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I just purchased a Road Glide. I love it but now my lower back gets sore after only a half our on the bike.
So...I am thinking its the seat. Any recommendations?
 

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Could be seat and or bars. If you are reaching/leaning too much that will put a bunch more pressure on those lower discs. What year bike and is it the stock seat? Also, what is your height and inseam?
 

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I just purchased a Road Glide. I love it but now my lower back gets sore after only a half our on the bike.
So...I am thinking its the seat. Any recommendations?

I am confused. Your join date is 2013 and your sig says you have a 2013, but your post says you just bought a road glide. ???
 

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New bars will make a huge difference for sure depending on what you select.

A different seat & different bars will make it even better.

Good Luck

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1st - Seat with rider backrest (must have RBR) then,
2nd - Bars (bars before seat doesn't help you at all), and
3rd - maybe your leg position? Do you have highway pegs?
 

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Sorry to confuse anyone.
I picked up my new 2018 'Glide this past Sunday.
When i start off on a ride, it all feels comfortable, but within several minutes...soreness begins. I have to more around for it to ease.
I was contemplating on where to start...bars or seat.
I can adjust the bars for nothing, but then again..if I get a new seat I can also adjust the bars.
Overall i was wondering if anyone had bought a new glide and had the same issues.
I am 5'11" with a 32 inseam.
 

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Sorry to confuse anyone.
I picked up my new 2018 'Glide this past Sunday.
When i start off on a ride, it all feels comfortable, but within several minutes...soreness begins. I have to more around for it to ease.
I was contemplating on where to start...bars or seat.
I can adjust the bars for nothing, but then again..if I get a new seat I can also adjust the bars.
Overall i was wondering if anyone had bought a new glide and had the same issues.
I am 5'11" with a 32 inseam.
I am similar height and inseam. Let me keep the bike for a week and I'll tell you if I experience similar problems.>:)

Seriously, get with the fitment specialist at your dealership and check to make sure the shocks are adjusted properly (e.g., if air, at least 20 psi). If adjustments are needed, start with the bars, then the seat.
 
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My FXR was killing my back. I changed the bars. No joy. Finally I re foamed my Mustang seat and no more back pain. I would never have guessed that the seat was causing back pain, but it was.
 

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Sorry to confuse anyone.
I picked up my new 2018 'Glide this past Sunday.
When i start off on a ride, it all feels comfortable, but within several minutes...soreness begins. I have to more around for it to ease.
I was contemplating on where to start...bars or seat.
I can adjust the bars for nothing, but then again..if I get a new seat I can also adjust the bars.
Overall i was wondering if anyone had boughti a new glide and had the same issues.
I am 5'11" with a 32 inseam.

Congrats. My opinion may differ from others, but I believe that you should only use the bars to rest your fingers and not hold yourself up with them. Your core muscles hold you up.

The bars should be where your hands and arms are relaxed. I always use the cruise control unless in traffic or twisted. I am relaxed. 2 fingers resting on the clutch lever and 2 fingers resting on the front brake. I keep my posture upright and my core engaged.

Of course if I know I am going to drone down a straight road, I lean back an put my feet on the highway boards, but my arms are still relaxed.

If you have a wheel chock put the bike in it and sit on the bike without touching the bars. Hands on your legs. When you feel like your body is balanced in that position close your eyes and put your hands where you think they would comfortably grasp the bars. That is where your grips should be located.

I sit in every used bike with different handlebars than stock and with most of them I just shake my head and wonder what they were thinking.

Your dealer should have demo seats to try for free and give them a ride for an hour each to see what you like. I am same height as you and like the low tour for how it puts me in the bike.
 

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I have a mustang 79446 solo and a pillion for the rear...seats..ugh...my recommendation is to check out your friends..or go to a meet and try some out...
 
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I changed bars (13" apes) added rider back rest and had the bucket of the seat dug out (lowered) for more lowerback support .. 600+ mile days .. no back problems... knees and arse are a different story


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As you probably know, there is a lot of difference amongst riders, which is why you are getting so many suggestions. What has worked for someone in the past may not work for you. Chasing all of the suggestions will cost you lots of time, backaches and hundreds of dollars. The cheapest work-aound you could try is a back support belt. And, as suggested above, don't lean on your bars. Sit upright; leaning on your bars will also make your hands go numb. Just my $0.02. Good luck on your terrific new ride...
 

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Well, i never have leaned on my bars..but it seems my seat pushes me forward and down, and the handle bars push me back..so..
Not sure how adjusting these bars will work...looks like they will go up and down but not too much front to back.
I am looking for a seat that will put me back a little bit..
 

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Well, i never have leaned on my bars..but it seems my seat pushes me forward and down, and the handle bars push me back..so..
Not sure how adjusting these bars will work...looks like they will go up and down but not too much front to back.
I am looking for a seat that will put me back a little bit..
Ask your dealer to let you try the low tour solo seat. You sit down and back.

Plus it looks good on the bike.
 

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So..i put the bike in a stand up chock. When i sat on her, I noticed my legs are not parallel to the ground..my knees are a little higher than my hips.
I closed my eyes and did a comfort reach forward for an idea of where handlebar comfort may be and I found the current bars may need to be lowered...but WAIT.
first to get my legs parallel or less to the ground and little lower than my hips...
 

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I got a little longer without pain but not much on my 17 RGS. Ditched the seat at 500 miles switching to a Mustang solo and pillion. I also moved the boards out 3/4'. I can now do 5-600 miles in a day with no issues. Looking at bars next because of some wrist issues.
 

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Sounds like you went from a 13 to a 17. If you still have the the 13 try that seat on the 17. I had 2 different stock seats for my 15, 1st was fine 2nd was horrible. Bought a LePera & love it.
 

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Sounds like you went from a 13 to a 17. If you still have the the 13 try that seat on the 17. I had 2 different stock seats for my 15, 1st was fine 2nd was horrible. Bought a LePera & love it.
Went from 13 to 18. I read somewhere that my upper leg angle should be parallel or angled downward slightly for comfort. As mentioned earlier, my angle goes up...
My old bike is as the dealers. I plan to go there this Saturday and see if they will help...If I need a new seat and handlebars adjusted they "may" give me a discount..I mean I would think they would.

edit: I recall making a remark at the dealership of how low the back end looked..I wonder if that might be an issue...
 
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