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Old 07-09-2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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I have a problem. When I ride for more than an hour my fingers go completely numb. I think I have Carpal. Any help with this problem would be great.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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You might be holding on to the grips a little hard. First try losening your grip, second replace your grips (renthal makes some nice cushy ones), 3rd heli bars or raising your trees could take some of the pressure off your wrists/hands. Hope that helps.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:34 AM   #3
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gel grips ftw!

Call Motorcycles Unlimited I got some from them for around 10 bucks and man what a difference. Also, as mentioned relax your grip. You should be loose and comfy when you ride no matter what speed.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:16 AM   #4
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if your gloves are too tight they may be cutting off circulation....had that happen to me once.....
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:09 AM   #5
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gel grips and gel pad gloves......try squeezing the tank w/ your legs and back off on the grip of death

white knuckling causes numb..........
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Weighted bar ends may help as well. If your handle bars vibrate a lot.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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yes to all the above, stop squeezing so hard

get some better grips

better gloves, that are fitted

and get some weighted clip ons, or make yours weighted
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:33 AM   #8
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I've had problems with numbness caused by the seams in my gloves. one way to tell is to ride till your fingers go numb then stop some where and take your gloves off to see if there are any impression lines on your hand. mine where across the pad of my thumbs and caused my first two finger to go numb. If so try some different gloves.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:54 AM   #9
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exact same problem here as well, i know i also tend to hold on a bit too tight, but I am working on it (forgive my noobness been on the bike for 6 weeks now!). getting better fitting gloves helped tremendously. Also for me on long rides, my fingers and hands feel better if i extend my fingers to cover the clutch and front brake at least 50% of the time....
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:59 AM   #10
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Don't grip so hard. Don't use the handle bars to hold onto the bike. Your legs and torso should do that. The handle bars are there only to help counter-steer and hold the controls.(clutch, gas, brake, blinker, horn, on/off)
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Yup, they all said it.....now get out there and find which of the above works best for you
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Thanks for all the advise. I'm already looking for some gel grips. I've already noticed that the factory grips were a bit small for me..lol
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Review the following:

gloves, not too tight
gel grips
body position and wrist angle. When you are riding you want you forearms as close to parallel with the ground as you can, elbows bent. Support with your stomach. Wrist should not be be bent; you can crawl your hand up the grip when you glance down and notice your wrist is bent. When just cruising, open your hands up and let your fingers relax. Also changing position of your controls so you can open your hands up and rest your fingers on the levers.

One test I use when cornering is to take a hand off the bar mid corner and note how much weight you are putting in the bars....
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update: went for a ride. Hands were ok. the tip of using my legs helped alot. I also figured out to pull in my clutch and cruise to let my hand rest.

Thanx again for all the help
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That's why i have a girlfriend for. Anyways i usually jus switch hands
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