Honda Goldwing Forum banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I was so excited to get a 2018 Goldwing, it was my first. I"m 5'-10" not tall, not short but I get the worst muscle pain just below my neckline at center spine. I is beginning to ruin my rides. Should I try a new custom seat $1,000 an raise the bars. If I can't fix this, I need to stop riding and I would hate that.

Help please
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
28,149 Posts
Okay so I would not panic here.

I remember myself going through this and after talking to my brother it was fixed.

Even though this is the new Wing it is quite possible that the issue is you're gripping the bike too hard and trying to bull the lady around. Try relaxing your grip. Wings are big ladies and as such it is almost in our nature to think we have to hold on tight and muscle the bike.

They are very nimble and will show you the way if you relax and let them.

Not guaranteeing this is your problem but it wouldn't surprise me if it was.

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
14,255 Posts
I agree with Fossil. Try to make yourself relax while you ride. I find myself, especially in heavy traffic, tensing up. I roll my shoulders and relax and everything gets right with the world again.
 
  • Like
Reactions: fossil92

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,845 Posts
The first mods i do is add highway pegs and a back rest. I'm 5'9" and with those 2 mods I can ride all day. I only changed the seat on 1 of my wings and I don't think it made a difference,
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
I was so excited to get a 2018 Goldwing, it was my first. I"m 5'-10" not tall, not short but I get the worst muscle pain just below my neckline at center spine. I is beginning to ruin my rides. Should I try a new custom seat $1,000 an raise the bars. If I can't fix this, I need to stop riding and I would hate that.

Help please
What type of bike were you riding prior to your new Goldwing? It would help to know if there’s a change in posture between your previous bike and the Goldwing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
106 Posts
There are a lot of variables that could be causing the problem. Some of the other suggestions above address them. For instance the position of the windshield. The rule of thumb is to adjust the height of the top of it to just about the same height as your mouth so that you are looking over it instead of through it. One also wants it to put you in a clean pocket of air with little or no buffeting. If this adjustment is not suitable to you and you are tilting your head up or down during the ride that could be causing the pain in your lower neck or upper shoulders. The nice thing about the new Goldwing, as you probably know, is that you can adjust the height and the bike remembers that adjustment every time you start it.

Another possibility may be the shape and weight of your helmet. The ergonomics of your Wing may be just enough different that when you are riding that helmet sits on your head differently or reacts differently at speed causing muscles that were previously unchallenged to tense up causing the pain.

Good luck. I would try several things that don't cost a lot of money. Nothing could be more frustrating than to spend a lot only to find out it was not the solution.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
637 Posts
There are a lot of variables that could be causing the problem. Some of the other suggestions above address them. For instance the position of the windshield. The rule of thumb is to adjust the height of the top of it to just about the same height as your mouth so that you are looking over it instead of through it. One also wants it to put you in a clean pocket of air with little or no buffeting. If this adjustment is not suitable to you and you are tilting your head up or down during the ride that could be causing the pain in your lower neck or upper shoulders. The nice thing about the new Goldwing, as you probably know, is that you can adjust the height and the bike remembers that adjustment every time you start it.

Another possibility may be the shape and weight of your helmet. The ergonomics of your Wing may be just enough different that when you are riding that helmet sits on your head differently or reacts differently at speed causing muscles that were previously unchallenged to tense up causing the pain.

Good luck. I would try several things that don't cost a lot of money. Nothing could be more frustrating than to spend a lot only to find out it was not the solution.

This is good advice and plus one on the lower windscreen. I have had issues with neck pain due to a tragic trampoline accident when I was young and probably under the influence :)
I tried raising the bars which did not work mostly due to the fact all the risers do is tip the handle bars in making steering awkward. Lucky I did a home riser remedy so no cost involved in that mistake. I doubt a seat will change anything and that is an expensive test. I actually found trying to keep my back straight especially after hours into a ride really helps ad one tends to slouch which really aggravates the symptoms. I also tend to ride either one handed or with my hands laying over the top of the grips which keeps my relaxed and able to sit more upright. Leaning forward from time to time also works nicely to push out the kinks (not the 60's group) on the shoulders and neck. My new wing has a seat backrest which seems like it is also going help.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
562 Posts
I did have the same issue. They went away after a new seat, backrest, travel pegs and risers. All of this made me relax more and more on the rides - not cheap, but it helped.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
26,311 Posts
Many riders have experienced this due to a "death grip" on the bars. Been known to do it myself but having a lighter touch on the grips certainly helps me.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,208 Posts
I have dealt with this many times. When I came home to Alabama from Coudersport, Pa., I was miserable. I got the same advice. You may very well be gripping too tight, but I didn't and still don't think I was. I bought a considerably lighter helmet and it has made a world of difference. I always used a modular helmet with an the added weight of a bluetooth intercom system. I bought a helmet with a built in bluetooth and flip shield at a whopping 4.4 pounds. Worth a try!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
You know I used to get pain in that same region. All other reasons listed as possible causes are valid. But this is what I learned.

If you do some stretching and some muscle building to strengthen those muscles your issue will go away. If your able and only if you are able try a few pushups everyday. Or, some light 5lbs weights. After a short while you will have strengthed those muscles and your ride will be so much better.

Good Luck
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
I agree with everything above. This is going to sound strange, but when I started riding I used to get some neck und upper shoulder strain or tightness, The guy I rode with was a professional painter in a previous life, painting houses inside and out. When I mentioned the pain he asked, do you ride with your mouth always closed, of course I asked him WTF. He told me an old painters trick is to keep your mouth open especially when painting and it helps you relax. I tried it and the pain went away. Don't ask how, but it worked.
Just a thought.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
[email protected] Neck and Back pain

May i suggest that you take a look at this web link to consider doing this to your factory seat as I hear the results are well received by all that have used this veteran to fix the comfort level of the seats and the costs is well under $1,000.00 for custom seats. http://www.bikesolutionsllc.com/
you may also want to consider extending your handle bars, see this link http://wingstuff.com/products/37968-helibars-tour-performance-handlebar-risers-for-2018-gold-wing?context=2018_gold_wing-handlebar_accessories

hope you get better soon.
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top