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Dr_Sprocket 05-31-2009 11:45 AM

Ten (10) posts already and no one came up with the "If your riding with a pain in the neck, ditch the b!tch" line? Something's not right in the world today (shakes head).

Jager71 05-31-2009 03:34 PM

I was reading on some other sites and noticed someone mentioning the wind "lifting" the helmet due to air being deflected off of the chest and up to the underside of the helmet. I have noticed this as well, and think it may be the cause of the neck pain. I think I'll install a windshield which should do the trick.

I was advised by my neighbor who rides a Harley that windshield + FF helmet= immediately showing I'm a noob. True?

12er 05-31-2009 05:02 PM

Windshield + FF Helmet = smart. It doesnt have to be more than a fly screen depending on your bike and height. But unfortunately trial and error may be in your near future with spendy shields. Check craigslist for used and google all your options for your bike, then google them for reviews. May save a $ or two and get a shield you like the first time. Too big of a shield and you can get back pressure and then your neck hurts in a different way and acts as a sail in the wind. Wrong size and you could end up buffeting so there is more to it than you may think.

newagetwotone 05-31-2009 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Jager71 (Post 215117)
I was reading on some other sites and noticed someone mentioning the wind "lifting" the helmet due to air being deflected off of the chest and up to the underside of the helmet. I have noticed this as well, and think it may be the cause of the neck pain. I think I'll install a windshield which should do the trick.

I was advised by my neighbor who rides a Harley that windshield + FF helmet= immediately showing I'm a noob. True?

No, your neighbor is a dumb **** tough guy. Does he wear a helmet? jacket? gloves or pants? Ok who's the noob? you can go see him when half is face is rubbed off on the payment and tell him that you like looking like a noob rather than a two-face.

pplassm 05-31-2009 05:26 PM

Cruiser riding position sucks. Get a standard, lean into the wind a little more, and end of neck pain.

The_AirHawk 05-31-2009 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Jager71 (Post 215117)
I was advised by my neighbor who rides a Harley that windshield + FF helmet= immediately showing I'm a noob. True?

HD-"Faithful" Neighbor + Harley "Lore" = Fsckin' Idiot.

And you can tell him "The_AirHawk" said so. I'm better armed than he is, I guaran-fsckin'-tee it.

seruzawa 05-31-2009 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by The_AirHawk (Post 215126)
HD-"Faithful" Neighbor + Harley "Lore" = Fsckin' Idiot.

And you can tell him "The_AirHawk" said so. I'm better armed than he is, I guaran-fsckin'-tee it.

Well I use windshields and full face helmets and I've logged somewhere in the realm of 400,000 miles on motorcycles. Does that make me a noob too?

Dr_Sprocket 06-01-2009 03:40 AM

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Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 215132)
Well I use windshields and full face helmets and I've logged somewhere in the realm of 400,000 miles on motorcycles. Does that make me a noob too?

Actually, AirHawk is busting on the neighbor "friend", not you.

pushrod 06-01-2009 07:31 AM

Jager71,

If the pain you are talking about is more in the trapezius (y'know, the place Spock grabs to knock people out) than the base of the neck, your problem is caused by holding your arm out in front of you.

Do you notice if the pain is more on the right side? If so, that's your problem. You can take your left hand off the bar and relieve the muscle on the left, but releasing the throttle, unless you are in the movie, 'Wild Hogs', causes the bike to slow down sharply.

I had the same problem when I rode my FXR (Harley). All I could do was practice relaxation like LR said, and take roadside breaks.

I don't have the problem at all when riding my Sprint.

HTH!

acecycleins 06-01-2009 08:54 AM

Did you fit your own helmet or did the parts guys? If you did it you're probably wearing the wrong size helmet. After 27yrs of riding I was working a race one weekend next to the Shoei guys. Dude looks at me and my current helmet and says- "You're a medium!" My response was- "Hell, I'm an xl!" He convinced me to try on a medium helmet. Go figure- 27 yrs and I'm riding with the wrong size.
Try a nice, easy on the wallet, HJC or Nolan helmet in convertible style. The flip up chin-bar is great if you wear glasses and you don't have to remove that helmet for breif stops. If you like the style you can always spend a few more dollars and get a Shoei or Vemar.


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