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Old 08-04-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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got a 636 this sunday... when riding for a while my right hand goes numb. I know people say relax the hand it should be fine... but i've tried relaxing and still going numb...

what can i do about this?

new gloves? new hand grips?

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Old 08-04-2009, 02:16 PM   #2
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new gloves. They may be too tight and if you are cruising and retaining your speed they are cutting the circlation to your hand.
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If you got insurance go get an electromyogram (spelling) to check for carpel tunnel syndrome. I knew I had it, but didn't know it was so bad and that I could get permenant nerve damage.
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first try to adjust your lever positioning, and make sure that you DO NOT ever lock your arms.. always make sure that you can flap your arms at anytime during your ride. hold yourself upright with your core muscles and legs.
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Often a new bike will mean a new hand position and the above comment on circulation cut off is usually the culprit. Especially for a description of numb.

If the wrist is sore you may want to look into a cramp buster for cruising (not so good in the twisties). I use one on my bike and have gotten ride of my wrist pain from riding.

If it is from the vibration (numbness feels like buzzing similar to a body part falling asleep) you may look into:
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haven't tried them, but plan on getting some when I replace my current gloves. These should also take some pressure off of the ligaments running to the fingers.
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Seriously, try to squeeze the tank with your knees a little to relieve your arms.
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i was in the same boat as you i had a piched nerve and a lil adjustment helped alot, between riding, typing, DJing and i found my wrists in different positions and you need to be aware and watch it or else youll suffer carpal tunnel......
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try hand position, if your hand goes numb try shaking it out a little
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could it also be wheel ballencing? i had a similar problem
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Stock bar ends or aftermarket ones? If they're those plastic "bar end slider" ones, get them replaced with a set of Motovation bar ends or at least stock ones and that will help a lot with vibration.
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could be because im going from a 650R to a 636 ... different seating position...

ill try the hugging tank more, Im wondering if new hand grips will help?
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Hey Bomb,
I had the same thing happen to me when I started riding a sportbike. B/w weightlifting and riding all the time, a doctor told me that I was developing neuropraxia (nerve damage) from the constant pressure on my hands. His diagnosis? Stop riding and lifting. Yeah...not giving up riding.

Anyway, it turns out that I just had an incorrect riding position (locked my arms and rode with the pegs slightly before my heels). Now, I ride with my toes/ of my feet on the pegs which allows me to raise my knees some, and I am able to rest my elbows on my knees so that my arms aren't locked (more of a 90 degree bend if that makes sense). It takes all the weight off my hands and feels so much more comfortable.
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could be because im going from a 650R to a 636 ... different seating position...

ill try the hugging tank more, Im wondering if new hand grips will help?
You are going from an upright postion to a hunched over spot.


I beleive you are in an incorrect riding position. As Mr Richards said before trying squeezing the tank with you thighs more, and ride on the of your feet. You handlebars should feel extremely light.
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Grab more throttle so your wrist is cocked up a bit instead of down.
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I didn't have this problem before, now I have this same problem riding the same bike. This sensation, lasted all day long. Maybe, I have that syndrome thingy..
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does this happen when you

1) mow the lawn with a lawn mower
2) hold something like a finishing sander for a few hours
3) ever wake up at night with the same numbness
4) use a keyboard for hours
5) driving in a car for many hours
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If so, do youself a favor and get checked for CTS.

The test is not invasive, or painful. They just electracute you a little.
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A cheap halfa**ed way if you don't want to buy bar ends is to fill the clip-ons with lead shot to increase the weight (reduces the amplitude of the vibration and will lower the natural frequency).
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does this happen when you

1) mow the lawn with a lawn mower
2) hold something like a finishing sander for a few hours
3) ever wake up at night with the same numbness
4) use a keyboard for hours
5) driving in a car for many hours
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If so, do youself a favor and get checked for CTS.

The test is not invasive, or painful. They just electracute you a little.
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Bomb,
I have the same problem. I solved part of it by getting some weighted bar ends and it significantly reduced the vibration, but did not rid of it just minimized the effect.

http://www.manicsalamander.com/bar_e...tm#8mmKawasaki

I need to check the wheel balance too as another step in checking. You could also get a pair of Renthal Softs grips (don't know if they make it with holed ends, I got some pro grip gels). Try to grip the tanks with your legs as much as possible (get some tech spec or stomp grip). I should probably go in and check if there is any nerve damage too.
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