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post #1 of 9 Old 05-20-2010, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all...

My g/f and I will be doing a 15 day 2-up tour throughout British Columbia at the end of June, and I think we would both enjoy a little more saddle comfort. We have our butts covered (Alaskan sheep skin with homemade gel/foam inserts), so now it's onto back discomfort.

We are both tall (6'7" and 5'11") and I have read lots of positive things about the use of kidney belts so I think the investment is a wise one for us.

Not many people have said which brands are good and which are not. Aerostich sells the tried-and-true "Gold Belt" that I hear the old school guys talk about. But has anyone tried something different that they liked or didnt like?

Some things floating around are:

Back-A-Line http://www.back-a-line.com/

Specific Street Belts http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...reet-Belt.aspx

the Gold Belt http://www.aerostich.com/gold-belt-kidney-belt.html

or some MX style belts http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ding-Gear.aspx


Any help would be much appreciated.

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I use a kidney belt regularly. It makes all the difference on a ride of any distance.

It looks a lot like the Gold Belt in the pictures but is priced like DYI gear instead of MC specific.

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I use a back support belt that I baught from Walmart for $5.00 usd. It is mostly mesh which makes it lightweight and breathable. It came with suspenders but I removed them. It works great but I would wear it over a t-shirt because it can probably chafe since it is made out of nylon mesh.

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I have been using one for 30 years initially for MX and Enduros then for road. I generally wear one on rides over an hour or so in length. I find they make an appreciable difference to back comfort and perceived warmth (no more cold kidneys) and would recommend one to anybody who rides regularly.

I don't think that there is any major difference in performance between brands I now just use a cheap one that I purchased in a discount department store and it works as well as some of the specialist motorcycle ones I have had in the past.
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I use a Back-a-Line and have been very happy with it... although, every time I take it off, I'm reminded of just how out of shape I am.
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I used a Gold Belt when I rode hare scrambles, they worked great, but any generic belt would do about the same. Make sure it has two layers of velcro so it doesn't slip and you're good to go. Cheers--BB

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I use a back support belt that I baught from Walmart for $5.00 usd.
I've used a back support belt from time to time too. Although mine came from Sears and was a little more expensive.

It made quite a bit of difference in how comfortable I was in cold weather, and forced me into better posture which resulted in a more comfortable ride.

I can't compare to "real" kidney belts.

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Thanks a lot everyone. I really appreciate the feedback from this supportive community we have here.

I think I'll just go with the cheap one for now (saves more money for gas!) and see how it goes.

Thanks again..

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I use a kidney belt regularly. It makes all the difference on a ride of any distance.

It looks a lot like the Gold Belt in the pictures but is priced like DYI gear instead of MC specific.
Whoops.
Forgot to say I bought it at Home Depot. the staff used to wear them.

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