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Aug 09

Posts: 141

gingerB says:

Newbie on motorway with neck ache Help!!


I've been riding for 4 years passed test last year but have only just got a big enough bike to go on motorways.  I have a Kawasaki er6n but i'm getting battered at speeds above 60mph.  I can't afford a screen and the suitable ones for my bike dont look that affective so how can i stop my neck ache.  It feels like my head is being blown off :ph43r:

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Aug 08

Posts: 340

BadD0g says:

Neck ache

If you can't buy a new screen, then the best advice I could give would be endure it, you'll get used to it :)

I don't have any fairing at all and typically cruise at 80-90 on the motorway when conditions allow... I remember it was fairly intense on the neck at the beginning, but it doesn't bother me much any more.  My neck must have strengthened up :D

Also, try tilting your head up and down a bit... I find a few degrees can make a big difference to how your helmet works in the aerodynamics department - then from there you can try putting your helmet on at a slightly different angle, with the chinbar maybe a fraction higher and lower.  Not too dramatic though, as you obviously must wear your helmet in a fashion that it's gonna do it's job if it needs to :)

Aside from buying a big screen, this is the best advice I can give you I'm afraid!

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Mar 09

Posts: 9101

jaffa90 says:


Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,go slower,ride close up to a big wagon,(only kidding)wear a neck brace,buy a tourer with full screen,buy a car or paint/paper a few ceilings every week to strenghthen your neck muscles like Mike Tyson.:shock:

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:

Had on of these

as a courtesy bike the other week  -   found that tipping my head forward to stop too much air pressure getting under my chin helped matters.

In time you'll get used to it.....

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Aug 10

Posts: 57

sar02 says:

neck ache

i had this problem a few years ago on a sv650,my remedy was to put on higher bars to allow me to be in a more upright sitting position,this may not be a solution for you but think about bar risers,easy to fit and lifts the upper body a bit,less angle on the neck.:smile

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Aug 07

Posts: 4229

used2bfast says:

Can't afford a screen?

You can't afford £100 (or less)?

Ask Oldish, he has one he ain't usin':wink:

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nev & leanne


Jun 07

Posts: 1945

nev & leanne says:

Do your

little handies get cold as well :biggrin:

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Sep 10

Posts: 2255


get a better helmet...

try my centrurion circa 1974.

its a classic. its made of asbestos and fibreglass.

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May 06

Posts: 788


......@ Nev and Leann :smiley::smiley::smiley:

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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:

Neck ache

Hey GingerB -

It's posture and tensing as much as anything most of the time.  If you're gripping the bars like grim death, on account of going at faster speeds and all that, it's quite possible it's going to have an effect in the neck after a while.

Look out for tensing the shoulders too - do that for an hour or so, and you'll definitely have neck-ache.

Try rocking your head from side to side, rotate it around to get cricks out of it, and make sure you flex it and your shoulders plenty when you stop, and before you get on in the first place.

You'll get used to it after a while, relax more, and have fewer problems.  If you're worried about neck-ache, you'll tense up more and make it worse!

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Aug 09

Posts: 141

gingerB says:

Thanks All

Thanks for all useful and none useful advise - much appreciated - I just gonna keep going on short stretches of motorway before i try a long journey - it all a learning curve :biggrin:

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