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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.

...what? I have a prescription.
 

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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.:grin
 

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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! :frown
 

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJRVVxmytaM
 

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Google "Master Yoda Riding Position" and read about it.
 

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I'm fortunate to live within 100 miles of a very experienced saddle customizer whose main goal is proper riding posture. The first thing he does, after firmly clamping the front wheel, is to have the customer get on the bike and he views their posture in profile. This usually results in modding the seat to move the rider closer to the bars. Friends I have sent to him are always amazed how much more comfortable they are, some having had their bike for years, thinking their seat was OK. My point is, I religiously have him customize the saddle of any bike I get and have it re-adjusted occasionally, which he does no charge. This results in no back or neck problems as long as I remember to stay loose - I do have a tendency to raise my shoulders and hold them there. While riding (or driving) I maintain what I call swivel eyes and swivel head - always keep 'em moving. I think that helps. But we are all different and we all age differently. Just my 2 cents.
 

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+1 on the modular helmet issue, I have a Bell modular, my neck would be killing me after an hour. Between the weight and buffeting pounding that helmet it was straight up annoying. I picked up a 3/4 helmet, much better.
Good luck with your neck
 

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Pretty Wife sez when your neck or back aches, raise your shoulders as close to your ears as you can and hold that for @ five seconds and release fast.
 

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In the winter i ride with a Modular helmet, In the summer i ride with a 3/4 helmet.....Neck pain's in the winter, None in the summer...
 

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Pretty Wife sez when your neck or back aches, raise your shoulders as close to your ears as you can and hold that for @ five seconds and release fast.
I tried that while riding up on the blueridge parkway, came up on a curve and almost dumped it.:ltr:

Just kidding. I work out several times a week so next , shoulder strengths is not the issue. I have been considering the Helibars bars. But that's a lot of money right now.
 

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I had shoulder and neck pain until I put on Helibars. They are expensive, but I can't say enough about them as they adjust on multiple pivot points. Last summer I did an coast to coast trip with no shoulder or neck pain.
 

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In the winter i ride with a Modular helmet, In the summer i ride with a 3/4 helmet.....Neck pain's in the winter, None in the summer...

As Rhino is saying... Neck pain is usually related to helmet weight. I had an older half helmet that caused this. I switched to the lightest half helmet I could find and it went away.
 

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I tried that while riding up on the blueridge parkway, came up on a curve and almost dumped it.:ltr:

Just kidding. I work out several times a week so next , shoulder strengths is not the issue. I have been considering the Helibars bars. But that's a lot of money right now.
your funny instead of try to strengthen your shoulders you'll spend $400 bucks
 

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I have the Heli bars and have adjusted them all over the place and I still get pains, did they help Yes. For me the Heli bars and a Mustang seat helped me the most . $750 is what I paid and they are worth the cost to get the bars where you want them.

Like I said its me not the bike and I think for me its the cost I pay to play...
 
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