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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-13-2018, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Long rides, pain in the neck

I'd like to figure out what causes my pain in my neck/ left shoulder area when going on long rides. I wear a ff helmet, and I'm wondering if that's the cause.

It also happened on my shadow which I owned previous to the GW.

Have any of you experienced muscle pain in the neck/ shoulder area? And have you changed something to get rid of it?

I've read articles of raising or lowering the handle bars, and adjusting seating position, and foot positions.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-13-2018, 11:21 AM
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Yes, getting your handlebars into a more comfortable position is the answer. There are a few different riser sets that you can get for your wing (well assuming it's not a 2018, then I don't know). Not a terribly difficult job to install, and the neck/shoulder pain should go away instantly.
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Yes, getting your handlebars into a more comfortable position is the answer. There are a few different riser sets that you can get for your wing (well assuming it's not a 2018, then I don't know). Not a terribly difficult job to install, and the neck/shoulder pain should go away instantly.
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Guy, do you feel like you're stretching forward to reach the grips? Maybe even leaning on them more than you should? The new location for the bars may be something you have to experiment with. Risers can move them up or farther back or both and different distances. Before you spend any money on them, ask around if anyone has risers installed and could you sit on the bike. If you have a used broker in your area, ask them too. You don't need a test ride, just a test sit.

For a few riders sitting too close to the grips, something as simple as a seat cushion can raise the sitting position enough to solve the problem.


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Thanks, yeah that's the concern for me, not knowing which way to go.

I'm 5'10", bought the bike used so I'm not sure if the bars have been adjusted prior.

Maybe I'll start moving them assuming that they can be moved.

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Most guys prefer a sitting position of nearly straight up. Very little forward lean, just enough to put some pressure on the grips to keep a good feel for what's happening there.

At 5'10", you may need something to bring the grips back but not any higher.


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Sounds like what I went thru when I first got a wing ( 2006 )
Bring the bars back. Air hawk with just a little air. breaks with no more than 100 miles. Even 5 minutes off helps. Get the wind off the helmet by putting the windshield all the way up and look thru it.
This has worked most of the time for me. Two neck surgeries and still riding. If hell freezes over tomorrow I might stop riding
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If the bike is a 1500 Wing you can adjust the bars, if it is an 1800 wing therte is no adjustment on the stock set up but you can buy after market adapters that will move them. I always put a backrest and highway bars on all the Gold Wings I have ever bought and never had a problem with pain. I'm 5"9" about 180 lbs, with a 30" inseam.



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I started with a back rest and highway pegs which helped a fair amount but when I installed the handle bar risers nearly all of the upper back/neck discomfort went away. I use a modular helmet.

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