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After seeing the "wrist pain" thread, I thought Id chime in with my own problem.

On longer rides (over 100 miles continuously), I experience some pretty bad knee pain from my knee being bent in the same position for hours. Its uncomfortable while riding, but hurts a heck of a lot more when I try to straighten out my leg after coming to stop.

Any ideas on how to prevent/treat this type of knee pain? Ive thought of taking some tylenol/other moderate pain releiver before riding. What about changing the rearset position? I dont want to scape pegs though.

Some background- the pain is likely due to a knee surgery I had to my right knee (to remove and fix some torn cartiliage... damn basketball!!) over a year ago. Only my right knee hurts in this way, although my left could use some stretching during long rides. Also, Im 6"3.
 

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no knee surgery

my left leg gets cramped up on long rides often, esp. twisty stuff that causes me to move around on the bike. never right leg pain.
 

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don't know if it will help the pain you are having as it's not a major change.. but when going on long(er) rides i periodically move my feet from "tip-toeing" the pegs to flat footing them.. that seems to decrease the crampage somewhat..
 

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If you have nate's motosliders, you can rest your legs on them harley style 8) It's actually quite comfortable for a while until the pegs start digging into my calves.
 

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Ha...never tried that with the motosliders.


I do get knee pains for sure...the SV was bad, and the Ninja is at least as bad. I usually just stand up on the pegs(stand-up wheelie style :wink: ) and let them stretch for 10-15 seconds. The pain goes away almost isntantaneously once they get limbered up a bit.


Your problem's a little more complex as you have a pre-existing problem. I would suggest an anti-inflammatory before long riding.
 

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i put my legs on the sliders all the time

you can also put your toes on the passenger pegs to give it another position as a stretch. i do that, hang them down for a bit to shake out the leg, and stand up on the pegs (bent over, still on the handlebars) to stretch the legs more
 

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5' 10" / 185 / 47 years old with multiple knee surgeries - lowered the pegs slightly and the pain went away.
 

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I get the same thing. I just move from the arch of my feet to the balls (of my feet), stretch my legs out every so often, and stand-up some.
 

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Thanks!!! Ill try the standing up on the pegs, and certainly the anti-inflammatories. I considered resting my legs on the sliders (not Nates, but frame-through intuitive sliders nonetheless), but thought my legs were too long to safely rest on them. Maybe Ill give it a shot a slow speeds :).

If all that doesnt work, Ill trying lowering the pegs.... maybe combined with raising the height of the sv with some dogbones??
 

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Try ICE! It should help out alot. I also had knee surgery and it took about two years before it healed completely.
 

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[I'm also 6'3 and think it's because us tall guys have to fold up to ride. +1 on the standing up Ben said.
 

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I am 32, 6'2" with 33" inseam. My knees begin to hurt after about 1h of nonstop riding. I have patellafemoral syndrome in my left knee...basically its where the kneecap falls a bit out of track and causes irritation and wears away at the femur.

What helps me: 600-800mg ibuprofen taken before a ride, glucosamine daily, exercise, drink lots of water, relaxing my legs on the bike as much as I can. Taking breaks every 45 min even if just 2 minutes helps a lot. The wrong set of pants & bad knee armor placement was another cause of irritation/cramping in my legs, since resolved.

If my legs weren't so cramped on the SV, I'd be thinking of how to fit hard bags and a giant windscreen on it.

Good luck!
 

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Changing your dogbones may change the height of the bike, but it won't affect the seat/peg relationship one bit - so will have no affect on your riding position - or your knee pain.

One of my knees aches a little on long rides too. The best remedy is to STOP and walk around a few minutes - but short of that, the previous suggestions help too - stretching your legs out, resting them on the sliders, standing up, etc. It also help to change positions on the seat often - from up close to the tank - to all the way back. Anything to vary the bend of your knees.
 

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+1 on standing up on the pegs...
 

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I tore up my LCL several years ago skiing and I get knee pain on long highway miles. Twisties I'm fine since I am moving around on the bike, but after an hour of superslab I HAVE to stretch my legs or stop and walk around. Ibuprofen helps, so does stretching before the ride and massaging with Icy-hot.
 

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regular use of anti inflamitories is not good for your liver

I do recomend glucosamine suppliment
 
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