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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Low back pain on cruiser.

Hello, have had my first Harley (19 sport glide) for about a month now. Unfortunately I get low back pain fairly quickly when on it. I'm talking like 20min. I'm in decent shape, 34yrs old former collegiate athlete still workout regularly with a few lingering back pains but nothing major. I come from sportbikes and still currently ride a panigale it's never an issue.

Love the sport glide but sadly when I'm on it at times I can't wait to get off. I read that the feet forward position places extra weight on the spine which can cause it but I used to own a boulevard m90 for a little while and didn't have this issue. Question is what should I look at first to modify to help with this, seat, handlebars, foot positioning? I try to focus on posture as well but it doesn't seem to help.
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I have recently encountered the low back pain thing, but I managed to overcome most of it by wearing a back support brace. Available at Wally World or most sporting goods places. The forward controls may be having and effect, but having little experience with them, I can't really give you anything useful. BTW, I also have a back rest on my Ultra that helps a lot for all day riding.
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Hello, have had my first Harley (19 sport glide) for about a month now. Unfortunately I get low back pain fairly quickly when on it. I'm talking like 20min. I'm in decent shape, 34yrs old former collegiate athlete still workout regularly with a few lingering back pains but nothing major. I come from sportbikes and still currently ride a panigale it's never an issue.

Love the sport glide but sadly when I'm on it at times I can't wait to get off. I read that the feet forward position places extra weight on the spine which can cause it but I used to own a boulevard m90 for a little while and didn't have this issue. Question is what should I look at first to modify to help with this, seat, handlebars, foot positioning? I try to focus on posture as well but it doesn't seem to help.
If you sit on your wallet (hip pocket) , it is shifting your hips/ spine out of alignment. And with forward controls on your bike ,every bump you hit in the road is transferred from the road to your butt, then your lower back, your feet and legs can do little to soften the impact like you could if you had floor boards.
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Yea I never hold anything in my back pockets. I will start with a back brace before dropping $400 on a seat. Do floorboards make a difference?
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A backrest is wonderful. Your HD may let you tryout new seats. See if you find one you like.
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Don't worry about the bars yet. Find somewhere (since it's a 2019, start with a Harley Dealer) and see if there's some seats for yours you can try. Find one that when you sit on it, it naturally puts your lower half in a comfortable position (where you don't have to focus on maintaining posture, it naturally puts you in a comfortable one).

Then, find handlebars that are comfortable after you square the seat away. You can't really judge what bars are comfortable until after you know where and how you'll be sitting.
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Second vase for a backrest. Worked for me.
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I can relate to low back pain--I have bulging and/or herniated discs. Try to sleep on my side at night. If I sleep on my back when I get up it really hurts and I can't stand straight up, walk around like a crippled guy for maybe 30-40 minutes.

But, strange as it may seem, unless it is one of those times I maybe strained my back a little and have light/moderate pain for several days or a week, riding doesn't really hurt my back. Even all day rides.

Not long ago I put a backrest on. But not one of those expensive HD backrests where ya gotta buy the really expensive mounting kit for it. I bought a "Grasshopper" brand backrest. It is not adjustable. They make backrests for about all HD bikes. And the really simplified mounting kit comes with the backrest. And you can mount it in maybe 5 minutes, don't know why Harley couldn't come up with something simple and cheap like Grasshopper did. You can get the whole kit for about $85. And if you want to remove it just pull it off but, so far since I put mine on, I have no reason to take it off. And IT DOES make my back feel better after being out several hours. Here is a Grasshopper link:

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Depending on how tall you are. Forward controls and bars causing you bend in middle. I sat on one and felt right at home being 6'. Bending forward puts a strain on lower back. Doesn't take much pressure to damage lower back. Orthopedic doc said less 30# put immense pressure there. Leverage at work. Try backing off the preload on rear suspension.
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