Riding Positions - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
JStar'02's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: East San Francisco Bay, CA
Posts: 166
Riding Positions

So, I noticed over the summer that when I go on longer rides, somewhere around 100 miles my back starts to hurt. I think it is my riding posture. I am fairly short, only 5'5", and I have to lean forward a little bit to reach the handlebars if I want to have a little slack in my arms and not be stretched out and uncomfortable.

So, for you experienced riders, what are some tips and tricks you have learned for staying comfortable on long rides? What does the best posture look like? Are after market seats worth investing in? Are floorboards counter productive to comfortable riding? What are the best modifications to make to ride comfortable?

I know that's a lot of questions, but this ways it's more of a broad topic and not focused on one thing. Help us less experienced riders be more comfortable on the road

'02 V Star 1100 Silverado - "Chloe"
Maxair Flamewires replacement power cables
Maxair Idle Mixture Screws
Cobra Slash Cut Slip-on Pipes
Pro-One Pullback Risers with Tachometer
Custom Clock
Custom Passing Lamps
Custom World Driver's Backrest
Yamaha/Corbin Studded seat with concho
Cobra Passenger Floorboards
Kuryakyn Hypercharger
JStar'02 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 06:43 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Western Maryland
Posts: 292
I swapped out my handlebars. In fact, I've changed the handlebars on just about ever motorcycle I've had. Most back, shoulder, arm and neck pain from riding is caused by reaching too far for your bars.
CanadianMohawk likes this.
t84a is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 07:13 PM
Senior Member
 
la madrugada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ixtapaluca, Mexico
Posts: 570
t84a said it well. Swap out the bars or put on some pull backs so the bars are closer to you. It will ease the pain.
You want to ride so that forearms are level to the ground. So, you might move the bars up or down to fix that part.
Aftermarket seats do help but I would look at just one thing at a time.
Riding long distances takes time to get used to. You are teaching your body a whole new way of being. Take your time and relax, too.
Keep the rubber side down and enjoy your new experiences.
CanadianMohawk likes this.

My feet on the pegs and lots of time to go where the road leads.
la madrugada is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 07:24 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Western Maryland
Posts: 292
Here's an option as well. I wasn't familiar with the Silverado. It looks like they came with some big bars. I'd probably go with these. You may have to replace or reroute cables and lines though.

http://www.amazon.com/Rox-Speed-FX-Pivoting-Handlebar/dp/B005UGHXUOhttp://www.amazon.com/Rox-Speed-FX-Pivoting-Handlebar/dp/B005UGHX6I
t84a is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 08:08 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 882
Quote:
Originally Posted by JStar'02 View Post

So, for you experienced riders, what are some tips and tricks you have learned for staying comfortable on long rides? What does the best posture look like? Are after market seats worth investing in? Are floorboards counter productive to comfortable riding? What are the best modifications to make to ride comfortable?
There is no 'best' position. You sit in the greatest chair of all time and, sooner or later, it's gonna get uncomfortable.

My suggestion is, on long rides, move. Over a 300-500 mile day, I'll be all over the place. Forward, back, left ass cheek, right ass cheek, legs splayed, one at a time, both, both in, toes out, up, sit kinda perpendicular. I rode 100 miles in Texas on a rented FLHTCU sitting on the back seat. I'd do it on my Strat but, I have a back rest.

Highway pegs are a must. A good seat is a must. Cruise control is great but, not a must. You're really not a 'true' rider until you're sure your right hand is DONE and then do another 200 miles. And not even notice it. Same goes for your ass, legs, back, neck. Call it Zen, call it warming up, whatever you like. Long rides on good roads, becoming lost, absorbed in the ride, man...
Larry Gude is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 08:30 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Western Maryland
Posts: 292
Hi Larry, your old neighbor here. Ken

I also bought an Ultimate seat with the backrest. It helped me a lot. Sorry Larry, cramp buster for me. I imagine floorboards would help. Honestly, I'm the furthest thing from a distance rider expert.
t84a is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 08:19 AM
Member
 
NordicMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 69
My current bike is a '09 Raider, before that I had a '99 Virago 1100.

On both bikes I found the comfort level could be improved quite a bit by just rotating the existing stock handlebars downwards, it brought the reach a bit closer & the grips were a bit lower too. Be sure to try that out BEFORE replacing the handlebars with aftermarket ones. Just loosen the pivot-point bolts & rotate the bar.

If you have success & comfort improves, you will also need to rotate the clutch/brake lever position to work with the new bar placement. And of course adjust the mirrors too.

This is a "free fix" & worth trying. It's quite a nuisance to replace the bars so avoid that if possible.
CanadianMohawk likes this.
NordicMan is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 10:52 AM
Senior Member
 
heretolearn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Huntsville AL.
Posts: 121
Wink

Please be sure to cover your tank with some thing to protect it from the bars hitting it.
Better safe than sorry!!!
heretolearn is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 12:16 PM
Senior Member
 
M'Lady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 794
My last bike I did 24,000miles in 4 major trips (and some commuting) and I am here to say that if you ride a LOT your body gets used to the pain and you don't notice it any more... that being said, it helps to change your riding position a lot and take breaks to stretch every 100miles or so. (I find it difficult to ride in groups now because they want to stop waaaaayyyyyy to often for me )

'06 VStar 1100 Classic - black with ghost flames!
Cobra sissy bar and luggage rack
National Cycle windshield
National Cycle quick release hardbags
Lindby engine guard
Driving lights mounted to engine guard

More to come when I save enough cash!
M'Lady is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 02:48 PM
Member
 
Wolf Creek Willie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wolf Creek, Utah
Posts: 35
Highway pegs mounted on those engine guards, drivers back rest, pull back risers, cruise control is a must. You have to drop that right arm every once in a while. You can make a cruise control for a couple of bucks with a piece of vacuum hose and a zip tie. Last but not least, some good tunes. Works for me. I'm a short, stocky guy too. I can run my roadie bone dry before I need to stop and rest. Ride at your own pace and enjoy the ride whats the hurry stop every fifty miles if you have to.
Wolf Creek Willie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome