New rider (~3 1/2 months/~3500km). One of my long-term riding goals is to do lengthy trips over the coming seasons. As I begin to work towards that, one of the more apparent issues I want to figure out are the reasons behind body aches and soreness on/after rides. It's not enough to just be able to do it - I'd like to enjoy it and I'm personally not much of a masochist.
Is there a systematic way of determining whether such pains are due to one or more of the following?
a) fatigue and/or use of inactive muscles
b) actual body issues like being too short/tall, injured muscles or subtle nuances like different-length limbs
c) the bike's intended riding position and composition (i.e. seat design)
d) the rider's actual riding position and conformity to the bike
e) other technical aspects (i.e. gripping bars too tight)
For myself at the moment, on hour+ trips at highway speeds, I experience a slight soreness in my lower back and a longer-lasting and somewhat more annoying soreness in my left shoulder blade. My butt is surprisingly without pain. I ride a standard bike (GS500F) and lean forward slightly on the highway to lower my overall profile against the wind but rarely if ever am I in a tuck. Fairly short (5'5") and slim build.
I thought about and wrote this post before doing any extensive searching here or elsewhere on the net... but insight, personal experience, references, the odd wild accusations/theories would be appreciated in the meantime.