and can never get my back to stop hurting. Hate to say it but I'm thinking of switching brands
I'm 6'2" and weigh in the 240 to 250 lb range.

Hard to give advice without guessing about which model your 2012 is. You might want to add your bike model to your signature help us avoid mind reading confusion.

If your 2009 was a DL650 and your 2012 is a 2012 DL650 You might find a peg lowering kit and handlebar risers (inch up and back) help you. They made a world of difference to me when I switched from my 2006 DL650 to my 2012 DL650.

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If your 2009 was a DL650 and your 2012 is a 2012 DL650 You might find a peg lowering kit and handlebar risers (inch up and back) help you. They made a world of difference to me when I switched from my 2006 DL650 to my 2012 DL650.

I was going to say the same thing. I have not ridden a 12 but my K9 I did put the peg lowering kit and the risers, up and back, and it is very comfortable. Your post about switching reminded me of my 02 Triumph Bonneville. Now there is a bike that your knees are bent TOO much. Might have to get rid of it next spring. If you decide to switch bikes, for sure ride what ever it is that you plan on switching to.
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Adventurtech peg lowering kit. Not only more comfortable for most riders but makes the transition to standing much easier as well.

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I am 6´2¨.

I put on the AdventureTech peg lowering kit and 1¨ bar risers before I could ride any distance so I can´t speak much to the improvement they made. I did it purely on the recommendation of the users here. But I can say that the rider comfort from replacing the windshield with a Givi Airflow and Aprilla mirrors can not be overstated. I did 650 miles this weekend, all secondary and canyons, and along with Rick´s fork stabilizers I conquered the Sierra Nevadas and Death Valley just fine. Steady 15 mph winds, rain, gravel, and storm debris just rolled by. I would do all of the above before giving up on the Strom. No regrets here.
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I have a 2011 DL650 and have done lots to make it more comfortable.
Swapped stock seat to a Corbin for all day comfort and swapped out handlebars to Pro Taper ATV bars for increased height and change of sweep. Both these changes make a massive difference to how my back, shoulders and arms feel.
Swapped out mirrors to Kawi mirrors and added Madstad bracket and Cee Baileys screen for much better air flow. Both these changes make a massiv difference in how much wind my helmet is resisting.

I don't know how you ride, but I could not personally lower my pegs - hard cornering and they would touch down too often. In my case I added highway pegs, so I could stretch my feet out often, but then when it's time to play in the nice roads, I can.

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Customized my seat foam so I don't slide forward, which takes load off arms and back, and gets me off my crotch and onto the wider part of the seat. WAY better. Lowered pegs. WAY better. Changed bar to slightly lower and a good bit less sweep. WAY better. I know everybody likes bar-backs/risers and high bars but this set-up is great FOR ME. I'm 6' and 150#.
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I had same issue when I bought the bike so I fitted, Peg lowering kit (SV Racing), generic handle bar risers 25mm $30 (would like to replace with 2inch pivot risers) , tall seat + lambs wool cover and Sit and fly. Much more comfortable. Went on a 8 day ride from Sydney NSW to Quorn South Australia and each day I got off I didn't feel fatigued or uncomfortable.

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Thanks for the advice.
I have changed windscreens (can't remember the make but it works), added new bars and a 1 inch lift, Bead seat for summer and a gel pad for winter. Made some highway bars.
I think the peg lowering is the next purchase, as it seems the angle of the legs changes all of the pressure points.
As it is, my back begins to hurt after about 10-20 miles (less after working all day) so a seat is on order as well. It is a shame we have to do so many mods to a great bike to fit our height
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Thanks for the advice.
I have changed windscreens (can't remember the make but it works), added new bars and a 1 inch lift, Bead seat for summer and a gel pad for winter. Made some highway bars.
I think the peg lowering is the next purchase, as it seems the angle of the legs changes all of the pressure points.
As it is, my back begins to hurt after about 10-20 miles (less after working all day) so a seat is on order as well. It is a shame we have to do so many mods to a great bike to fit our height
That pretty much fits the bill for most motorcycles.
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