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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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change 08 seating posistion

Hello everyone. I just bought a red 08 with 150 miles off a guy who said he was selling it because he would rather ride his harley. He road his Harley 500 frm Oka to Aransas Pass, tx and trailered the klr. Said his back did'nt hurt at all.
I have road the bike about 4 times and put a total of 100 miles on it in three days. Now my back is hurting - I have had back problems in the past but my old Kawasaki 550 ltd was fine on my back due to the way it sat me.

Question? --I am thinking it may just take some time for my body to adjust to this new riding posistion. Is this possible??

Can I change my riding posistion where I am not hunch over - more leaned back in the seat???
I hope I didn't buy the wronge bike for long rides.... I may have to sell this awsome bike if I can work it out to be easy on the body during the long runs. I really want this to work for me. I love the bike. Please help.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 10:34 AM
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How tall are you to be hunched over on this bike? I say you need some risers if your hunched over.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 11:23 AM
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Most people buy the KLR because of the better riding position. I have severe back problems, and can't ride much anything else for more than an hour. The KLR I can ride for several hours. Highway pegs also aid in back relief and help protect the bike some.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 12:09 PM
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Yes, like a lot of guys, the riding position is the primary reason I initially bought my KLR. Big guy with bad back - that's kind of a familiar refrain around here!!!!

You might try slightly changing the position of the bars in the clamps first. Then aftermarket risers and highway pegs (recommend h'way pegs no matter what).

Then different seats, but that opens up your wallet a lot more than the risers and pegs.

edit - Just a thought - check the preload on your spring - it might be set too high and you're "hardtailing".
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Just got off after runnin about 50 miles. I feel pretty good. I think it may just take some time for my body to adapt to the bike. I'm only 5'9. I think I'll take the advice of bar, seat and foot peg mods - I think I will get comfortable on her with some tweeking.
Any other mods you all can think of for comfort along these lines??
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