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Old 11-05-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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I don't know if it's just me, but every time I sit on a CBR250R, I find it to be uncomfortable. The fairing digs into my thighs. Did anyone else feel this way when they first sat on the bike? If so, did it get any better after they had owned it for a little while?

When I put my feet up on the pegs, it feels really awkward; sort of cramped, and not very comfortable.

I'm not overweight at all, it's not that; I'm a regular guy.

Any thoughts?

Oh... 5'11, 32 inseam
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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I'm 6'1 and 250 and have never felt uncomfortable, excepting that my ass gets sore after awhile. Fixing that with some sort of seat mod next year. Maybe I don't have the fairing issue because my thighs are so fat that I don't notice it.
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Longest straight ride I had on the CBR was about 4 hours or so. I noticed minimal discomfort. Sit in any chair for 4 hours, and u feel discomfort regardless.

Maybe sit further back on your seat? Balls of your feet on the pegs?
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Longest straight ride I had on the CBR was about 4 hours or so. I noticed minimal discomfort. Sit in any chair for 4 hours, and u feel discomfort regardless.

Maybe sit further back on your seat? Balls of your feet on the pegs?
That could be it; I sit up against the tank, with my toes on the pegs. Maybe if I take a more relaxed posture. Problem is, I want the bike to be comfortable in that position...
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That could be it; I sit up against the tank, with my toes on the pegs. Maybe if I take a more relaxed posture. Problem is, I want the bike to be comfortable in that position...
I had the same tendency when I 1st started. Few people showed me how to better center myself on the bike, and also posture through turns and such. Does wonders for handling, and longer hauls.

I admit it was awkward at 1st but the mechanics work. The biggest thing I had to get used to was hugging the bike with my legs and riding with my core - no weight on my arms/hands.
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You're exactly my size - I don't have any comfort issues on this bike at this point, but I did a little bit in the beginning. I attribute it mostly to the fact that I was riding "tense", especially during my first few rides in traffic (I grew up riding dirt bikes and never had to deal with traffic). Check your posture, feel how much weight you're putting on the grips, how hard you're gripping, etc.

I did have someone tell me that when you start riding a new bike, certain muscles that normally don't get used as much will be sore early on, as you "work" them riding. There's a name for it, I just can't recall. Took me about 600 - 800 miles and it's all good now.

And while the 250 looks like a sport bike, the layout is quite different than a true sport bike (hop up on a 600RR and you'll know what I mean). The grips are higher, foot pegs lower, softer seat, etc.

Try some regular stretching exercises off the bike too. Not sure about the fairings digging into your thighs - are you pushing in too much / too hard with your legs?
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The discomfort I had at the very beginning was in my legs, to the point that I would get cramps to the right leg. Then i've read about riding position and started to seat further back, foot pegs under the balls of my feet, actively holding the tank with my knees. Discomfort gone.
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I do already use my legs to grip the tank, and my torso to hold me up instead of my arms. I'll try sitting back and see if that helps . When I say up against it, I don't mean pressing against it, or on it.

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[long post, bottom line, make adjustments]

seems to be individual interpretation of 'comfort'..
for me [5'7"] its very comfortable, as in natural feeling
and relaxing positioning.. has been from the start,
but over time has become even more, comfortable..
as the seat formed into my shape i thought perhaps it
might become a bit hard, but its progressively better
fit to my backs of legs and glutes has resulted in moving
back bit by bit further towards the seat rear stop..

so my riding position has evolved into my body shape
and my riding position has improved generally to suit
the ergonomics of the bike, as well as increased comfort..

usually with my road bikes the handlebars would be loosened
and ridden around testing subtle differences, including lever
adjustments etc until my hands/arms/shoulders and so on
satisfied me.. with this on it felt a touch 'out' but not enough
to warrant adjusting,, so i waited to see, but have settled into
the position as assembled..

some recommend sitting with the back of the glutes downward into
the seat surface, ie, with a 'rounded' or 'hunched' back, but this seems
ridiculous and dangerous to the back [to me] whereas my position
is based on sitting on - the backs of my upper thighs - together with
the front area of. by glutes and pelvic floor..
this brings a nice potential for movement upwards from feet/pegs
thru knees taking the weight upwards a bit, such as for when
crossing an irregular road surface, bump or under road pipe crossing etc.

if/when we cross some unnoticed bump the upward force therefrom
goes into the thighs as well as the glutes, thus avoiding being fed
directly into and up the back [this is fundamental and pivotal to
general spine/back health for motorcycles, in my opinion]..

altho, after 6 mths on the bike and taking notice of ergonomics etc,
recently she got a yoshimura rear step plate kit, resulting in pegs
now back 45mm and up 30mm [with up 45mm option]..

this is a refinement of my own ergonomics, resulting in subtle but
relevant changes in general riding position, from foot on pegs
and gear/brake levers [about to make subtle changes to gear level]
with ball of foot migrating slightly forwards [easier shifting etc]
which is slightly more stable for adding pressure to pegs etc..
also, my lower back/bottom at about coccyx level now just
touches the rear seat stop or shades it when riding,
pressing back into it a little on acceleration..

as feedback to anyone interested in this aspect of
personal ergonomics in riding position i recommend
these step plates as easy fitting, quality, and doing what
i wanted from them [hard riders might go up 45mm]..

comfort is such an important factor in [everything] riding
the motorcycle that it should never be overlooked..
small adjustments in riding position and behaviours
plus adjustments in extremeties of reach [bars, pegs, seat]
are not difficult or major expenses, and should be part of
every motorcyclists general maintenance of their bike...

if your uncomfortable, there will be a reason for it..
same same in bed with a hard pillow or whatever,
you make adjustments until you are, comfortable...

provided you can actually fit onto the bike,
and ride it with normal ranges of body movement
then the answer to minor discomfort lies with
your own adjustments rather than with
the motorcycle itself as a 'thing'
you occasionally sit on...
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I'm 5'10" and 250LBS and have never felt uncomfortable just got done with a 500 mile day and will do more in the morning
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