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Old 07-14-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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Numb Throttle hand?

So this weekend I went out and bought myself a new toy.
A brand new shiny Tiger 800XC. I love the bike so far, but my test drive wasn't long enough. After 10 or so miles at under 45mph my right hand starts to go numb. After 20 my left follows suit. Holding 65 the numbness goes away

So I am really confused none of my other bikes cause this, DR650 and KLX250. I can ride these for hours only to receive a sore butt. I am a little stretched out on the tiger, maybe leaning forward some. The only other bike I've been on that produces a similar discomfort is my brother's CBR600.

Does leaning forward put that much pressure on one's hands? Is the correct course of action to buy bar risers and move the bar towards me?
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #2
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So this weekend I went out and bought myself a new toy.
A brand new shiny Tiger 800XC. I love the bike so far, but my test drive wasn't long enough. After 10 or so miles at under 45mph my right hand starts to go numb. After 20 my left follows suit. Holding 65 the numbness goes away

So I am really confused none of my other bikes cause this, DR650 and KLX250. I can ride these for hours only to receive a sore butt. I am a little stretched out on the tiger, maybe leaning forward some. The only other bike I've been on that produces a similar discomfort is my brother's CBR600.

Does leaning forward put that much pressure on one's hands? Is the correct course of action to buy bar risers and move the bar towards me?

Maybe the stock grips are too skinny. Could try a wrap or foam grips or something to increase the diameter so you don't have to squeeze so tight.

Also, folks like those throttle locks, or cramp busters so you don't have to maintain such a grip on the throttle.

I'm sure bars will help as well. My stock vstrom bars had way too much pull back for me and would cramp my hands. I got something much straighter and have been happy since.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:20 AM   #3
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Does leaning forward put that much pressure on one's hands? Is the correct course of action to buy bar risers and move the bar towards me?
I ride a VFR800. I get numb hands if I put any weight on them. I have learned to use my core muscles and knees to support my body, leaving almost no weight on my hands. This has pretty much cured the problem, with the added benefit of much lighter/more responsive steering. Anytime I feel numbness in my hands now, it is a reminder to take weight off the bars.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #4
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I ride a VFR800. I get numb hands if I put any weight on them. I have learned to use my core muscles and knees to support my body, leaving almost no weight on my hands. This has pretty much cured the problem, with the added benefit of much lighter/more responsive steering. Anytime I feel numbness in my hands now, it is a reminder to take weight off the bars.
That makes a lot of sense I think moving my bars back to straighten my posture will help a lot. Maybe some crunches too
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:05 AM   #5
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So this weekend I went out and bought myself a new toy.
A brand new shiny Tiger 800XC. I love the bike so far, but my test drive wasn't long enough. After 10 or so miles at under 45mph my right hand starts to go numb. After 20 my left follows suit. Holding 65 the numbness goes away

So I am really confused none of my other bikes cause this, DR650 and KLX250. I can ride these for hours only to receive a sore butt. I am a little stretched out on the tiger, maybe leaning forward some. The only other bike I've been on that produces a similar discomfort is my brother's CBR600.

Does leaning forward put that much pressure on one's hands? Is the correct course of action to buy bar risers and move the bar towards me?
Holding 65 probably more of the wind is hitting your chest and using a different set of muscles to sit upright.

Also don't discount vibrations
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:39 AM   #6
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Haha going from a a big single to a triple I don't notice any vibrations. I've already ordered a set of ROX 2" Pivot risers. I think they'll do the trick
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Wrists straight?
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:59 AM   #8
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Wrists straight?
Yeah, I am pressing on the bars cause I am not used to leaning forward on a bike.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:04 PM   #9
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Set up the ergos for your comfort and get a throttle-lock.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:05 PM   #10
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Yeah, I am pressing on the bars cause I am not used to leaning forward on a bike.
I thought the riding position on the XC was fairly upright...

Is there any chance the dealer's left the handlebars in a crappy/non standard position?


Also, IMO, you'd be far better off searching/posting in the "beasts" sub-forum - you'll access a lot more XC riders there.
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Yeah, I am pressing on the bars cause I am not used to leaning forward on a bike.
I have always developed numbness from riding, since I was in HS on any bike and rides over half an hour. Using the core muscles as opposed to weighting the wrists helps a lot. But I just have to take my hands off the grips periodically to roll my wrists and get the blood flowing. Fingertips turn white in cold weather too.

I give my wrists a break frequently, before they start acting up.

In 25 years, it hasn't gotten any worse
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Set up the ergos for your comfort and get a throttle-lock.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:29 PM   #12
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Set up the ergos for your comfort and get a throttle-lock.
Being a young and relatively new rider I have no idea whats comfortable. I've never been uncomfortable on my other bikes before, after I changed out the 2x4 seat on the DR.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:45 PM   #13
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Sit on you bike with your eyes closed, reach out as if to grab your grips, now open your eyes and make note of your hand position relative to factory.
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