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    Unhappy Help! Acute shoulder pain when distance riding my GTL

    I have a 2012 GTL that I primarily enjoy on long distance rides (6+ hours daily). After about 3 hours or so I get acute pain across the top of my shoulders. I wear an Arai Signet Q helmet, mid-range in weight. If anyone has any experience or perspectives I would be most appreciative!

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    Welcome to the forum!
    A big heavy jacket can do it.
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    Thanks for the tip!

    I generally ride with a lighter jacket; I've made a note to stay away from the heavier ones.

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    I believe you are suffering from muscle fatigue. More riding and/or exercises that work on the muscles in question should help. You can also change your riding position by using handlebar risers.
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    Thanks for the info!

    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I believe you are suffering from muscle fatigue. More riding and/or exercises that work on the muscles in question should help. You can also change your riding position by using handlebar risers.
    I'm not sure there are risers made for the GTL, but I can sure beef up my shoulder weight work. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjlueders View Post
    I'm not sure there are risers made for the GTL, but I can sure beef up my shoulder weight work. Thanks!
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    Last edited by akbeemer; 04-08-2017 at 01:05 AM.
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    There are at least 3 different options for risers for the GTL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2ojc View Post
    There are at least 3 different options for risers for the GTL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
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    Thank you.

    I guess it would help if I elaborated.
    AS Cycles sells one version.
    Helibars sells a version.
    A member on the K1600 forum sells a version (the highest lift and most pullback of the 3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2ojc View Post
    Thank you.

    I guess it would help if I elaborated.
    AS Cycles sells one version.
    Helibars sells a version.
    A member on the K1600 forum sells a version (the highest lift and most pullback of the 3)
    Thanks for the info!

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    GTL Risers

    I'd like to connect with the member who might have information on risers for a 2012 GTL.

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    Have you ever tried a kidney belt? They're not "just" for kidneys - they support the lumbars and improve your overall posture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    Have you ever tried a kidney belt? They're not "just" for kidneys - they support the lumbars and improve your overall posture.
    Thanks for the thought. I have been considering using a kidney belt and may give one a try on my upcoming trip of about 1700 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjlueders View Post
    I'd like to connect with the member who might have information on risers for a 2012 GTL.
    What would you like to know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjlueders View Post
    I have a 2012 GTL that I primarily enjoy on long distance rides (6+ hours daily). After about 3 hours or so I get acute pain across the top of my shoulders. I wear an Arai Signet Q helmet, mid-range in weight. If anyone has any experience or perspectives I would be most appreciative!
    The Russel Day-Long seat change made a world of difference in my back and shoulder fatigue. When I ordered the seat I also added the adjustable back rest. That whole combination has been great and will probably extend my riding years. For what its worth.
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