Riding with Hand Arthritis Pain

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  1. CDN_Bacon

    CDN_Bacon Been here awhile

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    I recently purchased a new bike after being off the street for the last 10 years and am loving it (new Tiger). I’ve also discovered what was an intermittent hand joint paint is quite prevalent after about an hour of riding. 15 min of rest and it’s gone until the next 40 min or riding when it returns. To date I just tough it out for the love of being on two wheels.

    The bike has very little handlebar vibration. It’s more a sensitivity to grabbing the “hard” surface of the bar if that makes sense. I have the same issue climbing ladders at work or carrying heavy objects with that hand. I was thinking of trying some 2” Rox anti-vib riders to 1.) reduce the angle for a more comfy riding position and less weight on the bars and 2.) reduce the vibration even more. I was also thinking of trying grip puppies to add some cushion but I’m guessing they’ll negate the heated grips (stock) and worried about glueing them if I ever want to remove them (will this ruin my own heated grips?)

    I was looking for suggestions from others who, like me, am starting to feel my age and tough it out with their hands. If it matters, I have. ‘18 Triumph Tiger XRT 800.


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  2. ByteMe

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    Have you considered installing “grip puppies”?
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  3. CDN_Bacon

    CDN_Bacon Been here awhile

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    I did mention considering them. Was curious if they would work with the heated grips or ruin the grips trying to take them off later. They’re glued aren’t they?


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  4. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    Adjusting the ergonomics can make a huge difference. Do what ever you can to correct the pain.
    I used to get bad pain in my wrists after short rides. Changed the bars to ones with less sweep and adding risers solved my pain.
    Something an simple as the grip angle made the difference.
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    Yes. No. They slip on. Use an air nozzle to install or remove them in seconds; piece of cake.
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  6. AzB

    AzB Fattest thin man

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    Have you seen a rheumatologist? I had intermittent ankle pain that occurred after walking about 2 miles, and would sometimes go away after a short rest or get much worse if I kept walking later.

    I went to a rheumatologist and was diagnosed with spondylitis, which is similar to rheumatoid arthritis. I tried one of the new wonder drugs and the next week I hiked the 100 mile wilderness in Maine with my daughter and son in law with absolutely no problems whatsoever. I've been on this new drug (one of the biologics) for about 2 years now with great success. And it stops further damage to the joint.

    It might be worth going to a doc that specializes in this stuff and see if he can help. At the very least, they might be able to give you a more powerful, time release NSAID so you're not popping Aleve every 4 hours.
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  7. CDN_Bacon

    CDN_Bacon Been here awhile

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    If you don’t mind me asking, what is the name of the drug you’re using? And sadly, here in Canada, it could be a couple years on a waiting list to see a rheumatologist :(


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  8. shakeybone

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    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I have that all over, knee's, hips, back, feet if I walk much, I get stiff and sore if I sit in one spot for more then 1/2 hour, motorcycle, car, chair at home.
    It has limited my riding a lot for the last few years.
    Lyme disease, old age (60 years old), past damage and broken bones.
    All over the counter stuff seems to do nothing, even high doses.
    I have been riding an hour, then stopping, or just doing 1 to 2 hour rides.

    Sure would be nice to reduce the pain somehow...
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  10. KZJohn

    KZJohn Been here awhile

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    I have been dealing with arthritis pain for several years now. I have been a mechanic since I was 16 ( I'm now 54). My hands, elbows, ankles, and c3,4, &5 vertebra are messed up. I still race off road though. I have found that drinking some home made turmeric tea with honey helps a lot. A coffee mug worth every other day works for me. It took about 3 weeks of doing it before I noticed that my hands didn't hurt like they had been. Your mileage may vary. I got the recipe on line.
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  11. flei

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    I had bad arthritis in my hips. Nothing could really lessen my pain. I did a lot of research online regarding medicines for arthritis and found one thing that research showed was effective at reducing inflammation and pain from moderate to severe arthritis. This will sound crazy, so Google it. It is an Asian herbal compound called “SKI 306X”. You can’t buy it in the USA but I had a Chinese herbalist make it for me. (When I did my research it WAS available in Canada). It is made just from 3 plant components. It worked great for several years, but then caused stomach upset so I had to stop taking it, then got hip replacements so no more problems. I highly recommend trying this herbal remedy. And I know I sound like a crazy flake, but research this for yourself.
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    Heated grips work just fine with Grip Puppies. For me the increased diameter of grips with the puppies seem to help with hand pain.
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    Hey KZ I want to try that what brand tea and how much honey? I turned 65 yesterday and hips and wrists get bad. I was a Mr. Goodwrench from 1970 to 1999. Then went into the motorbike world till 2015. That world turned into V-Twin's and the parts dept.
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    I make my own tea using a recipe I found on the interwebs. I haven't tried the tea bags. I use 4 cups water in a sauce pan, (BIG note here. Turmeric stains everything it touches. I use a glass/pyrex pan and stainless utensils.), 2 large tablespoons of turmeric, grind a couple teaspoons of black pepper into the water, a teaspoon or 2 of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. I grate some fresh ginger into the pot also. Adjust the spices to your own taste, they are mostly for flavor. Boil for about 15 minutes then strain into a glass pot. I put a tablespoon or so of organic honey into the bottom of the mug then pour in the tea. I like the tea on the edge of too hot to drink, it dissolves the honey quicker. The honey is good for your stomach and has antibacterial properties. It isn't the best tasting tea around but I've had worse. Adjust the recipe as you see fit to your tastes, it's the turmeric, ginger, and honey that are the benefit.
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  16. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Check how tightly you are holding the grip. I have arthritis in both thumbs and ride with very light grip pressure. A Throttle Rocker also reduces the need for much grip pressure. Screenshot_20180622-142727_Chrome.jpg
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  17. foxtrapper

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    Fwiw, I've some leather grips, and they have helped me more than any other grip or grip gee-gaw ever has.

    Bare handed (gasp!), palm sweat produces the perfect tack that lets me hold the grips without any squeezing. If I'm careful with my shopping, I can find leather palmed gloves that have a similar tack to the grips. It's not quite as nice as bare palms, but it sure is good. But it does require careful shopping as many gloves, especially suede palmed gloves, do not produce that grip tack to the leather grips.

    My leather grips do have a bit of padding, but not much. Far less than the old foamie grips I've used before, or the rubber grips. They are also pretty big, which I've also found to be helpful in comfort.
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  18. severely

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    I've found even grip diameter to be critical, small diameter grips are out. Handlebar bends are also, wrist angle is everything.
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  19. Steve_h

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    I've found just the opposite on the grips. For me, the smaller diameter, the better. The thin rubber grips on my scooter cause much less problems than the large foam grips on my cruiser. I agree completely about the wrist angle. I have changed bars to get the wrists at much better angles for more comfort. I have arthritis in my left thumb joint and carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. My hands go numb and then start hurting. I can ride for hours on the scooter or about an hour on the cruiser. Now, if somebody would just make comfortable seats.
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  20. Motor7

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    Bacon, you did not specify what type of pain and the exact location?

    For me it was positional(in the beginning).....numbness in the whole hand. So I had carpal tunnel surgery done on both of my wrists 3 years ago....problem fixed. Then this year I start getting a severe pain way back in the base of the thumb joint(down by the wrist). So I just popped Advil on those 10 hour days and it's tolerable. Then, I started taking a cocktail of vitamin's/supplements to slow down a seemingly unrelated issue, and since then the thumb pain is tolerable without Advil.

    So, if I were you I would find out what supplements fix certain pain and try them first. They are cheap and over the counter...& no wait.
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