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post #1 of 14 Old 05-30-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hello inmates, How are you?
Got a question about riding position, seat and bar adjustments or mods...
I got my first Wee last Jan, with 10.000km on the clock. Now it has 27.000km. I use it as my primary vehicle, ride around town, touring and chasing women. The bike works just fine
However, when I ride long days, usually more than 10-12h a day, I develop a pain right under my neck, between the two shoulder plates and after the pain shows up, there is no way I can get rid of. I'm 5'9. average build. the bike has no mods concerning the seat or the bar. This month I'm starting a several month long trip near 20.000km planned distance and I'm really concerned about this. Please advise! Thank you

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-30-2011, 08:46 AM
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I know the pain you speak of. It really becomes quite annoying and distracting. You need a change of position with the bars (at least that is what I needed). I'd try a set of the GenMar set-back risers and that ought to get things squared around for you.

I applaud your ability to deal with a stock seat for more than an hour!
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-30-2011, 08:51 AM
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Get a throttle lock to start

then you can ride left handed and then stretch
10 or 12 hours is a log time anyway
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set back risers, throttle lock - check!
The only problem is at the moment I live in Macedonia which is faaaar away from any ebay, paypal or fedex. Any idea how to custom make them? There are plenty of skillful mechanics here that are willing to help and contribute with manufacturing the parts. Again - me clueless!
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-30-2011, 10:11 AM
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Contact the good folks over at TwistedThrottle.com ansd see if they can help you out. These items aren't very expensive and they should be able to help you out. You can view these items on their website.

You probably won't get a reply till tomorrow as this is a holiday here in the States.
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Have you tried some simple stretching and position changes while riding? I find that, no matter how I adjust the ergos, (I currently have the stock bars in the stock location and a Suzuki gel seat), if I sit in one position for hours on end I develop various aches and pains. Once I know what will likely start to bother me I simply stretch or reposition that area before it becomes a problem. For me, it's both of my surgically repaired wrists. Once the pain starts, there's very little I can do to alleviate it. My lower back will act up once in a while also so I start stretching and twisting after the first 3 or 4 hours, (this is especially true on long, straight sections that are sometimes a necessary evil). Every twenty minutes, or so, after that I go through a little routine of shaking/flexing each wrist and hand followed by reaching around behind me and grabbing the passenger grab handles one at a time to stretch my back muscles. It takes longer to type it than it does to do it.

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I carry the GenMar risers and will gladly ship to Macedonia. I suffer from the same problem and have found that the 1" up and back risers help. For some people, the problem completely disappears with the use of the risers. For me it was a combination of using the risers and changing my riding position (elbow tucked in closer to body, loose grip, sit up straight in the saddle, head aligned with neck - not bent back, more frequent stops)

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Have you tried some simple stretching and position changes while riding? I find that, no matter how I adjust the ergos, (I currently have the stock bars in the stock location and a Suzuki gel seat), if I sit in one position for hours on end I develop various aches and pains. Once I know what will likely start to bother me I simply stretch or reposition that area before it becomes a problem. For me, it's both of my surgically repaired wrists. Once the pain starts, there's very little I can do to alleviate it. My lower back will act up once in a while also so I start stretching and twisting after the first 3 or 4 hours, (this is especially true on long, straight sections that are sometimes a necessary evil). Every twenty minutes, or so, after that I go through a little routine of shaking/flexing each wrist and hand followed by reaching around behind me and grabbing the passenger grab handles one at a time to stretch my back muscles. It takes longer to type it than it does to do it.
HI DELTA, i do have a similar routine, although mine consists of watching women when I pass trough a village. Yes, stretching legs when its average speed, standing up and down on the pegs when traffic is slow, stop every hour and a half to light up and scratch my balls, etc, etc,

It all comes down to the time you spent on the bike I guess. I was wondering if there is some universal trick that will make me say aaaaahhhhh, and ooooohhhhh, and yeaaaaaaaahhh babbbyyyyy when I install the mod, but I think my body is by now beaten up from the brutality extreme living for the past 37y.

thanks for the post dude
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I carry the GenMar risers and will gladly ship to Macedonia. I suffer from the same problem and have found that the 1" up and back risers help. For some people, the problem completely disappears with the use of the risers. For me it was a combination of using the risers and changing my riding position (elbow tucked in closer to body, loose grip, sit up straight in the saddle, head aligned with neck - not bent back, more frequent stops)

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Garry - you are a rock star! I do have someone to "run errands" in NY, since I lived there for some time up to recently. But thank you thou.

ps. may I request the same for lets say... errr... broken suspension while in Ulaanbatar?
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