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Oh my aching shoulders

Just got back from a 3000 km ride from Calgary to Victoria and back. The Versys ran flawlessly the whole way. Checked the oil level and tire pressures once in a while but they never needed anything.

Nothing to do with the Versys, but the only down side was a nagging back ache between my shoulder blades. This would start up 2 or 3 hours into the days rides. I tried twisting and turning to try and stretch it while I rode as well a different riding positions but nothing seemed to help.

Has anyone else had this? I have a feeling that it is my out-of-shape 62 year old body that needs a tune up...can anyone suggest some strengthening exercises and/or stretches.

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Just got back from a 3000 km ride from Calgary to Victoria and back. The Versys ran flawlessly the whole way. Checked the oil level and tire pressures once in a while but they never needed anything.

Nothing to do with the Versys, but the only down side was a nagging back ache between my shoulder blades. This would start up 2 or 3 hours into the days rides. I tried twisting and turning to try and stretch it while I rode as well a different riding positions but nothing seemed to help.

Has anyone else had this? I have a feeling that it is my out-of-shape 62 year old body that needs a tune up...can anyone suggest some strengthening exercises and/or stretches.

Thanks
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This happened to me when I fitted the SC Seat which raised me about 1" higher in the seat. Agony.

I refitted the OEM seat and an SW Motech 1" riser and am now very happy, even did a 300klm trip in comfort where a previous 150klm trip killed me.

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Handle bar risers might help.
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Core exercises will help support your spine and reduce back pain. Swimming is good as well.

Back extensions can help relieve the pain - use your arms for support as you extend then fully relax when you lay down before extending again. x10 a few times a day
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Handlebar risers helped me.Started with the SW-Motech Risers then changed to motowerk anti-vibe risers...http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Versys_c2.htm

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One thing I’ve found very helpful to fight off aches and pains in the back and shoulders while riding LD is a soft material back brace or support belt. I’m currently using Alpinestars Touring Kidney Belt, which has back support and a great comfort pad in the back (great in cold too!). What it does for me is help maintain a good riding posture over long periods, lack of which I think is the biggest contributing factor to the aches.

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One thing Iíve found very helpful to fight off aches and pains in the back and shoulders while riding LD is a soft material back brace or support belt. Iím currently using Alpinestars Touring Kidney Belt, which has back support and a great comfort pad in the back (great in cold too!). What it does for me is help maintain a good riding posture over long periods, lack of which I think is the biggest contributing factor to the aches.

For longer trips i never leave home with out this.....http://www.koolbak.com/MotorcycleBelt/Kidney_Belt.html

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I always had the same problem but bar risers solved it for me.

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Bar riser. I did 3", and am very happy. And my bike definitely feels more dirt bikey.

This is very common to daylong computer clickers. I call 'em the "computer neck geek muscles".

Rowing, and stretching your shoulder blades up and back while pulling your elbows together behind you can help.

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5600+ miles for me this summer over 19 days (17 days of riding) - no problems. Stock seat with Airhawk, stock bars.

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Thank for all the comments. I never would have thought of bar risers but it definately would be worth a try. Those Speedy's anit-vibration bar rise look good...I think I will order some. Also the kidney belt...been meaning to get one of those.

For exercise, what exactly do you mean by back extensions? I have one of those roman benchs (I think they are called)...a 45ļ bench that you hook your legs on and lower and raise your upper body...is that what you mean?
I have it but have not used it for awhile.

BTW, For riding position I tend to keep my back straight and bend forward from the hips with my arms at a 90ļ angle. This seems to be best for my lower back which can also be touchy.

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