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Loving my '01 Spirit (thousand miles in under a month) but I can tell it's not set up for me for an all day trip. After about 30 minutes I start feeling a twinge between my shoulder blades (pinched nerve from way back).

I've brought the handlebars down and back about one inch with Rox Speed risers and that helped. I've considered an extra set of footpegs set back in a more neutral position, but that would be too involved to install (and I'm not even talking moving the shifter or brake pedal back). It also feels better if I make a special effort not to hunch over.

So right now I'm thinking moving my seating position forward would be a good option. This would have the benefit of both reducing my "hunch over" as well as effectively reducing the relative forward position of the footpegs. I don't think it would need to be drastic. One or two inches should be plenty.

I would like to try some "temporary" solutions (i.e. prototypes) to get my seating position right, then move to getting a permanent seat made to those dimensions.

And of course I'd like to do this as cheaply as possible (hence the thread title).

So has anyone here gone through a similar process? Any and all tips/suggestions/responses are welcome.

Thanks,
Steve
 

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You may be able to roll up a bath towel and try placing it between you and the rear 'bump' on the stock seat. It may push you forward enough for you to get a feel for what you need to get comfortable.

Next, I'd try picking up a used seat off of Ebay and experimenting on that. Basically you could pull the cover off it and add padding underneath. It may be difficult to refit the original cover, but you could purchase some upholstery grade vinyl and use that.

Once you get it all dialed in there is a company (name escapes me at the moment...but someone can chime in I'm sure) that will modify your OEM seat real nice for a reasonable price...

Good luck
 

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I believe a Mustang seat will move you forward a bit, but $$$$$$$. You could also consider some beachbars, their pullback is greater and the rise is less, this will let you sit more upright with your arms more relaxed.
 

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One of the reasons I have never considered a Spirit is the drag style bars and my arms are not that long. Consider swapping the bars out for something with more pullback and narrow width....late model 750 Aero or post 1998 VLX bars. It is easier to move bars back than to try and move seating forward....that pesky tank thingie gets in the way.

Suggest you measure your seat nose to the bar's center point seat nose to bar end when pointed straight ahead, then compare with other bikes.

FYI, on my brides Aero it is 24" nose to bar center, 20" from seat nose to bar end in neutral position and total bar width is 32". Rise was not measured since I don't know how you would guesstimate that or the different grip angle in space.
 
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