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'07 BMW F800ST, '08 M695, '04 Moto Guzzi Breva...
Date Joined Feb 2005
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| Posted 11/3/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7) |
Couple of thoughts:
What about changing the seat? I'm a big believer in a firm perch to sit securely upon while on the bike. If the seat is squishy, my back, shoulders, etc will be tense as I'll never be able to plant myself on the bike.
I put bar risers on the Duc for under $70 and have a not-installed set for the BMW sitting on a shelf that were about $80. What may make it "outrageous" is if the brake and clutch lines are too short--in that case, wait for a brake fluid change.
If the Virago has never had a brake fluid change, it could be time.
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1633
| Posted 11/7/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -7) |
| Yeah RHS,
When I first read about the problem you were having .. I thought the risers would be your best bet. And still something to consider .. really
can make a huge difference.
One suggestion I wanted to add is kinda like what you last posted. Find a good support .. be it a support belt or just a pair of good support hose!!
I know sounds silly .. but may make an improvement and would not be out much cost to try! I know back problems and riding can take away the joy ..
so try some simple solutions first then if you do get serious do consider the bar risers! They really do help in your riding position!
Hope that helps some .. either way don't get flustered and give up!! Your just now getting to the point where you can really get out and Enjoy!!
btw: how are you enjoying so far? You seem to be liking and becoming a little biker lady!!
Forget world peace ... Visualize using your turn signal !!
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2005 Honda Shadow Aero 750
Date Joined Oct 2007
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| Posted 11/10/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7) |
Date Joined Jan 2009
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| Posted 1/20/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7) |
|Just a quick note, there is a forum solely for Virago's. I have owned 5 and alot of good info there on what works for them and doesnt|
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 4952
| Posted 1/22/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7) |
|The basic problem with the 250 Virago, and all the cruiser style bikes, is the seating position itself. Especially on the Virago, the seating position is made worse by the low seat, forward foot controls and pullback style handlebar. The three combine to cause the lower back to curve outward. Remember when you're mom or teacher told you to sit up straight and not slouch? Well, at least they did back in the 60s. |
Anyway, the seating position combines to casue the lower back to curve out unnaturally, placing all your upper body wieght on your butt and tailbone. Your feet are forward and cannot adequately support your leg weight. Bar risers may reduce your reach to the handlebar, but they will also promote more lower back loading. Plus, the slouch position, along with the hands up and out in the cruiser style makes your upper body a sail into the wind, with no bracing to support it. So the backrest will help.
Actually a flatter style handlebar (like that on a Honda Nighthawk) with risers would make some sense, because it positions the hands and wrists in a more natural angle and reach than do the pullback style handlebar. So I say use risers but get rid of the pullback bars and go with a drag-bike style or standard style handlebar. Next, a backrest to support your lower back will help. But neither of them will reduce the butt load that is the next thing you'll sense as you ride more. Here, because your feet are out in front, your feet, legs and hips are no in line below your upper body to help support your weight and riding position. But again, that is the nature of the beast in a cruiser style bike. Finally, a windshield to take the wind blast off your chest will help reduce the upper body load fighting the wind.
I'm no doctor, but I have been riding for 36 years and have come to know what really works for riding. That's why the standard or naked style bike riding position is still the overall best for comfort, control and longer riding ablility.
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Date Joined Oct 2011
Total Posts : 3
| Posted 10/17/2011 4:33 AM (GMT -7) |
|I am taking this interpretation from something you said..."my hubby bought the bike." Men and women are just built differently (groan here). It sounds as though you have a bike that is not ergonomically suited to you. There's more to it than just seat height. Sit on some other (appropriately sized) bikes and you'll see what I mean.|
While I am a fan of risers, you may be throwing good money away by trying to make a bike that is just wrong for you fit you anyway.
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