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post #1 of 29 Old 11-10-2019, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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My left thigh and knee get tight when riding. I’ve always had a tight IT band on that side. It seems to be worse with boots, than riding in trail runners. Any help? Any tips/ideas?
(Standing while riding helps. This last week, I rode to the hiking trail, hiked, and rode back home. It felt much better. That seems to point towards flexibility...)
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How long does it take to get that way? I had some severe ass cramping on a long trip with the stock seat. Doesn't happen anymore with a better seat.

On long stretches, I've also found that standing up with one foot on a passenger peg and the other on a rider peg allows me to stretch and keeps soreness from setting in. I used that technique very often on a September cross-country trip and was never truly sore, even after riding from Santa Fe to Philadelphia in three days.
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Less than :30 mins? I’m pretty new to motorcycle riding, so I’m prob tense and holding my foot up off the shifter. My right hand seems to get tired quickly too (I assume tension is causing this)
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My solution to the right hand thing was a larger grip(Most heated grips) and the O-ring trick for the throttle.
Standing when in the slower zones or just stopping to stretch keeps my leg happy.

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Less than :30 mins? I’m pretty new to motorcycle riding, so I’m prob tense and holding my foot up off the shifter. My right hand seems to get tired quickly too (I assume tension is causing this)

How tall are you? Long legs? You may benefit from lowering the pegs. AdventureTech has the adapters

Relaxing will help for sure. Ride with the balls of you feet on the pegs and adjust your shift lever so the your boot fits under it without having to point your toe down.

Also just rest your hands on the grips, have a very light grip. That will help the bike not move around in the wind so much too.

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Less than :30 mins? I’m pretty new to motorcycle riding, so I’m prob tense and holding my foot up off the shifter. My right hand seems to get tired quickly too (I assume tension is causing this)
Yeah if you don't have the lowered pegs you want to look into them. There is a device called a crampbuster that goes on the throttle that helps hold the throttle turned partway on a lot easier.

I make my own out of sheet metal. I used to just use the crampbuster for highway riding, but I have gotten used to it and never take it off any more.

You might also look into highway pegs for your leg issues.

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Tensing up will soon cause aches and cramps. Think about adjusting the gear lever a little to where you feel it out of the way until needed.
What boots do you wear? and are they comfortable? Tensing up in full dirt bike boots will cause this.
Most of all, get out and ride while concentrating on relaxing your muscles. Take your left foot off the peg occasionally and put it out and forward to straighten your knee, or stand on the pegs (if it is legal where you live).
And hold the throttle - no need to strangle it.
Nervous is good - muscle tension is bad, but should ease with experience and confidence.

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I’m pretty short-5’7” with 30” inseam. I didn’t figure the AT peg lowering would help a short dude like me. Maybe I need to consider it...
I think I’m gonna get the GO Cruise 2 for the throttle. I’ve been contemplating getting it for those longer straight stretches (and just a quick opportunity to shake the hands out-especially while wearing insulated gloves)
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Not sure what your fitness level is, not judging either. In the past I used to get way more cramps etc. Lost weight, became fitness nut for health reasons. Side benefit was waay more confidence on the bike, ability to maneuver bike aggressively and no more cramps
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.... Iím prob tense and holding my foot up off the shifter...
Try change your foot position after a gear change. Thereafter, move the foot when a gear change / rear braking is necessary. Holding your foot ready for a gear change for extended periods will cause leg / foot strain. Normally a person would ride with the ball of the foot on the pegs, however, there are a few riders that prefer to use a foot to peg position, of between the ball and the heel of the foot. Your weight is on your seat, which allows the your legs the freedom to move as and when required. A different setup is used when standing on the pegs, where you can't move your feet so quickly.
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