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post #1 of 34 Old 05-26-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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V-Strom yoga or... how to keep (more) comfortable on a long ride

Firstly let me say this: I am not suggesting that you try any of this when riding! I am suggesting that you evaluate your riding environment and do not do anything that could compromise your reaction time in your specific riding situation.

I wanted to start a thread to see how people keep comfortable on their bikes. Sometimes, during a longer ride, a change of body position is a much welcome thing. If you had a 400-500 mile day, you know what I'm taking about.

Here are a few things that I do at times:

1. Stand on the pegs (low speed riding only)

2. Put my feet back on passanger pegs (I find this works well for highway)

3. Lift myself up a bit and sit more "back" on the seat, like the beginning of passanger seat

4. Use my Crampbuster like so:



(Yes I have Acerbis hand guards which have aluminum bent frame on then so I can "hook" the rest of my fingers to the bend; I might do the same for clutch hand too)

5. Put my leg up on Givi crashbar. One leg at the time only. It requires effort to keep there so this is maybe a 15 second thing (quick stretch)



6. Keep holding the throttle with the right hand, but grab the left rear passanger grab bar with my left hand

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post #2 of 34 Old 05-26-2010, 11:51 PM
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Hey it looks like you've got the same black bottom, gray top Olympia combo as me.

I do yoga.

It really helps.

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with one up one back riser i can sit on the passenger seat, stretches legs arm shoulders and it is softer to sit on
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post #5 of 34 Old 05-27-2010, 06:19 AM
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I try and use the passenger foot pegs to stretch out my legs when on the highway. Occasionally I will use my throttle lock, to be able to remove me right hand to flex my fingers and twist my wrist. I will also lean over the tank to stretch out my back, like I'm trying to duck under the windshield.
I'm not much of a long distance rider, so I try and plan my day-rides to have a few interesting stops every couple of hours to stretch and smell the roses.

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1. Rostra Cruise Control - no more cramped wrist and much less fatigue while riding due to not having to concentrate on maintaining a particular speed.

2. Highway pegs - born from my cruiser, they give me the option to rest my feet and legs in a forward position while riding. I thought I'd only use them for a 15-30 second stretch for each leg, but sometimes I keep my feet or legs there for 30 mins.



3. Utopia backrest - allows one to take the strain off the butt and share it with the back, which significantly reduces back and butt cramp when riding. Coupled with highway pegs, this offers a large range of seating positions on the seat in total comfort.

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I have highway pegs on all my bikes. I installed them on the Strom after after my first 400 mile ride, the same day I purchased it.
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Check out this information from rdfrantz on the BMW forum. It relates very well to the Vstrom riding position, although it was addressed to BMW touring bike owners. (my previous bike was R1100RT) http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthread...er=2757&page=1

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I skimmed over the BMW thing, this jumped out:

"USE YOUR THIGH MUSCLES. They are the most powerful in your body. And, they tire less and less quickly. Place your body weight so THEY can be doing the work. Even with bad knees and a bad back, I can ride this lovely performing machine from sunset to long past sunrise. And, many guys can ride longer than I do. Dammit."

Here's where yoga comes in:



How long and deep I can hold this pose directly corresponds to my riding comfort.

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