Guess I'm getting old, long rides over the last 12 months have left me with a very sore back, butt, and elbows, often lasting for days afterwards.
My first thought was to bring the controllers closer to me, so I looked at mini apes and new risers, but high cost and/or high risk of failure to achieve the desired results left me with no clear best path.
Instead I ordered a grasshopper seat back ($100) and what a difference it makes. Very simple to install. It positions me comfortably closer to the handle bars, but also adds support and keeps my body in place when accelerating. I did a 30 miler yesterday, with no discomfort at all.
A lot of folks complain about how loosely the seat back fits in the bracket, but I see that as a major plus. The seat back moved with me through turns and over bumps, rather than causing a new pressure point. Took some getting used to, but I'm thrilled with how much more comfortable the bike is now.
Best part is that the company appears to be a one man shop in Wisconsin. Lonnie himself picked up the phone both times I called, and is genuinely a helpful and nice guy. Plus they are quick to ship... I ordered the seat back on Thursday, and it was on the bike on Monday.
I'm doing a 1,000 mile ride this weekend, I'll report back to let you know if I still feel the same way afterwards.