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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-25-2009, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Does any one here use back support while riding? My back is starting to hurt more and more and although riding is not the cause of my back pain, it's for sure not helping it either.
The biggest problem I have is when the wind blows up or down my jacket and hits my lower back so I'm looking for a simple back brace that is comfy while riding.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-25-2009, 11:35 AM
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most back braces, are only made to help you with lifting stuff, and they only do that by making anything but the proper lifting position uncomfortable, so it forces you to be in the proper lifting position when you lift, thus helping prevent injury. I would imagine, wearing one of them while riding would be very uncomfortable.

Maybe try wearing a back protector/spine protector? (that's what i do)

And the wind issue, is the cool air the issue causing your discomfort? ie.: when the cool air hits your back you tense up and it hurts? Or is it that the wind catches your jacket and jerks you around a bit? If it is just catching, maybe get a jacket that can zip to some riding pants so it can't go trough the jacket like a wind tunnel.

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A kidney belt is what I have used for 35+ years. I don't use it much on the road unless I'm on a long trip with several days in a row of high mileage ( although there have been days when I've been on long rides locally and wished I had one with me), but I never ride in the dirt or race without one. Kidney belts were standard gear for motorcycle riders long ago when bikes were rigid and they do support the lower back. There are many different kinds. Check into something like a GoldBelt. If nothing else it will support your lower back and add an extra layer of protection against the cold wind.

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Raising the bars might help some. You won't have to lean forward as much. Good luck.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-26-2009, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'll look into the kidney belt more.

As for the wind, it's the cold wind. Even when I wear my pants zippered to my jacket and my jacket tight, some how a little breeze still gets to my back. If it's warm out, no issues, if it is cool out then my back stiffens up and starts to hurt after a while.
(A while being anywhere from 30min to a couple hours depending on the outside temp.)

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I have the same issue with colds weather. It definitely helps wearing lumbar support belts (sold at Walmart and Sports authority) . http://www.sportsauthority.com/famil...077568.3077641 . These are mostly useful for trapping heat and keeping area warm. In fact , if you wear it for few days, the symptoms may go away completely.

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There was this Dainese BP / Suit that had Kidney support in it.... let me find it.


Are you sure it's muscular ( back ) pain and not Kidneys ?


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Are you sure it's muscular ( back ) pain and not Kidneys ?


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Oh god I hope my kidneys are not going. I've already had problems with my liver, my portal vein and my spleen I really don't need to add to the list of bad body parts.

I assume it's muscular cause if I lay on a heating pad for an hour or take some Motrin the pain goes away. And no, I can not take more Motrin cause I'm already having problems from that.

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The heating pad and Ibuprophen will ease kidney pain as well. Two things I would advise: 1. Have your Doctor do a blood and urine test to check your kidney function. If it comes back normal, you're in good shape. If not, you can do what needs to be done to get things back to normal. If your kidneys are functioning normal, then you know for sure your problems are muscular.
2. If you are having trouble with Motrin (Ibuprophen) Try using Naproxin Sodium ( Aleve) instead. They are both NSAID's ( Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and the Naproxin Sodium (Aleve...but buy the house brand / generic and save bucks) is easier on your stomach and system plus you take MUCH less for the same result.
Lower back pain and discomfort is not uncommon in motorcyclists... even in this modern suspension age!...Why do you think most older guys like me opt for bikes with a more upright sitting position ( I bought an '05 T 100 Bonneville even though I wanted a Thruxton!) and know all about kidney belts (or lumbar support belts) and NSAID's?

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Went to Walgreens yesterday before heading to Portillos and picked up an ACE back bandage thing that is suppose to help keep the lower back warm. Used it on the ride all night last night and so far it's been well worth the money.

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if you still have problems try a full back protector. i cinch it up tight and have noticed a big difference in my fatigue level on longer rides. i didn't buy one for that reason it's just something i noticed. it will also snug your jacket up if your having problems with it flapping around. and of course offers your spine more protection.

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I think that all the Dainese BAP and some of the Wave back-protectors come with the support/kidney belt.

http://www.dainese.com/us_en/motorbi...-6.html?cat=41

http://www.dainese.com/us_en/motorbi...42.html?cat=41
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