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how do you handle back pain in long distance trips?

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since I'm still getting ready for Europe tour in JUly, I wanted to benefit from your experiences to see how did you manage the back pain/fatigue due to long distance sitting position?

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I have heard back belts really help. All different kinds. If I was going LD I'd get one.





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I have heard back belts really help. All different kinds. If I was going LD I'd get one.
Forgot about that i have one for really long rides..http://www.koolbak.com/MotorcycleBelt/Kidney_Belt.html

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I have heard back belts really help. All different kinds. If I was going LD I'd get one.
yes I had this in mind (took the idea from my OLD bodybuidling sessions..)...any brand in mind? I wonder if someone managed to get a back rest somehow ...even when using a tail bag
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Forgot about that i have one for really long rides..http://www.koolbak.com/MotorcycleBelt/Kidney_Belt.html
thanks! you are truly a wikiversys!
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For me, Hourly breaks. Get off the bike and walk around a bit (force the skeleton to move into different positions). Keep in mind, a long distance trip for me is 200-300 miles.

If your a pushing the clock for maximum miles, I suspect an Airhawk Seat Cushion (which I have and highly recommend) and a back belt as MTS mentioned would be beneficial.

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I like to stand up frequently, even though it's illegal to do so around here. This also helps to air out the boys and gives my butt a break. It can be done safely at speed and it's cool to check out the front tire from above.
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I like to stand up frequently, even though it's illegal to do so around here. This also helps to air out the boys and gives my butt a break. It can be done safely at speed and it's cool to check out the front tire from above.
I'm afraid that I will give the boys abd my butt a true break if I do it at highway
but point well taken, good the have several stops and since I'm always nervous about running out of gas...I do stop at each station or whenever my gaz gauge goes below 2/3
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Throw a Duffle Bag on the Passenger Seat and use it for a Backrest. I use a North Face Base Camp Duffle bag.

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Takes a very very long time to get my back uncomfortable on the V but when I do, on the highway ill tuck in like I'm riding a super sport for a bit or sit on the passenger part of my low gel seat.


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There are both ergonomic and physical reasons why people experience back pain when you riding a motorcycle.

Body ergonomics and strength are two huge factors in the reduction of back pain.

Flexibility, strength and proper riding position are crucial for a pain-free ride.

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Switch between pegs, highway pegs and passenger pegs.
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For me, Hourly breaks. Get off the bike and walk around a bit (force the skeleton to move into different positions). Keep in mind, a long distance trip for me is 200-300 miles.

If your a pushing the clock for maximum miles, I suspect an Airhawk Seat Cushion (which I have and highly recommend) and a back belt as MTS mentioned would be beneficial.
+1 on the Air Hawk! Forgot about that! I never take it off.





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core exercises, stretching while riding, focus on not slouching, do push ups and cobra stretches on the handlebars while riding the straights.

When riding the curves lean out and move around to keep active.

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Good posture...don't slouch.

Move around in the saddle so your muscles aren't stuck doing one thing for long periods. I push my shoulders forward and back, squeeze my thighs and butt, and extend my head up to stretch out my neck.

If you have highway pegs, use them. If it's safe to do so, put your feet back on the passenger pegs for another way to place your weight on the bike. I have crash bars and rest my legs on them...nice to get my knees unbent.

Take breaks, get off the bike and walk around some. Stretch everything you can while off the bike. If you can, lie down and just relax for a few minutes. Even 5 minutes of complete relaxation is refreshing.

Stay hydrated. Muscle pain can come from being dehydrated. If you're not drinking enough water that you need to stop to pee now and then, you're probably dehydrated.

Take naprox or acetaminophen to reduce inflammation and take the edge off pain, but don't over do it. Your body is causing you pain because you're mistreating it. Better to prevent the cause of pain than to treat symptoms.

Take some long rides before you go on your big trip. Prepare your body for what's coming.

Enjoy the ride.


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