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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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help, my back hurts!

hey! well, i just got my new road glide and loving every minute of it except my back starts to hurt after a while. i had a night train with 16" gangster apes, but i don't want to go that high on the road glide. i get the feeling that the 2010 road glide is a bit longer from the neck to the seat than the night train. so, i need something with a little more pullback and a couple more inches of rise from stock to get my hands level or just below my shoulders. as i sit now i'm hunched over and reaching down.
i'm 5'10" and would like some opinions on what bars to get. i like the looks of the yaffe bars, but i don't think they would reduce the reach.
i'm gonna run out of pain pills soon. lol.
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I was right where you are with the back pain. I installed a heritage handlebars and it solved my problem. Did not have to install longer wires for the switches or change the cables. Took about 2.5 hours because I had to pull the outer fairing (1st time) and didn't want to scratch it. I am 5.9 so this may work for you too.
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hey! well, i just got my new road glide and loving every minute of it except my back starts to hurt after a while. i had a night train with 16" gangster apes, but i don't want to go that high on the road glide. i get the feeling that the 2010 road glide is a bit longer from the neck to the seat than the night train. so, i need something with a little more pullback and a couple more inches of rise from stock to get my hands level or just below my shoulders. as i sit now i'm hunched over and reaching down.
i'm 5'10" and would like some opinions on what bars to get. i like the looks of the yaffe bars, but i don't think they would reduce the reach.
i'm gonna run out of pain pills soon. lol.
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IMO, would suggest you get settled on a specific seat before you start making changes to the bars / shield. There's a lot of us on here who have fought for the perfect combination of seat, bars and shield. The bars will be the most expensive to change (unless your doing all the labor yourself, then it'snot too bad).

If you use the search feature on this forum, you'll find very extensive threads on all these topics. Your specific height, weight, inseam, and arm length will be critical pieces.

For example, I'm 6', 215lbs, 31" inseam and 16 1/2"-17' sleeve. I'm perfectly comfortable with the stock seat (redone by MCC to move me forward 1") with the stock bars, and the standard height Clearview windshield. I also have a Harley Hammock seat that while it is huge, and not good looking is damn hard to beat for 600-700 miles days on the bike.

Good luck with your search for the perfect fit.

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I put on a pair of stock e glide bars on mine and it has solved my problem. I have short arms. They are a little taller and come back a little more. I put them on myself and a friend game me a set of take offs. No cable changes. My investment $0.00. I did have to roll them back a little farther than I wanted to clear my Klock Werks 12" windshield. They sick out past the fork at the bottom but I am the only one who can see that.
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A rider back rest was one of the greatest purchases on my bike for back pain!
Im 5'6" and have a bulged lower disc from getting beat up on my 06 SG.
I dont know why I never bough a back rest for it.
'Besides the handlebar reach on the new RG, I have pretty much eliminated the lower back pain by having some support from the back rest.

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I was right where you are with the back pain. I installed a heritage handlebars and it solved my problem. Did not have to install longer wires for the switches or change the cables. Took about 2.5 hours because I had to pull the outer fairing (1st time) and didn't want to scratch it. I am 5.9 so this may work for you too.
Are you able to keep the whole brake unit together with the res full? Or do you have to bleed them after the bars are installed.


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When you guys say back pain are we talking lower, or across the shoulders? I have shoulder/upper back issues since I got my glide. Everything I read say it's the bars. I'm thinking 13 inch apes, but would that hurt or help? What is the issue with the bars? Angle, width, pull back ? This issue is my only gripe with my RG.
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When you guys say back pain are we talking lower, or across the shoulders? I have shoulder/upper back issues since I got my glide. Everything I read say it's the bars. I'm thinking 13 inch apes, but would that hurt or help? What is the issue with the bars? Angle, width, pull back ? This issue is my only gripe with my RG.
for me it's in my middle back, just under my shoulder blades. i think i need another inch or two of pullback and up a couple of inches to get rid of the reaching down/hunched over issue.
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anyone know the dimensions on the stock bars? like how much pullback, width, and rise they have? i bet if i knew that i could narrow down the thousands of possibilities of bars. i gues i could measure width and rise myself, anyone know thye pullback? don't know how to measure pullback.
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anyone know the dimensions on the stock bars? like how much pullback, width, and rise they have? i bet if i knew that i could narrow down the thousands of possibilities of bars. i gues i could measure width and rise myself, anyone know thye pullback? don't know how to measure pullback.
Not sure of the dimensions on the stock bars. Once you have the dimensions you need to be careful when comparing bars from different manufacturers they are all measured differently. Please see the link to the thread below.

https://www.roadglide.org/showthread.php?t=1529
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