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Old 02-11-2004, 07:24 AM   #21
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I have a bad back and neck as well. I had hoped the claimed 'relaxed' seating of the SV650/SV1000 would work for me, but 5 minutes on one had me down for several weeks. The same for a VFR with higher bars. I finally found a dealer who would let me test ride a Honda 919, and had no problems. I have had the bike for over a year now with no back problems, even after 7 hours on the bike in one day. I highly recommend the 919.



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Old 02-11-2004, 07:27 AM   #22
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CBR1100XX, pick up a cheap used one.
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:34 AM   #23
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I've been struggling with a bad back for a couple of years, and had several bikes in the meantime, so here are my thoughts. Take them for their $.02:



1) Get a quality seat. Stay away from Corbin, Call Rich's in Seattle. He's pricey, but worth it. I had Rich make a seat for my Dyna, and I was tempted to park it in the living room.



2) A VFR is a good call. I bought a used 98, and it was pretty comfy with the exception of a rather cramped seat/peg geometry (for me anyway). I also had a BMW K75 that worked pretty well.



3) If you can deal with laughter from your friends, a Gold Wing with a custom seat is tough to beat. I've had two, and they work really well. At least you'll be riding. And they are the ultimate winter commuter.



4) I currently have a Buell S3 that's very comfy with an aftermarket seat. Plenty of room in the seat/peg/bar setup, and a nice compromise between sportbike and standard.



5) I also have a Wing, but it's for sale. I think I've settled on a DL650, if the setup is close to the DL1000. Yeah, the bigger Strom would be nice, as would a GS, but the buy-in is higher, and I'm weary of liter bike insurance rates.
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Old 02-11-2004, 08:10 AM   #24
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Triumphs Speed 4, Honda 599. There are similar bikes by Yamaha and Suzuki.



The other thing you can do - I've done it with my Electraglide, is too lower the bars on a Harley (new Sportster) so that you are leaning forward taking the pressure off the back. It actually works and gives you the HD cruiser option. I don't think the Jap cruisers would have that flexibility, but maybe they do?
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Old 02-11-2004, 08:25 AM   #25
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An Aprilia Futura or a BMW R1100S may be the ticket.
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Old 02-11-2004, 08:30 AM   #26
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"Get a quality seat. Stay away from Corbin..."



Excuse me? Do you even ride your Dyna more than 50 miles at a time?



I've never heard of Rich's in Seattle, I'm sure they're great seats, but Corbin saddles are built for people who ride their bikes for days on end not just an hour at a time.
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Old 02-11-2004, 10:17 AM   #27
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Rich is an iron butt rider himself, and the seat he made for my multi-strada transformed it from a one hour torture rack to an iron butt capable bike. I too have lower back problems but with rich's seat I can ride back to back 800 mile days.
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Old 02-11-2004, 10:59 AM   #28
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Thanks, for the info, Peter. I just re-read my post and felt it came off harsh. I didn't intend it to sound like that at all. I should have said simply that the Corbin is a quality saddle and should not be so summarily dismissed.



I've had Corbins on all my most recent bikes and have logged well over 160,000 miles on them. Many of those miles were done doing LD rides like the 50cc and so many SS2K and BBGs that I've lost count. My wife has a Mustang on her bike and it kills me because it puts me in one position and I can't move around like I can on my Corbins.



I do understand back pain. I've been treated most of my life for it. Now however, when my back is hurting me I go for a ride on my ST1100. What can I say other than it works for me.
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Old 02-11-2004, 11:35 AM   #29
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Yamaha YZF 600



You can't beat it



Perfect riding position for your back and a suspension that really soaks up the bumps



the price is good to
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Old 02-11-2004, 02:31 PM   #30
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I'll back you up on that one. With a rider weighing in at $1.30 the YZF600R would scoot like a rocket. Hell 3 of my buddies bought them and even with my 300lb girth it had no problem showing me 135mph right fast. Most comfortable 600 out there, softer on the springs and still with the forward lean but not too forward. Cheap too... Go sit on one.
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