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Air Hawk 2 + back injury anyone?

I've got a '13 and some slipped discs in my lower back that flare up from time to time. I know the Air Hawk 2 is generally well regarded here, I found one for what I think is a nice price ($77!), but I'm wondering if it will help mitigate how the seat telegraphs vibration into my tailbone. Anyone out there have lower back problems? How have you addressed it? My only real concern is that I'm already a little short for the bike and I'm not crazy about having 1/2-3/4" higher seat.

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I have an airhawk 2. It is more for spreading the load to make the seat more comfortable. It doesn't replace getting better suspension. I carry a back brace and wear it when needed.

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I would be looking at the bike ergonomics more as the issue.
Fix your lean, your leg angles. work on your pelvis tilt to get more comfortable back angle.

If the action of compressing the spine (due to bumps, walking) causes you issues at all pelvis angles, then the only fix for that is get better rear suspension.
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If you have slipped discs .... I don't think any kind of comfort for your ass is gonna' help... As mentioned every time you go over a bump it will compress your spine and aggravate the area around the slipped discs... Better rear suspension is the way to go... I find the Versys to have a particularly firm rear suspension when compared to my Honda CB500x and previous V-strom... So probably not the best bike choice for a person with back issues... Are you a big guy? If so, perhaps weight loss will help a lot as well....

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Thanks all. I'm not exactly a big guy, I manage to play about 40-50 full length soccer games a year, so I can't be too bad off!
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I would be looking at the bike ergonomics more as the issue.
Fix your lean, your leg angles. work on your pelvis tilt to get more comfortable back angle.

If the action of compressing the spine (due to bumps, walking) causes you issues at all pelvis angles, then the only fix for that is get better rear suspension.
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If you have slipped discs .... I don't think any kind of comfort for your ass is gonna' help... As mentioned every time you go over a bump it will compress your spine and aggravate the area around the slipped discs... Better rear suspension is the way to go... I find the Versys to have a particularly firm rear suspension when compared to my Honda CB500x and previous V-strom... So probably not the best bike choice for a person with back issues... Are you a big guy? If so, perhaps weight loss will help a lot as well....
Better rear suspension is your answer...try Ohlin suspension and it really make your ride a joy..
http://www.solomotoparts.com/Ohlins-...-wo-ABS-06-13/

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