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Old 08-02-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question handlebars and position question

I find that my "natural/ normal/ automatic" position of my hands puts them slightly hanging off the side of my stock handlebars by about 1". If I don't pay attention and keep moving them back in, the side pad of my hands will be sore after a longish ride. I am 6' tall and my armspan is 6'2" fingertip to fingertip if that helps

Is this just a stance thing? Am I sitting wrong? or should I consider getting different handlebars (e.g. slightly longer)?

what are the pros and cons of that?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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You're just putting too much weight on your hands. Keep the weight off your hands by using your core muscles and keeping your back flat.
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You're just putting too much weight on your hands. Keep the weight off your hands by using your core muscles and keeping your back flat.
That could be it.

I adjusted that when I noticed my whole hands would be sore now its just the pad on the side of the hand where the edge of the grip sits. If I keep putting them back inside the edge of the grip during the ride they don't hurt. Of course it could be that in repositioning them I am being conscious about my weight and back position.
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I kinda have a similar issue on the busa. My problem is the angle on my wrists.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:49 PM   #5
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I'm a little taller than you and my arm span is around 6.5 feet. These bikes are just not built for comfort and you have to consciously be aware of your "posture"
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For me its more a shoulder width issue than arm length.
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It's probably a combination of how you're sitting/riding. I try not to put a lot of weight on my hands at all, because when I do my wrists hurt, my hands hurt, and my fingers cramp ( arthritits). If I could ride with no hands (no cruise control), then I'm sure my hands wouldn't be sore.
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make sure you adjust the brake lever to a more comfortable position. that helped me alot on my gsxr. it was too far up and needed to be down lower to be more comfortable.
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sometimes your clutch and brake lever can be angled too low or high, forcing your arms into an awkward position. I'd keep weight off them after I adjusted the angle and see if that fixes it.
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If you have a centerstand, or rear stand or chock, do this.

Sit on the bike, and get in your normal riding position. Now, close you eyes, open and lift both hands off the bars, wait a sec, then set them down. Now, still closed eyes, work the throttle, clutch and brake. Take note if you have to change wrist or hand position, and how you ended back up after taking your hands off the bars.

At lot of times some simple adjustment of levers and bars can make a world of difference. It should be second nature how you grab the bike... you shouldn't have to change hand position or wrist angle to operate the levers. Also make sure when riding your elbows stay bent and relaxed, and your wrists are straight and not bent in the normal "cruise" position.
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[QUOTE=Squoddybody;2606783]Or it may just be that you're old.


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hahahaha awesome!!!
and going to UT didn't help at all. That bandwagon is so full it's about to dumb all it's trash out all over i-35.
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Or it may just be that you're old.


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hahahaha awesome!!!
and going to UT didn't help at all. That bandwagon is so full it's about to dumb all it's trash out all over i-35.
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And they do not teach the proper use of punctuation wherever "bevo" is from.
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And they do not teach the proper use of punctuation wherever "bevo" is from.
I guess you're not familiar with The University of Texas at Austin.
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I guess you're not familiar with The University of Texas at Austin.
Oh no, I know exactly who y'all are. I can smell you all the way over here in College Station.
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Oh no, I know exactly who y'all are. I can smell you all the way over here in College Station.
If anyone is an expert at smelling Longhorn , it would be aggy.
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They don't just smell it, they roll around in it. Its as close to excellence as an Aggie will ever get.



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If only you knew how to spell Aggie correctly...

What exactly are they teaching over there?
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Back to what the OP was asking...

It's your scooter. Make it fit you. That is why they make bar risers and simular accesories.

If you can't find relief within reason you may need to change style of bike.

I couldn't, nor want to twist myself onto a sport bike anymore. Maybe you need something more standard.

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