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Old 17th November 2008, 09:58   #1
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Default BACK ACHE On Pulsar 150 Classic :- long rides,Plz suggest Shock Absorbers and Cushion

Hi all,
I am getting lower Back Ache on my pulsar 150 classic on long rides say around 35-50 kms with a break of half /0ne hour in between.
I have recently changed both the tyres to brand new MRF tyres.
  • Is it the problem with the rear Shock absorbers ?As the bike has run 37k+kms do i need to change rear Shock absorbers ?As My pillon riders where complaining about a very bumpy ride recently.
  • If Yes then which ones should i go for?
  • I have a couple of options in mind such as GAS Filled Shock Absorbers the ones which come in New Pulsar DTSI or the ones which come in Bajaj CT 100 shock in shock absorbers or the GABRIEL ShockAbsorbers? Or plz suggest any other ones which give a smooth ride.
  • DO i also have to change my cushion on the seat For NEW ones for BACK ACHE free long ride?
  • Also suggest the place in bangalore where i can get the Shock absorbers at a good price and new cushioning for seats too.
Please suggest me based on personal experience

Thanks in advance
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Old 17th November 2008, 11:19   #2
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Did you suddenly started feeling the pain or it was earlier as well?

Do you still have classic 150's handle bar or shifted to the shorter one?

I have seen some people changing the shocks to gas ones from new Pulsars & they say it has improved the ride, but I dont have any 1st hand experience.

Seat cushioning does help but you need to find a competent guy for it.
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Old 17th November 2008, 11:30   #3
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Heard that hunk shocks are pretty good butttt what's shocking is 3,700 for a pair for seat cushioning Rao seat covers near elgin theatre shivajinagar.
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Hi all,
I am getting lower Back Ache on my pulsar 150 classic on long rides say around 35-50 kms with a break of half /0ne hour in between.
How tall are you?
Saw your profession listed as Software Engineer.
Add that into the equation and the root cause of your backache could lie somewhere else.
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Soften shocks, lower pressure

Improve general habits - this is a manifestation of other issues like rightly posted elsewhere
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Riding Pulsar for 50 km !!! :-O

Pulsar is intended to be City bike, for short distances.
Its handles and seating is not suitable for long rides.
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Oh yes, change handle orientation (push forward), and add cushion via foam.
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I have the original handle bar and changed Handle orientation to front.
And also dont have any problem sitting for long hours at office also.
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The comfort of your bike is as good as the roads you ride on.

Change in suspension components or seat cushioning will only help considering the roads are good and you maintain a good riding position too. If you dont ride on good roads or dont have the right riding posture trying to change any components on the bike will not help.

Back problems are serious issues, avoid riding the bike and use the car. Meet a good physiotherapist - strength your back muscles and then take to riding again if really required.

Down the line, the money saved on fuel in the bike compared to the car will be immaterial once the pain becomes chronic.
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MSVG, try changing the handle position to the stock one as thats the most comfortable stance.

The Gas shocks for Pulsar costs in the range of 14xx I believe. Also like mentioned earlier find out a good & competent guy in your city for getting your seat cushioned better, this should help.
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Riding Pulsar for 50 km !!! :-O

Pulsar is intended to be City bike, for short distances.
Its handles and seating is not suitable for long rides.
Not that hard. I rode about 300km (150+ each way) in a day. Then had to do the same a few days later. Only discomfort was caused by my helmet. Else I was cruising along at 80kmph on semi-broken roads (Trivandrum to Alapuzha). My bike is stock 180, no changes in handle bar positions or anything.
On the second trip, I got my seat cushioned and it felt a bit better Well worth the money

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Riding Pulsar for 50 km !!! :-O

Pulsar is intended to be City bike, for short distances.
Its handles and seating is not suitable for long rides.
I have a p180 2003 model used to do 200 kms at a stretch when I was in college. Had no prob whatsoever with the handling nor the bike.

Did not face any issues with my back though I am 6 ft tall. Now the bike has done 50k kms and still running fine

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