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post #1 of 14 Old 10-11-2008, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Ergonomic Mods

Well, since I am not getting any younger and I want to be able ride me Wee as far as possible with minimal pain, I did 3 mods to my bike this week. All of them at once, so I will never know how each mod works on it's own. I added 2" Rox Risers and a Dan Vesel backrest and forward foot pegs.

Will do a short test run this weekend and a bit longer ride the following weekend and post the difference from stock. So far I can see the Rox Risers will really help a lot, and they better, as I am blown away how much trouble they gave me putting them on (and I do not have the ABS model).

It's hard to tell from my messy garage as a backdrop, but below is a photo with everything installed. Thanks to Dan Vesel for selling these kind of items. Any little bit helps when you are 30 minutes from a rest stop and pain and soreness start setting in.

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I'd really be curious as to how the back rest helps personally. Looking forward to your report. how much did the back rest cost?

The footrest's look promising as well. Again, interested in the report. Andy potentially cost and parts list, etc.

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I'd really be curious as to how the back rest helps personally. Looking forward to your report. how much did the back rest cost?

The footrest's look promising as well. Again, interested in the report. Andy potentially cost and parts list, etc.

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My first reaction is "How does he get on / off that thing?" I have enough problems getting my leg over without scratching the Top case with my boot.

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My first reaction is "How does he get on / off that thing?" I have enough problems getting my leg over without scratching the Top case with my boot.
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Well, after a two hour ride I can say the Rox Risers did their job. I was waiting until I felt soreness in my back to put the backrest on and the pain never came. I never used the forward foot pegs either. The Rox Risers really made a big difference for me.

As mentioned earlier, I will be doing a longer ride this weekend (about 6 hours). I plan on installing the back rest about half way into the ride. So I will report back on that.

To answer the question about getting on and off. Yes, it is a little tricky. I am working on that so I don't embarrass myself at gas stations, etc. It is not as bad as you would think though. My feeling is that I won't be using it most of the time. It fits in my top mount trunk very nicely, and removes very easily, so it will be there when I go on longer rides and pain starts to set in.
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Ok, completed a ride yesterday with around 8 hours in the saddle. Around 300 miles, some of those on dirt, so that's why it took 8 hours. Some of it on very tough sand and ended up walking the bike for over an hour in first gear.

Here is my assessment of the ergonomic farkles I added.

Backrest:
I think it helped to an extent, but after 4 hours, I was sore. The last two hours was painful. I do not blame the back rest for this. I get pretty sore in a car or airplane on long trips as well. Again, I am glad I have it, but I think it will stay in my trunk until hour two, or when I feel the soreness coming on. Maybe that aproach will work better for me.

Bar Risers:
I think these mad a huge difference. Again, I think they can only do so much, but they difinitely kept me upright and tight against the back rest.

Forward Pegs:
I did not use these much. Once the pain kicked in, they did not help much. I think these work best on shorter rides and require a little thinking, to remind yourself to stretch from time to time. Again, they will stay on as anything to help. There were periods I switched peg positions and got some relief to the next rest stop.

The bottom line is I don't think I am cut out for riding more than 4 - 5 hours a day. To me riding should be fun. After the fourth hour, it is hard to have fun with pain. I am good with that, as I have plenty of places to ride nearby within a 4 hour radius. I honestly don't think I could find a much more comfortable bike, so maybe down the road I will take a look at replacing the seat, but for now stick with what I have. Overall, the fun out weighed the pain.
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I read this post and can't help but wonder what shape you're in. I don't mean any offence by it but I'm an out of shape 50 year old and I did a few 11 hour days this summer. I was tired but not in pain at the end of the day. Tell us about your physical makeup.

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No offense taken.

I am 45 and in fairly good shape. Work out 4 -6 days a week (half cardio/half light weight training). However, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis in my early 20's. No big deal, as I guess many people have it to a certain degree. The bummer is I have always needed very adjustable chairs at work, as well as car seats. I sit at a desk all day (as many people do), so I pay close attention to ergonomics with whatever I do. It's to make up for my poor posture. I have to remind myself to stand completley staight up and not hunch over. Even at my peak physical condition in my 20's, I have always had to deal with it to an extent. I changed jobs a few years ago to get out of traveling a lot. Coast to Coast flights were murder and first class was rarely an option. We all know how flying coach is for any distance - miserable.

Too your point though, I only just crossed the 1,000 mile mark on my 2006 Wee. I have noticed each ride it gets a little better, so I am going to see if consistent riding (at least once a week for a few hours) might even help me more. I should be in the 10,000 range by now, but I did buy only my bike about 6 months ago.

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All ailments and age put aside........there is allot of truth in getting your body into riding condition/shape. I would imagine it is kinda like riding horses, the more frequent you do it....the better it gets. Cycling and running is also similar in my opinion.

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