tendonitis in clutch hand

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  1. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    No Issues, it's been on since the bike was new, but she only has about 9,500 miles on it now.
    It gets full engagement, no slipping.

    You install it it by removing your clutch cable from the lever, the EZ Pull attatches at the lever and your clutch cable is attatched to the EZ Pull by removing the cover and inserting into the adapter.

    The way it works, if you remove the cover you will see a lever with a three setting fulcrum, you just put the pin in the one you want to use. I positioned it for the most leverage.

    If you are in the Southern California area I' be glad to help.
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  2. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    I have tendonitis in my left elbow and found that accupuncture helps a lot. :clap
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  3. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    Thank you -- it'll be about a month before I get into it but I'll contact you of I have any issues.
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  4. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    My wife keeps recommending accupuncture!!!!!
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  5. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    Your wife is a wise woman ! :D
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  6. Medic

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    The tendon doesn't catch in the hole through the bone, because the hole in the bone you refer too does not exist.

    which finger suffered the" trigger finger", and was it just intermittent? Or do you still have the "trigger finger"?

    Just go and see yer local doctor, he'll be able to tell you if it's carpal tunnel or not, although it sounds to me very much like it.

    Left untreated, you are going to compress the nerves that runs through the ligamentous tunnel to such an extent that you'll have muscle wastage and lack of function that will not return, with time and exercise.

    When you consider, that carpal tunnel syndrome is an easy diagnosis, with a simple procedure to fix it, and only 2-3 weeks without riding, it seems silly not to at least find out definitively if that what it is doesn't it?

    I wish you luck.
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  7. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    I believe this is what I mean to say -- "The tendons that run down our fingers are held in place by a series of ligaments, called pulleys, that arch over the tendons forming a “tunnel-like” sheath. Normally, the tendons glide easily through the tunnel." The trigger finger was I think caused by the inflamed tendon hanging up on the pulley. Sound right?
    Trigger finger was a few years ago and hasn't returned. But some stiffness, pain has. I am in care of a good hand doctor. Previously he thought that surgery was not indicated but I'll check back with him on that. Just looking to avoid irritating things which the clutch has been doing. Thanks for your concern and suggestions.
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  8. It'sNotTheBike

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    Medic knows what he is talking about. The irreversible muscle atrophy of which he speaks can leave you
    permanently handicapped by virtue of dramatically reduced grip strength. Think of an old woman being able to
    beat you easily in a handshake "hand crush" contest, and you will get the idea what is at stake.

    Time is of the essence with respect to getting this checked out by a medical professional,
    because the irreversible degenerative muscle damage occurs quickly. I might suggest getting
    a second opinion from an orthopedic specialist in your case.

    How do I know about carpal tunnel and the muscle atrophy? It happened to me.

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    I do have a suggestion relative to the bike. Try adjusting the position of the clutch
    lever on the handlebars by rotating it such that your hand position changes slightly
    in relation to the clutch lever. The angle of the lever relative to your hand can
    make a significant difference in hand fatigue. Often it will help to rotate the lever
    a bit closer to the ground. Small changes can make a big difference. I like to
    torque the clutch lever pivot pinch bolt such that it is possible to rotate the lever assembly
    without using a tool, until I get the lever exactly where I like it, then I tighten the lever pivot pinch bolt.

    Also, get some Dri-Slide lube and lube that clutch cable if you haven't done this already.
    That and making sure the cable is routed as well as possible can make a big difference
    in the effort required to release the clutch. I would not assume the cable is routed in an
    optimal manner without checking it yourself, bikes are not always assembled as well as
    they could be.

    A Rekluse clutch is a wonderful device. They have some downsides depending on which
    clutch model you use, but for stop and go traffic a Rekluse is a wonderful thing
    and a safety feature as well because you need never put the transmission in neutral
    so you're always ready to accelerate quickly in the event someone behind you doesn't notice that
    traffic has stopped.




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  9. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    I checked with F800 depot and they checked with manufacturer --- the hydraulic kit doesn't fit the F650 Twin. Just though I'd pass it on in case anyone else is interested. So it's between Moose Racing box and/or Pazzo or Wunderlich handle. Thanks to all for their input.
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  10. tkent02

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    Have you tried moving the lever in closer to the bar?

    It really only needs to have a few mm past the fully released point. Maybe bending the lever in would help?

    Changing the lever to get more mechanical advantage may help too, or perhaps using a longer lever on the other end down by the clutch. This is a common mod done on other bikes. Should be possible to double the mechanical advantage with a little thinking.

    How about those really expensive fancy aftermarket levers they sell in the bike shops?
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  11. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    I think I'm going to try the Moose Racing box for $40. It fits between the clutch perch and the cable and apparently has pulleys or gears to give some mechanical advantage -- and I'm assuming it'll be easily reversible. What I'd really like is something more on the theory of the throttle tamer -- easier pull at the start and then maybe easier to hold in at the fully "in" position -- like a compound hunting bow. Not sure if the Moose has that "cam effect" or just reduces pull effort linearly. Pazzo levers may be in my future too.
    http://www.mooseracing.com/catalog....level4=1800&product_group_id=7267&startPage=1
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  12. Lensgrinder

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    To fit the EZ Pull clutch I had to modify the perch to accept the larger diameter on one of the cable housings.
    To reverse it you would need a bushing to re adapt to the smaller BMW OEM cable housing to the perch.
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