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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 02:54 PM
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****** I would REALLy like input on a literal difference on a seat. What would you guys vote for? The Seat concepts standard height VS Sargent world sport seat??....
I WAS gonna make the same suggestion that PHX_Joe just made - raise the FRONT of your seat BEFORE you try anything else...! Here's what about $2 will do, for longer bolts, a dozen washers, and a piece of scrap steel you have lying around your shop....







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To be fair, most people who ride 200 mile days will be a little sore the next day. We are all built different, have various levels of strength and flexibility, some of us exercise and some don't. I doubt switching to a different bike you suggested will make a hugh difference. Take a few more breaks on longer rides and try not to grip the bike too hard on the grips. Good luck!
I just rode 100 miles round trip to pick up BBQ and I am only 10 weeks since major low back surgery. 250 miles is a normal Saturday ride, and 400 miles 40 times a year for work is no problem. Of course I exercise to make sure I am in shape for riding.

If 200 miles makes you sore, your are either out of shape, or don't ride enough, or both.

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I have done a 500 mile day before on the V and felt better after it than doing the same trip on the CBR. Since the risers The pain went from an 8 out of 10 down to a 4 out of 10 i would say. I don't know if I am being unrealistic, but I want it down to a 0.

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I've done MANY very long days (up to D2D three times...). I wear a back-support as well as a raised seat, and don't recall ever having pain at the end of the day.


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The only issue I ever had was my left hand/arm going numb. This typically happened to me after a week plus of riding every day (most all of the day) in a row. I'm not so sure it was my 08 Versys that caused it as I did a 5K trip on my 2011 Concours and I had the same thing happen to me. My Concours had Horizon Heli replacement bars that allow my riding position and arm position to be super relaxed. Not sure that this helps... but thought to mention it.
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Well I just ordered a Sargent Seat, and Kaoko Cruise control (not really real cruise). I figure if I can take my right arm off the bars and alternate hands on those super long stretches of nothingness It might help out.

Thanks again everyone for your input!! While I wait for my Sargent I am going to try raising the front of my stocker too.

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So I ended up getting the Sargent world sport seat, MotoWerek 1.5" Risers, and a Kaoko Throttle Lock. Hopefully I can ride in the next few weeks ( cold out right now ). I couldn't find a position I liked with the 2" rox risers. They are up for grabs for cheap if anyone wants.

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So I have had the 2015 Verses 650 LT for 1 Full riding season and am debating letting it go.... sadly....

I have been eyeing up a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000.... so the reach I think is what is killing my shoulder blades.

It sounds like you've identified overreaching as the probable cause of your sore shoulders, but you would want to verify that before buying a new bike. Also, are there perhaps other factors driving your desire toward a new bike, in this case the Ninja 1000? I would suspect there are.

I have a Ninja 650 (2014) in addition to my 2016 Versys 650 LT. I haven't been on a Ninja 1000 but the ergonomics are not too different from a Ninja 650. The one thing I would say is that with the Ninja you would probably solve the reach issue but you might sacrifice some seating comfort due to the forward lean, and the Ninja rear suspension won't be as compliant on rough roads. These factors could result in less comfort, not more.

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