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Back support for long rides

Anyone use some sort of back support for longer rides? Kidney belt or something else?

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Not me... Just to get the responses started.
I've done some long trips and haven't felt a need... yet... but, it could be a pretty good idea for some of us.

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Heres the one i have good price and built to last. http://www.koolbak.com/MotorcycleBel...cycleBelt.html Makes a long haul easier.

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I have a back support belt pretty similar to the one above in Joe's post.
NO WAY do any of their "it gives 60% more support" etc have any foundation for the truth!!
the truth is....if you get a sore back while riding the best way to stop it is to stop riding!!!period!!
so, we aren't gonna stop, so next is the seat on your bike, then your bike, then a back support...in that order.
Trust me, l have been riding with chronic back pain for years due to cars/rocks/ditches jumping out & making me crash into them over the years, & now l'm paying for it.
The Versys is probably never going to be the best bike as far as ergonomics is concerned, but you can make it bearable.
Today l took my GF's Shadow cruiser for a new front tyre, & it feels better for back comfort, but the fact that it's boring wouldn't make me buy one (another)
so as far as back pain is concerned, it's horses for courses, but just to answer your original question again; I wear a back support, & yes it helps ( a bit!)
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I wear a back protector with kidney belt all the time anyways, so...

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I was just curious.

I did my first longer ride yesterday. Just over 5 hrs on the bike and 205 miles. All back roads...

anyway.... ive been hitting the gym hard the last few weeks and im not sure if that was contributory or not...

Im trying to build up my time in the saddle. I want to put together an "Epic" ride next year maybe.

I ride dirt bikes too and have never used a kidney belt, but i stand up a lot on the dirt bike.

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I wear a back protector with kidney belt all the time anyways, so...
+1.

And on the point of "Standing up" on dirt bikes - set up the V to do the same, and (on longer rides), stand up when you come into a town limit, and have a good stretch, and wriggle around! Works wonders.

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I've had my share of back issues, mostly muscle spasms although I do have a scoliosis in my back as well. I have to say that the Versys has been very good for my lower back, compared to the sv1000s and the Vulcan 800 I used to ride.

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+1.

And on the point of "Standing up" on dirt bikes - set up the V to do the same, and (on longer rides), stand up when you come into a town limit, and have a good stretch, and wriggle around! Works wonders.
I do stand quite a bit. The dirt riding has come in handy on a few rides. I just pick a direction an ride. I have found myself on some beat up gravel roads and even some two track for a bit. Standing in the rough stuff is the only way to go!

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I've had my share of back issues, mostly muscle spasms although I do have a scoliosis in my back as well. I have to say that the Versys has been very good for my lower back, compared to the sv1000s and the Vulcan 800 I used to ride.
+1

The ergos on the Versys have been the best I've experienced in many years of riding.
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Anyone use some sort of back support for longer rides? Kidney belt or something else?

Thanks,

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Kidney belt - ALWAYS! (Part of my ATGATT.)

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+1.

And on the point of "Standing up" on dirt bikes - set up the V to do the same, and (on longer rides), stand up when you come into a town limit, and have a good stretch, and wriggle around! Works wonders.
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I use the velcro elastic waist trimmer belt (it's only about $10) if i'm gonna ride any more than about 30 minutes. I've found, for me, without the belt, my sides start to hurt pretty quick. I have also found that getting in to a little physical regimen before a long road trip (sit ups, a little strength training) significantly helps my endurance. My Versys has the passenger back rest which (with no passenger) holds my motorcycle luggage bag which sticks forward just enough to give me (the driver) something to lean against as I tire (is that the correct spelling?) on a lengthy ride.
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I was just curious.

I did my first longer ride yesterday. Just over 5 hrs on the bike and 205 miles. All back roads...

anyway.... ive been hitting the gym hard the last few weeks and im not sure if that was contributory or not...

Im trying to build up my time in the saddle. I want to put together an "Epic" ride next year maybe.

I ride dirt bikes too and have never used a kidney belt, but i stand up a lot on the dirt bike.

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it does. Stronger core muscles and back muscles are the key towards better riding position and hence, endurance. That, and also your inner thigh muscles that allows you to grip the tank so one is anchored on the bike with less strain.

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I use Kindey Belt all the time and it helps a lot.
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Anyone use some sort of back support for longer rides? Kidney belt or something else?

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The best thing for this is exercise. In particular the kind of exercises that strengthen your core muscles that support your back and abdomen. It also helps prevent back problems. Walking and running is also great as these have the side affect of strengthening these.

With weak core muscles we tend to slouch which causes back issues. Also bumps cause more of an issue with weak muscles in this area.
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