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post #1 of 16 Old May 26th, 2009, 2:33 pm Thread Starter
 
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Comfort on my K1200LT

After riding 100miles+- My hips hurt. I have lowered my pegs and have a back rest.
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post #2 of 16 Old May 26th, 2009, 2:49 pm
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

What position do you have the seat in high or low? How far are you pushing yourself back in the saddle? I always had hip problems when I tried to push my rear end to far to the back of the seat. I've since replaced the standard seat with a Rick Mayer and ride in the low position and no more hip problems.

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post #3 of 16 Old May 26th, 2009, 3:29 pm
 
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

Back rest may help, sure enjoy riding with mine. lean back into it and relax the arms....
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

My groin always hurts. Guess I'm not flexible enough. I'm 6'3, 195 so I am tall enough. I find myself stretching before I get on. Looks silly, but helps.

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New seat... the "crown" on the '05 has been miserable...

Someday I'll fix it with a seat from one of the folks on this site...
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

You might consider Mick o pegs. gives one a way to change positions

After market seats have helped many. I used a Kontour seat on both the LT and the RT.
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

I had my seat rebuilt by Rich's in Seattle. The difference was night and day, from 100 miles and miserable pain to 1000 mile days, no problem. It's not inexpensive, but in my opinion worth every cent.

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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

I use a BeadRider. I found that it flattens and stiffens the way too soft "comfort seat." I now sit on the seat rather than in the seat. Also, it provides good air circulation on hot days. An inexpensive alternative to a custom seat which is the real solution.

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I have a Corbin seat. I think I just need to save up for some new pegs.

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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

I second Mick o pegs, and custom seat. That said, it may be an impingement issue with your hips. AMHIK. The LT requires a fair amount of abduction (spreading of legs) of the knees as the tank is wide. For taller riders it is even more of a problem as it puts our knees further forward and forces us to spread our legs even wider to clear the tank. I am 6'4 220lbs and my hips have have never been totally comfortable. It has gotten much worse the past year. I have an impingement laterally (on the outside of my hip joints) and the pain is not just with riding. But even after 15 miles on my stock LT seat the pain is unbearable. I will be up for a total joint replacement within a year.
Hwy Ottoman pegs might be another option. But if it is an impingement issue there will be few options for getting more comfort when riding the LT.
To check your range of motion, lie on your back on the floor, bend your knees( feet flat on floor) with your feet together and spread your knees apart. See how far you can get your knees apart before you have pain, that will give you a general idea on where the problem may lie.
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I think my issue is that I play a lot of basketball. Maybe 4-6 times per week often so my groin is always tight and sore from that. I stretch before and after but a couple hours of ball each time and it will be sore. So take last night I played for a few hours then drove the LT home. My groin was killing me. I think I just need to be more limber. Maybe I'll try my wife Wii Fit and do some yoga.

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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

Jac.... what's your size... I'm 6'2" ... 34" inseam...my beemer came with the factory low saddle and I've run 500 mile days with only minor upper back pain (from the nolan 102)... but otherwise very comfortable. It has jpegs.. but I hardly use them.

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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

This might sound crazy but what condition are your tires in. I put a new tire on and immediatly noticed that my butt and knee pain where gone. The old tire was very squared off and the only change was the new tire. Go figure.
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

The stock seat is the cause - everyone I know with stock BMW seats have the same problem. I think BMW designed them that way to force riding breaks.

For me, I had to add: (1) a different seat, (2) floorboards, and (3) Mick-o-Pegs. That combo has given me all the options I could want to be able to use the gas tank as the gating factor for breaks.

The seat choices are broad - my son loves his Corbin, I had a Kontour, which I just swapped for a Russell (hasn't arrived yet). I had to put a stock seat back on while I await delivery, and the joint pain is back....

I think (for me) that points the correct finger.....
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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

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Jac.... what's your size... I'm 6'2" ... 34" inseam...my beemer came with the factory low saddle and I've run 500 mile days with only minor upper back pain (from the nolan 102)... but otherwise very comfortable. It has jpegs.. but I hardly use them.
daym, do you tall guys ALWAYS have to rub it in??

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Re: Comfort on my K1200LT

I played ball this morning and did the seated groin stretch for about 30 seconds. Made a world of difference. Felt fine on the 30 minute trip home.

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