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Hi all, I hate to admit this but I'd have to say I'm not very physically fit and tbo pretty stiff. I haven't riden much in the past three years and suffer from lower back pain, not all the time but it's certainly an issue, a sedentary lifestyle and sedentary desk job. Ironically I bought the 790D as my old 1977 Kawasaki Z1000A1 was just getting a bit heavy for my ageing bones :crying:

It's not the weight of the 790 that's an issue as it's 10 stones lighter than the Zed!!, and when I'm on the move I'm fine, it's really just initially getting my stiff limbs over the seat, and getting back off again. This will possibly become more of an issue when the PP tail bag arrives and I have to creak my leg over that as well :eek:

Does anyone have any pre-ride tips for limbering up, even more generally that would assist me over time?

I forgot how physically demanding riding a bike can be, and find I'm not really moving about and altering my weight about the seat like ti used to do due to being so stiff :eek:
 

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If I’m planning on riding for more than an hour, I always do warm up exercises & if I remember “warm down” exercises.

Ride magazine printed some a few years back & it definitely makes a big difference as I can ride “spiritedly” all day without much in the way of aches & pains.

The areas I concentrate on are:
LOWER BACK, hold right elbow with left hand & gently twist upper torso 10 times, swap to other elbow/hand & repeat.
HIPS, stand on left leg (maybe hold onto something until you get used to it!) lift right leg until thigh is parallel to ground, move right knee to the right gently until you feel the hamstrings pulls a little bit, return knee to in front of you, repeat 6 times.
HIPS, BACK COMBO, stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms out in front of you as if holding handlebars, squat down as if on your bike & back up again, repeat 10 times.
SHOULDERS. shrug shoulders up, down in a circular movement, 6 times.
NECK, gently turn your head left then right as far as is comfortable 6 times.
WRISTS, roll wrists in a circular motion 10 times.

Sorry it’s a bit long, but really only takes 5 minutes & you may look/feel a bit silly, but you won’t be the one aching at the end of you ride :)

Enjoy your 790, I’m smiling every time I ride.
 

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I can confirm it certainly takes a little more effort to get the leg up and over the pp tailbag.😁
 

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I'm 72 in 2 months and have damaged knees from old sporting injuries. I find that half an hour on an exercycle most days makes a massive difference to my comfort. It's not so much when I'm on the bike when the problem arises but walking around when I get off. Cycling regularly really does make a worthwhile difference in keeping joints freed up.

I used to take part in the NZ Iron Butt 1600 km in under 24 hours events. For long rides like that, the most effective way of coping was to simply build up the distances over the preceding few weeks to get ride fit, then do stretches at every gas stop.
 

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Yoga and of physical therapy.

I’m 79 + and yes we ache but you’ll need to keep moving. I just finished a 4 day 1400 mile ride with old guys who were riding BMW 1200 RT’s and GT’s. I ride along with them and while I was a bit sore and tired after each day a hot shower beer and a whiskey fixed me right up.

Keep moving and get help if you need it. YOGA will work wonders for limbering you up and stretching.
 

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At 80+ I went to the 790 to continue riding.
Exercise 3/week plus stretching daily. Sometimes i have to bounce a bit to get my leg over seat bag first time in the early morning. Dropping my knee toward the seat keeps my boot high to clear the seat bag. I use every trick I can to continue riding. Just a few more years ... repeat as needed.
 

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Yoga and of physical therapy.

I’m 79 + and yes we ache but you’ll need to keep moving. I just finished a 4 day 1400 mile ride with old guys who were riding BMW 1200 RT’s and GT’s. I ride along with them and while I was a bit sore and tired after each day a hot shower beer and a whiskey fixed me right up.

Keep moving and get help if you need it. YOGA will work wonders for limbering you up and stretching.
A hot shower before you attempt to get on the bike tends to help softning the muscles, but like Stephano said, a good whiskey (single malt) but try it after your shower preceding the bike ride, does wonders for your confidence also.............Oh, only a nip, not half a bottle.:wink:
 

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As you lift your foot above seat and/or seat bag, instead of trying to increase the height of your entire leg, rotate your leg to leave the foot high, lowering your bent knee toward the rider portion of the seat. It does not take much rotation to keep your boot high enough to clear the seat bag. Hard to explain
 

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As you lift your foot above seat and/or seat bag, instead of trying to increase the height of your entire leg, rotate your leg to leave the foot high, lowering your bent knee toward the rider portion of the seat. It does not take much rotation to keep your boot high enough to clear the seat bag. Hard to explain
That's exactly what I do! My alternative to get on the bike when the tail pack is on is to lift my leg at right angles and hop forward on one leg. The reverse for getting off. Sounds and looks ridiculous but it works :smile:
 

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As you lift your foot above seat and/or seat bag, instead of trying to increase the height of your entire leg, rotate your leg to leave the foot high, lowering your bent knee toward the rider portion of the seat. It does not take much rotation to keep your boot high enough to clear the seat bag. Hard to explain
Thanks, does make sense!
 

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My topbox is too tall to lift my leg over. I find it easiest to mount the bike from the right side. I put my left knee on the seat, lean a bit left, put my right foot on the peg and stand up. Then I can lift my left leg over the seat without any strain.
 
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