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Old 11-21-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Wink crampbuster ?

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Riding to and from Brazos Bend park today, I had my typical mild cramping in my throttle hand. The wind was a bit up today, making it worse. Anyway, I have been wondering about getting one of the ten buck plastic cramp buster systems to use as a basic throttle control. Any thoughts or experience?

Oh, and watch the deer in Brazos Bend park, the little Bambi's were scurrying about, here and there, and it is a good thing the park road limit is 30 mph.

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Old 11-21-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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I use one for long trips but they take some time getting used to and they can get you into trouble if you're not used to them. Some riders have been known to hit the throttle while braking
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I use one for long trips but they take some time getting used to and they can get you into trouble if you're not used to them. Some riders have been known to hit the throttle while braking
Had one and got rid of it. I thought they were kind Of dangerous...
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:12 PM   #4
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Never used one but always thought they looked a little unsafe.

Try using your torso to take some of the load off your hands and focus on relaxing your grip. Often when people have hand cramps it's because they are unconciously squeezing the grips.
You should be holding a ripe plum, no tighter. Even in the twisties. Really.

If you are refering to numbness in your hands that's definitely too much pressure on the palms. Maybe a handlebar or control adjustment would help. If they are tubular bars you might even look into a different bend.

Maybe try padded gloves. Or stop masturbating so much...
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Hey, does he want the hand cramps to stop?
He might have to make some sacrifices...
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I used one for years, but after the last accident my bike had it didn't make it.

Every time my wrist or hand cramps I miss it and want to buy another one. You have to always be aware that it's there.
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Do you still all the time or did you cut back to ease the hand cramps?
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I use them for longer trips (>10 miles) and they're worth their weight in gold.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:15 AM   #12
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I keep one on my bike all the time, just keep it turned to where I don't have pressure on it even at idle unless I'm actually going to use it. Even turned "up", as long as I'm conscious of its presence it doesn't bother me.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #13
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I've used one for the last 70,000 miles. I wouldn't ride without it. Still I'm not the an aggressive rider, ride 50 miles one way on my commute, and ride a cruiser. So YMMV.
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I borrowed one of the throttle helper crampbuster things from a friend several years ago to help with my many hand injuries. I hated it. Some love them and use them effectively, but I found myself in more than one situation where I was applying throttle and didn't mean to. I was dangerous with one.

I have broken my hands a couple of times, had a thumb sewn back together, had nerve surgeries and tendons reattached. Hand problems and arthritis have been an issue for a while. The best thing that helped mine as far as new parts were larger diameter and softer grips. I like the Pro Grip 714 model. They're a reasonably soft gel and a good diameter. I had them on my R6 track bike and they helped me a ton as far as hand fatigue and cramping. I also try to keep my hands/grip more relaxed and support my body from my legs and core instead of my upper body when possible, but that's good technique for anyone trying to keep loose and fluid on the street or track.

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I had those fat grips on my old KLR and loved them.
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Had one and got rid of it. I thought they were kind Of dangerous...
Never actually rode with one, for that reason. After 35 years of riding, I'm not sure I could adapt to a plastic doo-hickey on the throttle very well. Some people seem to find it no problem, though.

Personally, I prefer the tried and true Vista Cruise. Reliable, unobtrusive, and allows you to remove your hand from the grip for rests.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #17
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^+1 for Vista cruiser, I put one on my bike for a long trip and its still on my bike.

And maybe try some grip puppies.

But the less grip the better for long hauls, u have to relax.

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Old 11-22-2011, 11:27 AM   #18
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I use one of these ... it's the poor man's cruise control. Works quite well, but I typically don't leave it "engaged", only for short periods of time to take my throttle hand off the gas for a minute to get the blood flowing again.

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Thanks for your feedback and suggestions. The wind definitely tensed me up yesterday making it worse. I consider myself at best an advanced beginner rider, so my skills are still building. My hands are pretty small, but getting stronger.
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