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Unhappy How can I prolong my riding time...? - August 26, 2008, 09:43 AM

So as many of you know from experience riding for more than two hours seems more like a chore than fun. Somewhere around and hour and a half my neck and top of shoulders get so sore that I find it hard to concentrate on my riding because the whole time I'm trying to stretch my neck and shoulders... I have an HJC helmet and at the time of purchase I held $$$ in more importance than helmet quality. Now I'm not bashing HJC, I like my helmet but it seems fairly heavy. I also have a huge head so I have an XL helmet which doesn't help my neck and shoulders situation.

Short of buying a new helmet are there any tips you can share to help with my riding fatigue. I already tried sitting upright as much as possible but it doesn't help much and it takes away from really having fun out on the roads.

Are there any good strength exercises I can try to maximize my neck and shoulder strength?

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Get a smaller head ya freak.

LOL seriously though...work out, ride more, take short breaks every hour or so. That should help.


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Get a smaller head ya freak.

LOL seriously though...work out, ride more, take short breaks every hour or so. That should help.
LMAO I wish I could visit a head shrink!

Not to naysay your reply because I appreciate the tips but,

I go running about 4 times a week but don't lift weights to often, I ride 80+ miles total to work and back most days if the weather cooperates and with traffic it turns into an hour and 15+ minutes each way, and I hate pulling over and wasting time on the side of the road.

What types of exercise would you recommend. Give examples or try to explain if you would

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August 26, 2008, 10:09 AM

I'm sort of in the same boat. I start to get saddle sore after about ~1.5hrs. Then everything starts getting sore. I have a very short commute.

The difference is what im doing. If im slabbing it for long periods, i get tired much faster. If im mostly in the twisties either i dont notice or im moving enough to keep the blood flowing.


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My neck and shoulders get sore when I'm being lazy about my riding and putting too much weight on my wrists. I use my abs and legs to keep the weight off my hands and it doesn't hurt so much.


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My neck and shoulders get sore when I'm being lazy about my riding and putting too much weight on my wrists. I use my abs and legs to keep the weight off my hands and it doesn't hurt so much.
Im generally good with this except if im in stop n go traffic.


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August 26, 2008, 10:13 AM

You would be suprised at how much a short (+-5) minute break will actually help.


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August 26, 2008, 10:18 AM

I have a XL(size) HJC also, the model with the Sun Shade built in and I have the same problem.
It's funny you wrote this thread, because I was wondering the same thing. I thought maybe it would get better as I rode more, but it hasn't.

In conclusion the helmet is just to big and heavy. By washing the inside linings for the helmet there was some improvement.

Really considering buying a new helmet soon, but boy what a waste of money that will be, since mines is brand new.

Not sure what I am going to do yet.....

In terms of exercises to help thus, I just ride and suck it up, and try to work out every week.
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August 26, 2008, 10:22 AM

Work out, stretch your muscles. If it continues, see a chiropractor. You may have tension on your upper spine causing stiffness and fatigue. Good doc fix you right up.
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Get a lighter helmet. Really makes the difference. I wear Shoei X-11 and Shark RSR2 and they are some of the lightest, well made helmets out there. Zero neck fatigue ever.


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Is it due to wind wobble? I'd like to get a double bubble windscreen to help deflect the wind OVER my head vs. right at it...
*shrug*


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Is it due to wind wobble? I'd like to get a double bubble windscreen to help deflect the wind OVER my head vs. right at it...
*shrug*
you may be onto something here...I know on my old CBRF3, I used to get blasted in the face all day long and it got old and tiring. On my new 600RR, I don't hardly get any wind that is noticeable. I did get a lighter helmet as well and that has helped.


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