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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-30-2007, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2004 VN750. It has the stock seat and the stock handlebars. I have been getting some back pain between the shoulderblades even on rides of shorter duration. I think it may be related to the riding position the bike puts me in. I was wondering if someone else ever had a similar problem either with this bike or another bike they had and what you did to correct or minimize the problem. I know some back discomfort will probably always happen. As the 750 has about all I want in a motorcycle, I would hate to replace it with a bike with a different rider position which may or may not solve my problem. Maybe a seat or handlebar alteration may do the trick, or lower back support belt. Any comments or suggestions would be wellcome. Thanks,


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If the pain is between your shoulder blades, I would say it would be bars are to high for you. Just take off the little black pieces and take an allen wrench and loosen them, then pull the bars down until it feels comfortable for you. That should do the trick.
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Tyger's suggestion would be the easiest thing to try first.
Just be aware that moving the bars up or back may cause the bike to handle differently than you're used to. Not that it'll handle worse, just different.
A support belt might help. I wear one for dirtbikin', and it makes a diffence for that. I've never used it when streetbikin' though.

I sometimes find myself letting my head kinda hang down while riding, which starts getting the lower part of my neck sore. Have to keep telling myself... "Self, hold your head up or your gonna be getting a sore neck again"

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for me I could not get the stock bars to be comfotable in any position.I ended up changing the bars and the new ones are great(for me).Try Tygers suggestion first,and if that won't cure it for you,you may want to try some different bars.

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If you are leaning slightly forward because of your arm length and bar placement, that will get to your back pretty quick. I had to loosen mine when I first got the bike and pull em back a little. It worked out just right for me, but on long rides, I use my soft cooler/backrest strapped on the passenger seat and I think I could ride forever with this setup.

I rode all day yesterday with some buddies around here. The last 50 miles or so, I swapped with my friend who has a Road King. By the time we got back home, my back was getting stiff, but his bars were a little forward for me and a bit too wide. He's 6'4" and I'm barely 5'9", so he was cramped on the 750, but he said he loved my backrest!

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re:back pain

Hey thanks for all the replies. I took my bike out for a ride today, paying close attention to my riding position, arms and handlebars, and my back. I think the problem is probably the bars are a bit too far forward. I will bring them back some and see if that works. I think it will. I'll let you all know. Thanks again.

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Reminds me of the brand new Concourse I bought last year and had to sell after 200 miles do to back pain. The VN750 is like riding in an easy chair compared to that!
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