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I developed some nerve issues in my neck last fall that impacted my riding in a negative way. After tests, treatments and a consultation with a surgeon I concluded I was going to have to make some adjustments to the type of bikes I'm riding. I have a Street Scrambler, a 790 Duke and up until a week ago, a Ducati Supersport. I gave up on the Supersport and sold it. I'm hoping I can still ride the two naked bikes but realized if I'm going to continue to take trips and longer rides then I need some wind protection. The choice was easy: back to the 650 Vstrom. I'm picking up a used 2017 next week. Looking forward to being back on one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever owned.
 

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Congrats on what appears to be a very good decision. I have a bad disc at c5/6. Ergonomically, my '14 1000 has always been comfortable for me. Two years ago, I had to change to a lighter helmet as it was bothering my neck. I chose a ktm tk1200, and this helmet lets me ride all day with no issues.
 

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Welcome back. Think about 2" up and back risers which give you an infinite adjustment in that range. Our factory handlebars also have a 'hook-in' at the hand-grips. This puts pressure on the wrists which can travel right up the arms and affect the neck. If after putting risers on and you still have any issues, you might want to consider different bars that do not have that 'hook' and are almost straight like the ATV type bars. If you can get the bars to come to you while sitting straight up with no lean forward or backwards, many of us find that is the optimum position for comfort.

Also, if you don't already, assume the motorcop upright torso positioning(yes, looks like you have a 2x6 strapped to you between shoulders and arse). It looks uncomfortable, but the reality is that form helps strengthen back and neck muscles, reacts better to bumps and jolts of the road and puts you in a more commanding position to use the handlebars at all times.

Any kind of a "shlump" when sitting on a motor is bad for the back and associated muscles as they are not designed to compress when bent one bit. There is a lot of directional activity on our backs when riding, even with a properly tuned suspension. Over the course of a few hours in the wrong position it can and will cause pain/damage. Sitting with the back rigid and straight at first will feel weird/off, but stick with it and it will become second nature.

Sorry for the the info dump....getting off the soapbox now.....:)
 

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Thanks for all that great information. After 52 years of riding and at least that many bikes I'm willing to do whatever it takes to keep me on two wheels. Ironically, it wasn't the Duc that caused my issue to flair up; it was my Tiger. The bars were just too wide and too far forward so I will keep the pivot risers in mind if I have issues. I just remember my 09 Strom being extremely easy to ride; even did a few Iron Butt type runs on it.
 

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Well, it appears I spoke too soon. Turned out to be a technical issue with the sale, so now I'm back to looking for a bike. I'd like a 2017 or newer if anyone knows of one. I'll travel for the right one. Thanks.
 

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Well, it appears I spoke too soon. Turned out to be a technical issue with the sale, so now I'm back to looking for a bike. I'd like a 2017 or newer if anyone knows of one. I'll travel for the right one. Thanks.
Now I can stalk you on 2 forums. Switched from a Strom to Tenere, but still hang out here a bunch.
Not able to make it over for GP racing today.

Scott
 

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Now I can stalk you on 2 forums. Switched from a Strom to Tenere, but still hang out here a bunch.
Not able to make it over for GP racing today.

Scott
Haha! Indeed. If you run across one let me know; my deal fell through. Good day not to watch the race; the connection has been lousy so far today: I keep getting kicked off.
 

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Just put a deposit down on a leftover, black 2018. Be midweek next week before I can pick it up. Photos in the appropriate forum thread once I have it home. Thanks for the welcome and the valuable info.
 
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