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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 02:39 PM
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A badly balanced front wheel may cause trembling in the handlabrs and thus numbness.
I didn't know that until I got a new front tyre on my other bike.
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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 02:51 PM
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Death grip on the bars. When I first started riding my hands would get numb. As I got more confident and released my death grip on the bars the numbness subsided.
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I have a similar issue, but it only happens when I've been on the bike for about thirty minutes already before encountering heavy traffic. In CA I can lane split, and my hands start to get numb after a lot of lane splitting (I'm talking miles of constant lane splitting). I can't take my hands off the bars because I'm going between cars and need to be able to react quickly. When there's no traffic on the highway, I can remove my right hand for short periods of time and left hand for long periods of time.

That's pretty much the only time I have issues. But I still have the stock grips and am thinking different grips may help a little bit. On the open road I have no numbing problem.

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OP, a simple fix I stumbled upon during my sportbike days. Make sure that a staight line can be traced from your elbow, through your forearm, wrist and hand. If that line bends up or down at the wrist your hands can go numb. Keep everything straight and, barring serious sportsterlike vibrations in the grips, you may find long distance relief.
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+1 on the death grip. Focus on a soft grip. Padded gloves will help, too.

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Grip puppies, padded gloves and a cramp buster help a lot.
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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 07:29 PM
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You might check out information on Renaud's Syndrome, especially since you say the numbness is from the middle finger to the pinky.

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Try gel padded gloves.
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I used to suffer this same problem when using ill fitting cheap gloves that were too small on my little fingers. A pair of kangaroo skinned Held gloves and I suffer no more.

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Hmm, well this has given me something to think about. Pretty sure it's not the death grip or gloves but throttle wank or excess vibrations and my wrist position are all something for me to consider. I'm thinking it maybe my posture/positioning as I'm used to a cruiser.

I have ordered some different style grips as mine are a bit hard. I will report back next weekend when I get on my next adventure.
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