Numb hands . . . Try a thumbless handlebar grip

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  1. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    This is not a "how to reduce vibration thread"

    All motorcycles with powerful engines will cause numb fingers and hands on many riders of all ages.

    For me, the best solution is keeping your wrists strait with a relaxed grip.

    Also, when I am not riding aggressively . . . (Cruising, touring, site seeing etc) I have to rest my fingers on my brake and clutch levers to keep my hands relaxed. Many times, I will use a thumbless grip like bench pressing.

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  2. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Or a no hands grip...,,,,,,,,,
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  3. Matduport

    Matduport Adventurer

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    Sounds like you may have the start of carpel tunnel syndrome.....i had it on both hands, got the opp done and now perfect on any length or ride or bike.
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  4. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    A cool girly thing is a cramp stop controller, never used one till we came away but they work very well, best solution is ride loose.

    An expensive option is Flexx bars, at first I thought they were wank but now I wouldn't swap em for the world.:clap
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  5. Maoule

    Maoule Been here awhile

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    I do that all the time on the left hand, but can't get comfortable doing it with the brake/throttle...something about having at least one of those opposable digits holding on to shit when bad things happen:0.
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  6. Maoule

    Maoule Been here awhile

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    Would that be like Midol? :):).
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  7. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    :rofl:rofl ... I had to google that, and no it's not q u i t e the same :D but if YOU google it you will get $2.00 off with their coupon http://www.midol.com/:evil
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  8. zedtours

    zedtours Been here awhile

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    A tip from the blighty site, fill handle bar void with silicone using gun from one end. Ensure the switch gear holes are blocked.Works a treat!
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  9. charlie264

    charlie264 Long timer

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    For me most important are bars that fall naturally comfortable for me, I had to put my old KTM bars back on for a couple of weeks.....the relief when the new bars turned up.

    Peanuts filled his bars with silicon....says he's impresses with results.
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  10. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    My biggest problem is too tight of a grip . . . Can't help it . . . Especially, when hitting the curves hard . . . Tense up everywhere . . .lower back, legs, & hands.

    I will give the Midol a try . . . Share it with wifey:wink:

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  11. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    This is a great way to strengthen your back and thigh grip on a sport/track bike to keep your weight off the bars. It will also teach you better throttle control.
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    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    I got a bad case of heart pounding on twisties. Seems like my body tells me to slow down. :1drink
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  13. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Agree with this, you should be able to walk your fingers along the bars while road riding therefore letting the bike set its own turn angle, any tighter and you are taking all the load = premature tiredness and saw body bits
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  14. Peanuts

    Peanuts Long timer

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    That option is far too simple and cheap to be a real cure. I was amazed
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  15. pne

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    heated grips also help tons, even when its not cold. Sometimes a little bit of heat will relax your hands right back up.
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