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Old 04-24-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hand numbness

Anyone experience index finger and thumb numbness?

If you have, how did you get rid of it!! Starting to me off!
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All the time!!

Found out my gloves were too tight in the wrist.

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Old 04-24-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
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Key Colonel. Take a look at the angle of the front brake lever and clutch lever. Most bikes coming from the factory have the levers aligned almost parallel to the ground.

Jump on your bike and cover both levers. Ideally, you'd like to be able to keep your wrist straight instead of having to bend it upwards to grab the levers.

This is really really common.
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My hands used to get numb from gripping the bars too tight. Usually happens when I haven't ridden in a while. If that's the cause, try throttling with just your index finger and thumb (hold the throttle like a cigarette) until blood returns to your hands.
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Like random numbness or numbness while riding?
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:27 AM   #6
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Also check your bar ends if they blow or are too light that's a easy fix to stop that from happening.
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i used to have this happen to me. It was a combination of gripping too tight and gloves cutting off circulation. I would have to straighten my finger, relax my thumb and roll my weight to pinky and ring finger side of hand till the feeling went away.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:49 AM   #8
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I get this too, have to take my hand of every so often and shake out my hand/arm. I have searched online and came up with a list of cause:

1)Grip too tight - relax
2)Keep elbows closer to body, too far out affects circulation
3)Good old carpal tunnel
4)Tight grip causes middle of palw to be compressed cuuting off circulation
5)Angle of wrist - I though it meant side to side, maxgs explained it differently - THX, may have to look into that.
6)Bar vibes - bar end weights or weight put into Handle bars to reduce vibe
)Grips too small - you can get grip covers that will increase diameter of grip and they are foam so they cut down on gripping too tight palm pressure.

For me, I haven't tried much to correct it, but would love to. I also get this in my truck sometimes, so its not just while riding.
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Key Colonel. Take a look at the angle of the front brake lever and clutch lever. Most bikes coming from the factory have the levers aligned almost parallel to the ground.

Jump on your bike and cover both levers. Ideally, you'd like to be able to keep your wrist straight instead of having to bend it upwards to grab the levers.

This is really really common.
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Hope you can solve your problem. Wil (Civicious) has a problem with his hands going numb and hasn't been able to find a solution as the doctors don't know whats wrong.
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If you have big hands you might try these foam grip things that slip over stock grips...
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Anyone experience index finger and thumb numbness?

If you have, how did you get rid of it!! Starting to me off!
I think thats called a stranger, don't grip so hard
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Lots of times people switch out the bar ends with "custom" ends that have some sort of design or graphic on them - or maybe they are "chrome" - in reality, they are made of aluminum which is much lighter than the stock bar ends. This is one spot where weight is actually a plus - the bar ends are actually weighted to cut down vibration which can cause that numb feeling.

Also - I found that one of my leather jackets was actually cutting off circulation some because it was too tight under the armpit in the riding position (worse on the right side because the throttle is constantly gripped) - that was causing my fingers to feel like they went to sleep.
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You can also squeeze the gas tank with your legs to take pressure off your arms
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i've had carpal tunnel since b4 2000 so riding sometimes kills my hands.
i frequently ride with 1 hand, no hands (yes i can stop no handed too lol) i may even use my left to work the throttle.
anything to give my right a break. most importantly i avoid heavy stop n go traffic. i will leave early to beat the rush hour bs
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I'm hitting up a chiropractor tomorrow, seems the numb feeling stays with me even after the ride. I must have a pinched nerve or something! Its driving me nuts, makes me not want to ride, just to get over it!
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Did you rotate your levers as recommended?
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Don't use your hands to support your weight. Make sure you're in a riding position where your wrists are straight
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i get this every time i ride, but i have carpal tunnel, and end up with numb hands just from typing. i usually end up shaking my hands out real quick while stopped at a light, or stop sign, seems to help.
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You can also move/pivot both your clip-ons approx. 1" forward, this will release a lot of pressure on the wrist too! makes for a more comfortable riding position and better control.
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You can also move/pivot both your clip-ons approx. 1" forward, this will release a lot of pressure on the wrist too! makes for a more comfortable riding position and better control.
This is often not true on a stock sportbike. Many stock clipons have locator pins to so the clipons are set at a specific angle. Of course.. he could spend money, buy new clipons and install them.

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