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Here's something to ponder:

On my old 1100 and my slightly younger 1500, my legs were never at rest. Highway boards, Mic-O-Pegs, whatever.... my legs always felt the need to stretch when on a ride of over 200 miles. My hips would also ache.........

But on my ST1300, my legs and hips don't ache... I don't seem to need to stretch! Honest..... my feet go on the standard issue foot pegs and rest there, seemingly forever. I've done a 482 mile day on the crazy thing, and the only discomfort seems to be a mild case of saddle pressure, which I thinkI caneasily fix.

What I'm pondering is how come the slightly leaning forward ride position of my ST1300 is more comfortable that the bolt upright position of a heavy tourer or cruiser bike? By all laws of physics and common wisdom, that just shouldn't be happening......

I'm not complaining, mind you..... I'm just pondering!
 

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Hmmmmm, interesting side effect.

Wonder if it hasto do with the position of the spine. If you look at the way we walk we walk leaning slightly forward (at least I do) and this may be a more natural position for the spine and everything is inline and nothing is being pressed on.......
 

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That might be true.....

Also, I was thinking that the hips, or legs, aren't quite as "bent" as they are sitting bolt upright.... not quite 90-degrees....... legs are more naturally extended. Something is different, sure, and I think that something is good!

All conjecture of course.....
 

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i had that problem with my 85 aspy , i did make it better , i moved the trunk back 3 in. and then the seat bck all the way , then i made new holders for my forward floor boards to get them out away from engine guard and on a bit of a angle , alot better ride for me now
 

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Cousin Jack wrote:
That might be true.....

Also, I was thinking that the hips, or legs, aren't quite as "bent" as they are sitting bolt upright.... not quite 90-degrees....... legs are more naturally extended. Something is different, sure, and I think that something is good!

All conjecture of course.....
As long as it works for you, it's good........:waving:
 

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I'm sure that you never considered for a moment you might just be an odd duck!:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:

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Too bad we don't have some doctor on here that could explain that one to us. I have often wondered about that myself. Although I can't ride leaning forward anymore, without the backrest I probably would not be able to ride long that way either. The back rest makes a difference for me now. Hope we find out if there is really an answer to that.:?
 

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I can't ride leaning forward at all.

either I sit up straight with a back rest, or I don't ride a bike.
 

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It's kind of funny that you mention that you're very comfortable on the ST. I have felt the same way about the 1800 and I was mentioning it to one of my friends the other day. On my '83 Aspy, I always felt a little uncomfortable in the legs after a long ride, I used my highway pegs a lot. When I got the 1800, I bought highway pegs because I thought that I would need them and I almost never use them. I guess that the 1800 is just right for me, of course I'm only 5'8" with a 30" inseam. Okay, stop laughing now!:cheeky1::cheeky1:

I really want to try an ST, I almost bought that instead of the 1800. I guess Honda designed something right.
 

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I wonder if it is in the width of the over-all bike. When i first got the 1200 it seemed very wide and made me spread out more than any other bike. My hips did get a little funky feeling until I got used to the bigger/wider bike. Now that I am used to it, alls good.

Thats why I call it the "Water Buffalo"......... gotta wrap your leggs around it.

My Bro-in-law says the same thing about my wing, as he rides a v-twin and his bike is narrower.
 

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Aw come on,,,, it's really simple...

Now that you have moved back towards a semi-crotchrocket type bike, you are starting to regress back towards that younger mind set!! :D

We're going to have to keep an eye on you! Next thing we know, we'll be seeing photos of you riding wheelies down the center of the road..:action:

Who know, soon you might feel like you did when you were 18,,,,

heaven help Red!:D
 

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I think we all recognize that each of our bodies are comfortable in different positions. That's why they make different size women. :cheeky1::cheeky1:

I set my goldwing backrest a little forward and ride in more of a forward position like you would be in on a 1300. My legs like that certain bend and that's where I can go longer distances between stretches. If I sit back and upright, my legs start to hurt after a while.
 

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Cousin Jack wrote:
What I'm pondering is how come the slightly leaning forward ride position of my ST1300 is more comfortable that the bolt upright position of a heavy tourer or cruiser bike? By all laws of physics and common wisdom, that just shouldn't be happening......

I'm not complaining, mind you..... I'm just pondering!
Several decades ago when I worked in a small bicycle shop, it was explained to me this way by a long-distance 10 speed cyclist...

Sitting straight up puts all of your upper bodyweight directly on your lower spine and hips (which also means your hips/lower spine are absorbing all the hits fromany bumps in the road). Sitting in a leaned forward position allows you to distrubutea good dealof that weight thru your arms/upper bodyinstead of entirely thru your back/spine.
 

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Cousin Jack wrote:
What I'm pondering is how come the slightly leaning forward ride position of my ST1300 is more comfortable that the bolt upright position of a heavy tourer or cruiser bike? By all laws of physics and common wisdom, that just shouldn't be happening......

I'm not complaining, mind you..... I'm just pondering!
Several decades ago when I worked in a small bicycle shop, it was explained to me this way by a long-distance 10 speed cyclist...

Sitting straight up puts all of your upper bodyweight directly on your lower spine and hips (which also means your hips/lower spine are absorbing all the hits fromany bumps in the road). Sitting in a leaned forward position allows you to distrubutea good dealof that weight thru your arms/upper bodyinstead of entirely thru your back/spine.

That's true. When I was in my early twenties I use to ride 300 miles a week on a bicycle. But if you lean to far forwrd on a bicycle, it cuts the blood flow off to certain male anatomy possibly making a man impodent. :shock::shock:
 

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CJ,

Sounds like you're really enjoying the ST. I'm absolutely loooovviing mine. Glad you like it.

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It could also be in relation to where the handle bars are. If they are farther ahead it will cause your pelvis to tilt. I think for most long rides you should have about a 70 to 80 degrees of bend from back to legs.

But then again, I could just be blowing smoke like Samson was before I ripped him apart.

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i had that problem with my 85 aspy , i did make it better , i moved the trunk back 3 in. and then the seat bck all the way , then i made new holders for my forward floor boards to get them out away from engine guard and on a bit of a angle , alot better ride for me now
Hey show us some pictures, we love pictures :action::blowingup:
 

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Too bad we don't have some doctor on here that could explain that one to us. I have often wondered about that myself. Although I can't ride leaning forward anymore, without the backrest I probably would not be able to ride long that way either. The back rest makes a difference for me now. Hope we find out if there is really an answer to that.:?
Isn't Rodger a docter:baffled:
 

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I agree with drknobs, I like the position because it takes some weight off my tailbone but it makes my neck hurt to have to tilt my head back so I can see ahead.
 
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