Originally Posted by eaglefrq
We stopped about 33 miles from the GA border because something seemed off with my trip meter. I showed we traveled over 500 miles at that point, but that didnít seem right from what I remembered when planning the route.
The only problem other that the sore butt, was the pain across the backs of my shoulders. I anticipated the pain in the butt, but not the shoulder blades. Iím not sure what caused this, my bike has pullback risers and I did raise the seat to allow for some additional leg room.
If anyone has suggestions about the cause of the shoulder pain I would appreciate it. Also, I think I may have to change to an aftermarket seat.
3. If your partner can't/won't ride the same lengths/times as you, find a different partner or go solo. Once we started and found this out it was too late. Yes, I could have left him and gone solo, but thatís not the right thing to do.
Congratulations on completing the 1K! That's quite an accomplishment. I thought the last time I saw a post from you on this that you were going to head west, to Knoxville and back, so obviously you changed the route. I'd be interested in your reasoning for that, as I intend to complete the SS 1K myself in the Spring.
I get the same type of pain in my shoulders and back that you experienced when riding the K13. I also had some pain in my wrists. That particular ride was from Alexandria to Asheville, NC, so about 500 miles. At the time of that I had the stock handlebars and seat on the high position. What I found is that I was slumping my shoulders forward, I think because of the slightly leaned forward seating position. I had to really concentrate on keeping my back straight and shoulders back, which would alleviate the pain. I'm 5'11", so maybe I sit higher in the seat, but can't say for sure. I can tell you that when my wife rides the GT she does not experience the same thing. She is 5'9". We have added Suburban Machinery handlebar risers, set on the highest position, since then. Haven't had a chance to test that on a long ride yet, although shorter rides indicate less of a problem.
We always ride until we have to stop for fuel, so close to 200 miles, depending on speed. I find that if I take about 4 Advil at every gas stop after the first one it keeps the pain at bay.
We will be sending our seat to Russel Day-Long in 2 weeks, so we're hopeful that will make a real difference also. We got in on a 20% off deal and have heard nothing but good reviews about their seats.
I commend you for not leaving your partner. That's the great thing about motorcycles, you can't actually reach over and choke your riding partner until you stop, and by then the feeling usually passes. Of course, that's because you're focused on your ass hurting so much.