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I am an old guy with a bad back. Is a sport bike easier or tougher on a back than a cruiser type motorcycle?

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Asked at 2009.12.19 18:39:21
Actually, the answer can be surprising. If, like me you tend to get lower back pain (mine is the result of an old skiing accident), you MIGHT find that a cruiser is WORSE for your back. This is because, in a more upright position, any shock is transmitted through the seat to your back. On a cruiser, because your back is upright, the shock can travel straight up your spine. on a sport bike, your spine is not aligned at right angles to the seat, and part of the shock is deflected through your hips and pelvis.

Of course; an extremely bent over position on a fully faired sportsbike can also cause you pain and discomfort, and some sportsbikes like the Ducati sports classic, or the supersports type models (1098 etc) can become very uncomfortable after a short peroid; even for younger riders with no back problems.

The answer is a naked sportsbike; which gives you the best of both worlds; being sporty, and also giving you a more upright position; but not too upright. The important thing here is that your spine is not upright, and you can take the strain off your back by gripping with your knees, or using the pegs.

I've known a few riders who have moved from a cruiser to a naked sportsbike (for performance reasons), and been surprised that their 'bad back' actually gave them less trouble.

I notice the same thing when I ride my scooter. Its more upright position (with no opportunity to take the strain off my back by gripping with my knees or taking the strain on the pegs) gives me a sore back after a while; whereas on my naked; although it can get uncomfortable, my lower back does not hurt.
answer AndrewG  Answered at 2009.12.19 18:39:21
Actually, the answer can be surprising. If, like me you tend to get lower back pain (mine is the result of an old skiing accident), you MIGHT find that a cruiser is WORSE for your back. This is because, in a more upright position, any shock is transmitted through the seat to your back. On a cruiser, because your back is upright, the shock can travel straight up your spine. on a sport bike, your spine is not aligned at right angles to the seat, and part of the shock is deflected through your hips and pelvis.

Of course; an extremely bent over position on a fully faired sportsbike can also cause you pain and discomfort, and some sportsbikes like the Ducati sports classic, or the supersports type models (1098 etc) can become very uncomfortable after a short peroid; even for younger riders with no back problems.

The answer is a naked sportsbike; which gives you the best of both worlds; being sporty, and also giving you a more upright position; but not too upright. The important thing here is that your spine is not upright, and you can take the strain off your back by gripping with your knees, or using the pegs.

I've known a few riders who have moved from a cruiser to a naked sportsbike (for performance reasons), and been surprised that their 'bad back' actually gave them less trouble.

I notice the same thing when I ride my scooter. Its more upright position (with no opportunity to take the strain off my back by gripping with my knees or taking the strain on the pegs) gives me a sore back after a while; whereas on my naked; although it can get uncomfortable, my lower back does not hurt.
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