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post #1 of 29 Old 05-30-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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I picked up my 650 two weeks ago and have been riding everyday, I really took my time deciding to find the best bike and reading all the reviews etc the Strom seemed to be the best all round ride? I have been riding everyday to work 65k each way and just getting used to the gearing and throwing it around the corners but now can hardly move so thinking of trading for a comfortable cruiser? anyone else had the same problems? thanks.
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Where do you hurt? Maybe you are being too aggressive. A cruiser may force you to take corners slower as the lean angle available is more limited. If the problem is buffeting or the seat, there are fixes for that.

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Thanks for the fast help? I should mention that I really took my time buying and sat on nearly everybike out there and bought a Strom because of all the good feedback from the forums etc. I am an old guy that has just got back into riding after 30 years, The bike is also stock. I have terrrible buffeting also. I have been reading about the mods and guess I should get a larger screen and a softer seat but do not want to do all that and waste money if I am too old to ride? I should also mention that my wrist and hands go a bit numb also.
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If the problem is arthritis, there isn't a lot you can do with bike modifications. You may want to take to a doctor. I'm 65 years old myself. You can see where you fit in the age spread of people here at https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=1704
There are many factors involved, motivation, health, money and time for modifications etc.. Some people have an exercise program just so they can keep riding while others will stop riding because it isn't fun any more. It's ultimately you decision but help is here if you want to try things. Keep squeezing the handlebars too hard and you can feel bad all over your upper body for example.

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I would say give is some more time. When you get to be an old guy it takes longer to get everything in shape for a specific bike....Especially after you have been off bikes alltogether for a while.

When I got off a cruiser and onto an ST (slightly forward position similar to the STrom) it took a couple of months for my 24 pack abs to get used to carrying part of the load. Once trained to it, though, it is really the way to go...

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I don't need analgesics to ride very often but I take something before I do major work on the bike and for a couple of days afterward. There are times when my knees or left hand and wrist act up. As I write this, I'm using the bionic wolf avatar and I do have enough metal in my left hand and wrist to set off airport detectors.

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I picked up my 650 two weeks ago and have been riding everyday, I really took my time deciding to find the best bike and reading all the reviews etc the Strom seemed to be the best all round ride? I have been riding everyday to work 65k each way and just getting used to the gearing and throwing it around the corners but now can hardly move so thinking of trading for a comfortable cruiser? anyone else had the same problems? thanks.

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Thanks for the fast help? I should mention that I really took my time buying and sat on nearly everybike out there and bought a Strom because of all the good feedback from the forums etc. I am an old guy that has just got back into riding after 30 years, The bike is also stock. I have terrrible buffeting also. I have been reading about the mods and guess I should get a larger screen and a softer seat but do not want to do all that and waste money if I am too old to ride? I should also mention that my wrist and hands go a bit numb also.
sounds to me like you need to loosen up and relax a bit, I think your hangin on too tight

would a cruiser be more comfortable, for short rides maybe, over the long haul, the V-strom is better ergonomicly, you feet are underneath you, you sit slightly canted forward, some of your body weight is supported by your arms
on the cruiser, your feet are forward, they support no body weight, you sit upright, and do not transfer weight to your arms either, your spine takes 100% of weight and bumps

a few minutes of exercises, crunches, half sits, stretches, etc will help as well

you can't go wrong with a Madstad bracket for your windscreen, you may or may not want a larger windscreen, I use the stock winscreen in the summer and have a larger one for winter



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I picked up my 650 two weeks ago and have been riding everyday, I really took my time deciding to find the best bike and reading all the reviews etc the Strom seemed to be the best all round ride? I have been riding everyday to work 65k each way and just getting used to the gearing and throwing it around the corners but now can hardly move so thinking of trading for a comfortable cruiser? anyone else had the same problems? thanks.
I had a 25 year riding gap before picking up a Vee in April this year for my 120mi/day commute. I'm 52, carrying a bit more weight than I would like. I do make a habit of stretching my back everyday, run 4-5 days a week and mountain bike at least once a week. Still some days I feel stiff, but overall I'm fine with the bike. I think the morning yoga stretch is the key for me..
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Thanks for the fast help? I should mention that I really took my time buying and sat on nearly everybike out there and bought a Strom because of all the good feedback from the forums etc. I am an old guy that has just got back into riding after 30 years, The bike is also stock. I have terrrible buffeting also. I have been reading about the mods and guess I should get a larger screen and a softer seat but do not want to do all that and waste money if I am too old to ride? I should also mention that my wrist and hands go a bit numb also.
Wrist and hand issues can be fixed with bar risers/barbacks. Buffeting fixed with screens, brackets, laminar lips, etc. Lots of seat options. One will fit your butt.

At 60, I take a lot of ibuprofin when the other aches and pains get bad.

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If you're new to riding after so many years, expect and count on your body being waaay too tense for a while too. Happened to me, took me several thousand miles before I really got to relax in the saddle. You have to really tell yourself to relax your muscles, back, arms, even your hands.

Next time you ride, very consciously work on relaxing and not gripping hard or stiffening up. Do it, and see if you notice a difference when you get off the bike.

I'd bet the majority of your issue is just that.

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