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post #1 of 11 Old Oct 16th, 2005, 11:33 am Thread Starter
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Unhappy Comfortable ride??

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I just finished a 500 mile trip yesterday, and I was absolutely miserable the last 150 miles. I can deal with the sore butt, but the biggest problem for me, that I can't find a remedy for, is the crouched position I have to assume to reach the bars (handlebars that is!!) I've got a 32" arm reach, but need these bars pulled closer so I can sit more erect (posture-wise!!). Are there any options available that would get me a couple inches closer to these bars? I know these bikes don't fit everybody, but I'm of average build.

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post #2 of 11 Old Oct 16th, 2005, 11:35 am
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Adjustable backrest that can push you forward as well as keep your back straight.

There are several on the market. Check out the Accessories page for

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Corbin (not sure of adjustment capability)



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Raffy has hit it on the nose. I have a backup backrest and I have it pushing me a little further forward so I have a more erect sitting position, taking pressure off of my hands. Another nice addition is the J pegs. Most use then to unload the legs, but I have them there for another reason. The J pegs allow you to push yourself back a little on to the backrest giving your back a bit of a rest (no pun intended). Making the 1100 mile trip to CCR was a little uncomfortable for me until I put on the J pegs when leaving and I did an easy 750 miles in one afternoon and could have ridden longer. The combination of these 2 things are a must if you are doing any distance riding.


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Make sure your seat is not in the lower position
this tilts me back and makes it harder for me to reach the grips

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Yep, definitely check the seat position. I'm only 5'9" with a 30" inseam, but I prefer the seat in the raised position. It makes the reach to the bars more comfortable and I like the extra stretch for the legs.

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post #6 of 11 Old Oct 17th, 2005, 11:41 am Thread Starter
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thanks

I was thinking the seat is the problem. I bought this used with 120 miles on it but it only had the lowered seat. You've confirmed that the seat does tilt ya back if it's lowered and that does put me away from the bars. OK...now to find a stock seat! Also the backrest sounds great. I had one on my Roadking mustang seat and loved it. However I didn't think a backrest on this bike would push me forward. Guess I'll have to look further into that, but the seat must be the first changeout.

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post #7 of 11 Old Oct 17th, 2005, 12:59 pm
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Another option would be to have the lumbar portion of your seat built thicker to move you forward, the only problem with that is if you think your butt hurts now....

There are "bar backs" (machined clamps) that more or less move your handlebars back, not familiar if anyone has tried these on an LT - there might be issues with all the control cables, wires, etc. being long enough and fitment of the plastic handlebar shrouds.

I think Raffy's got the right idea with a backrest, there is one brand, BakUp, that has quite a bit of horizontal adjustment in it.


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The Bakup is great. It definately helps posture and position if properly adjusted. I highly recommend checking one out.

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I felt your pain! That was the reason I ended up selling my LT.
I loved everything else about the bike and I'm still waiting for an LT with adjustable handlebars.
I can't figure out why they would build a motorcycle without the ability to change or adjust the bars.
What are the two things that 90% of riders change first on their bikes?
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post #10 of 11 Old Oct 18th, 2005, 7:11 pm
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I "Had" an identical problem with my LT .. in two words.

BACK REST.

Adjust it forward to set your arms lenth to grip position right, Your elbows won't ache, Your lower back won't get stiff, and your riding enjoyment will go up a 100 fold !
JUST GET ONE !

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Another thought - you might want to try adusting the height of the bars - it can make a signifcant difference. Pretty sure there is a tutorial in the HOW. I would be especially dilligent in making sure the torque is correct. Seems I remember a dirt bike I rode in the 70's that tried to take out all of my front teeth since I did not clamp them down properly...


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