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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-28-2008, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Wrists and Neck sore from riding my ZX-6R

Hello Everyone. I just bought my first super sport bike, 08 ZX-6R. Previously had a 650R (EX650). So, I've never owned a super sport bike and gotta tell you, the position on the bike is difficult. My wrists and neck are very sore from riding from the bent over position. Any advise on how to better handle the riding position? Friend told me to angle the clutch and brake levers downward, grip the tank with my legs more, shift my weight to one side of the bike slightly and switch back and forth. I know that it will probably just take sometime to get used to the new riding position, but any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm use to being able to ride for a few hours and some miles before stopping. Seems like with the super sport bikes, you have to stop and rest more often.
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If you hit the gym at all, work out your back a little bit, stronger muscles will produce less fatigue.

Also, grip the tank with your legs more so you can take pressure (stress) of your wrists.

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bend your arms, you dont want to straight-arm it. that just exaggerates the wrist problems. you should feel like there is no weight on your wrists. use your core muscles (stomach, lower back, and even legs) to hold you up.

the first week of riding my core was SORE. now im used to it. grip that tank with your knees, bend your arms, and light touch on the bars. itll get easier with some time on the bike. as for your neck...cant help ya there. i dont really have that problem.

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listen to these guys. when I got mine a month ago, I was having the same problem. that and my hands going numb. changed my riding position, nutz to tank, balls of feet on pegs heels slightly out, using your legs to press into the tank. your abs and legs will hold you on the bike all day long, and not get tired as fast. you will be sore for a few days, but after that its golden.

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listen to these guys. when I got mine a month ago, I was having the same problem. that and my hands going numb. changed my riding position, nutz to tank, balls of feet on pegs heels slightly out, using your legs to press into the tank. your abs and legs will hold you on the bike all day long, and not get tired as fast. you will be sore for a few days, but after that its golden.
Same here, got mine a month ago and went through the same thing. You'll get use to it. My neck never hurt though.
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Couple easy and cheap things to try.
1. Never put your elbows straight, AKA don't lock your elbows
2. hold the handle bars loosely. Its just a place to keep your hands not something to keep yourself attached to the bike. Thats what your legs are for.
3. Grip the tank with your legs. Check out stomp grip traction pads.
4. The footpegs are designed for you to place your balls of your feet on, not your archs. Shift your foot forward when you need to shift then go back to the balls of your feet.
5. if your legs don't fit correctly into the tank check out the 5150 concept rearset raisers. They are cheap as dirt.
6. At stoplights stretch. Shift your seating position forward and back every once and a while, and when your sitting close to the thank try arching your back a little.
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6R is alot different than the 650 eh? You'll get used to. Like everyone says use your legs more for support and don't put all the weight into your arms.

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JK man, pretty much what has been said already is what you need to do.

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Couple easy and cheap things to try.
1. Never put your elbows straight, AKA don't lock your elbows
2. hold the handle bars loosely. Its just a place to keep your hands not something to keep yourself attached to the bike. Thats what your legs are for.
3. Grip the tank with your legs. Check out stomp grip traction pads.
4. The footpegs are designed for you to place your balls of your feet on, not your archs. Shift your foot forward when you need to shift then go back to the balls of your feet.
5. if your legs don't fit correctly into the tank check out the 5150 concept rearset raisers. They are cheap as dirt.
6. At stoplights stretch. Shift your seating position forward and back every once and a while, and when your sitting close to the thank try arching your back a little.
Evil gots it right.
+1 on Stomp Grips. Feels like the bike grips you.
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+1 on Stomp Grips. Feels like the bike grips you.
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I just rode for 2.5 hours in the country on my 250 and my wrists are a little tired, but damn are my nuts sore! On the plus side I think I'm now sterile.
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