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post #1 of 11 Old 04-15-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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back pain and risers

Hi,

i've read several threads on riding and back pain. I've looked at the yoda thing.

I make sure i pay attention to my riding position. I try and keep straight and not slouch. I'm 5'11 on the stock set (get seal on order).

my problem is that my back pain is not on my lower back, but mid back.

I'm considering getting riser to pull back a bit, hoping it will solve the problem. but not sure this is the right choice vs changing handlebars.

anyone else with mid back pain solver their problem? how?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-15-2012, 12:59 PM
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For me the pain was mid-back up into the middle of my shoulders in the trapezius area. I solved mine completely with a pair of Rox adjustable risers.

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My '09 had risers on it when I bought it. After a month of riding with them, including several 100-300+ mile days, I took the risers off last night because of the pain in my upper back. Maybe it will help me. My next step will be to go with bars with less pullback. That helped on my DR-Z and KLR. For reference I am 6' with 32" inseam, but I think what works for one person may not be the solution for another.
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Risers solved the knife between shoulder blades problem for me.

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i would try risers first because its less hassle than changing bars. The bars on the strom are a pretty neutral bend and seem to work well for most people.
You might also look at things like how hard you are gripping the bars, it sounds strange but in my experience gripping too hard can cause a lot of tension, stress, and ultimately pain.

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Honestly the best thing you can do...as I I'm doing it to, is muscle strengthening. On my first deployment overseas I did convey duty... You are in and out of vehicles with the weight of your Kevlar, weapons, plus any other accessory. Another deployment went by and I through out my mid and lower back. I'm currently in physical therapy cause of my recent episode I actually tore a muscle. Everyday riding with weak muscles will only inhibit incorrect strengthening of you muscles with no correction. The best thing to do is specific lower and mid back muscle strengthening so that you bodies' core can support your riding style.

This is by no means to insult your body or strength. At 24 years old, I shouldn't have back issues. I'm a military fit guy but, I have a weak back. Though buying goodies to help with temporary pain can alleviate pain, the core of the issue is that your back is weak.

Hope this helps!

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I really tried to get on with the stock bar - rotating it fore/aft. I always somehow ended up with that stabbing in between the shoulder blades pain, like so many others describe. I found that when I gripped the bars with just my fingertips, it seemed to be more comfortable. A more bolt upright position seems to take the strain from the upper/mid back.

I tried an MSR Profile, carbon steel bar in the ATV High bend - got it on Amazon with a gift certificate for about $28. I really didn't feel like spending a bunch, just to test out a theory I wanted to test. It's an inexpensive steel bar, so it won't impress the anodized+oversized crowd! The bar doesn't have as much backsweep as the stocker, but it makes up for it with about 1.5" of additional height, so you can angle it back towards you to the sweet spot. I've always like a lot of backsweep, but surprisingly, I don't miss it at all - the more upright position seems to not require much backsweep for wrist angle comfort. This bar will require you to reroute your control wires/cables a bit, since this bar is pretty much as far as you can go without getting control wiring extenders (eastern beaver stuff) or new hydro hoses for the brakes, as well as dremeling off the control pods handlebar plastic locator pins.

Anyway - I love the new "laid back" riding position. It's actually much more dirt bikey of a riding position and is emminently more comfortable. A side benefit I'd not even considered is that since I'm sitting more upright, my Rick Mayer custom seat is incredibly comfy now - my nutz are no longer crowded between the seat front and my riding gear (I'm not a fattie, but there previously wasn't really a friendly place for "the boys" to kick back and relax while riding!] Now there is, and my back is happy as well.

I think you'll be surprised too how such a small change of angle and height can transform your ride perceptions. I get a laugh when I look down while riding and think "What a ridiculously gigantic dirt bike I'm riding - HA!"


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Rox 2" Risers and Grip Puppies helped my comfort level. I am 5' 8'' and 32 inch inseam.

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I have lower back (discs) and upper back between shoulder blades. I use 2" Rox anti vibes that absorb a lot of shock. Works for me.
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I put GENMAR up and back risers on my DL650. I'm 6'4". Took the kink out of my mid back because i could sit upright.
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