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Causes of Riding Soreness

I'd like to offer up some information that might help anyone who suffers from riding irritation or soreness to better diagnose your exact problem and hopefully lead you to a solution.
In developing Moto-Skiveez® one of the things we wanted to know was "what is the source of the irritation that is experienced by riding motorcycles?" Here’s what we found…..

If you go out and just sit on your motorcycle, at some point your butt may get sore. But if you go out and ride your motorcycle you will experience any irritation much more quickly and most likely to a greater degree....why? Simply stated, irritation is caused by the transfer of energy to your tissues. Think of it this way, Newton's first law of motion states; "an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force." As you sit on your motorcycle at a stop you are at rest, as you twist the throttle the motorcycle propels forward. To get you to move with the motorcycle energy is transferred to you through your points of contact. If you are sitting on the bike, much of this energy transfer takes place in that contact area. When you brake, forces are transferred to slow you down. These forces constantly vary as we ride. Not only are there forward and rearward forces, but also side to side and even vertical forces that are exerted.

How can soreness be prevented? The simplest way would be to remove any transfer of energy. But that would prevent you from moving with the bike. Most solutions like gel seat covers, sheep skin covers, beaded seat covers, etc. act in varying degrees as an insulator to this energy transfer. They mute and/or dissipate the transfer of this energy. Moto-Skiveez® applies the same principle, to mute or insulate the transfer of energy, only in our application this occurs next to your skin. We have applied multi density foam padding to critical areas determined to be associated with a particular riding style.

A properly fitted seat is also critical. Having a good fitting saddle will transfer your weight and point of contact evenly over a larger area. This results in the energy being transferred in a more consistent manner and not focused as intensely in specific points.

If you have tried all of these options with little to no improvement, it may very well be that you have some physical condition that is unlike most. Perhaps the points at the bottom of your pelvis, (your Ischial Tuberocities) may have some abnormality. It may be that your tissues themselves may be compromised. Hard to say, but if this is you I would consult with a medical professional for a more informed opinion.

In the end, my opinion is that if you ride long enough or far enough eventually your butt is going to get sore. This varies from person to person. Everyone's anatomy, tolerance, riding style and position on a motorcycle is slightly different. I doubt there will ever be one solution that will prevent soreness for everyone. However, my hope is that knowing a little more about the specific causes, as we have determined, you may be better able to evaluate your situation and hopefully find some resolution.

I hope you find this information helpful. Best of luck and ride safely!
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