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I frequently get neck stiffness and some neck pain. One thing I know is my back rest "pushes' me more forward. U Nike my Honda where I can lean back . 'I was wondering what others who have had neck pain did or is doing about it. Usually my neck starts getting stiff about 30 - 45 mins after riding

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Between having unusually long arms for my height and a propensity to slouch, I have the same issue. I usually just gut it out till I'm done for the day, then it's time for oxy.

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I find I just can't ride with a back rest, I too get pains with or without the back rest so I choose not to use it.

My lower back is fused at L5-S1 and when using the back rest I tend to get sciatic pain under my but and down the back of my legs, without the back rest I tend to get pain between my shoulders and neck.

So I pick the lessor of the two and which one I can heal up and recoup from the fastest which is Not to use the backrest.

I also found over the years that my seating position and fatigue plays a big part in the pain I feel while riding. If I sit up straight and my feet straight down and not stretched out I feel the best , also keeping my head straight and not tilted down. As the day goes on with longer rides I tent to slouch and that puts my head in a different position which then starts the pain.

Once I feel it coming on it reminds me to sit up and then I roll my shoulders forwards and backwards and the same with my head and that helps. If all else fails I stop and go to the trunk and take some Advil or Aleeve.

We do 2-300 mile lunch rides every weekend so this is a ongoing thing for me and I come to realize it is me and not the bike. Years of back and neck issues along with a bad shoulder I think for me its just the cost of doing something you like. Somedays I dont hurt at all and others are just a real drag, alot of it depends on my work and what I did prior to rideing to agravate my current situation.

I will say that on a 10 day road trip I hurt for the first day and after that I feel pretty good, so like my doctors had told me once I stop doing dent repair ( I do Paintless dent repair ) I will fell better and heal up. Cant retire yet and I like what I do , so for now it is what it is.

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I do get neck stiffness also on long rides....I didn't notice any difference riding with the back rest. I believe the stiffness is from the weight of the helmet and resistance in the wind. My heavier buckets always make it worse.
I stretch my neck frequently and I find flexing my shoulders down to pull my taps helps much.

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It may not be your backrest. It may be your bars. I get neck stiffness all the time but mine is due to neck surgery. I just deal with it and try to use pressure with my hand to ease the cramping. My bigger deal is the numbness in my right hand. It goes away after a couple hours in the saddle though. Hey it's all good, I'm alive n riding.

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I too found that the Victory backrest with the stock seat pushed me too far forward and I was uncomfortable.
So I took the backrest mounting bar off and spun it around so the angle was facing the back. This made it much better.
However, when I got the Ultimate seat I found the backrest was now too far back, so I had to put the bar back the proper way.
Now I find that I absolutely have to have the backrest on for longer rides. Without it I get back pain from constantly having to hold myself forward.
As for neck pain, for me, it is caused by the heavy full faced modular helmet. I also get headaches with it as well.
The open faced half helmet is much better on the warmer days and I enjoy it more.

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My lower back is fused at L5-S1 and when using the back rest I tend to get sciatic pain under my but and down the back of my legs, without the back rest I tend to get pain between my shoulders and neck.
Had surgery at L2-3, L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1, and had fusion at L3-4 last November. If you see a pattern, yes, I have degenerative disc disease. I just know if I'm even a tad sore starting out, I'll probably need a norco to proceed for the entire day, just so I can maintain. Back trouble is no walk in the park!

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I ride with a backrest all the time and used to have neck and shoulder pain quite regularly. It all stopped when I made handlebar changes.

Check the ergonomics of your riding. We're all different and making changes to your backrest, handlebars or foot placement may alleviate your problem.

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I used to have pain in neck and shoulders so bad I couldn't move my head.
I started doing shoulder shrugs and no more pain whats so ever.
You need two weights 3 or 5 pounds.
Put one weight in each hand and hang them at your sides.
Now raise your shoulders "only" upward. Do it ten times twice a day for a week and pain will be gone.
I know you would rather spend 200 bucks so you don't have to exercise
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