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Old 11-03-2012, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Numb hands on short rides

I've been going for a few short rides recently, no more than 100kms, and getting numb hands. Maybe a bit of an understatement, after a while I can't feel a thing from my middle finger through to my pinky.I wear thin leather gloves and ride a mix of highway/side roads

This is my first bonneville and I can't say I've had this problem before. I'm guessing it's the vibrations causing this? What can I do to fix it? I have been looking into swapping my grips.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My guess is if you're getting that many vibes, your lugging the motor. Get those revs up - this isn't a Harley!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What speeds do you use your gears?
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I get the same and have for years on all bikes including pedal bikes. I've determined for me it is a function of pinched nerves, neck and shoulder injuries over the years. Some stretching prior to and minor repositioning along the ride seems to help. You might try pulling your bars back a bit to shorten the reach.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Since I have some pretty serious arthritis in my hands I've experimented with some things I've found to help. If you look on a topic entitled "Gloves for arthritic hands" in the Gear section of the General forum I was given the name of a company that makes padded motorcycle gloves. These gloves actually work and make riding more comfortable. There is also a handy thumb or heel of the hand plastic throttle attachment so you are not pulling the throttle but giving the plastic lever a small push. I believe the company is called Throttlemaster.

I know you don't have arthritis, but these items soften the jarring caused by a firm grip over a long period of time so they will help with numbing hands as well.

You might experiment with adjusting your handlebars and maybe try handlebar risers. That helps also.

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Mr*Beaver ...nothing worse than numb fingers and hands when driving. You could try fatter grips on your bike and a good set of gloves that aren"t tight on your hands. Also if you are supporting your body with your hands, you have to start using your core body muscles. Try relaxing your grip on the throttle, and if you feel your hand going numb use your thumb and index finger to control the throttle for a few minutes. Make sure that your throttle is smooth and returns to idle with ease, if your throttle cable is frayed on inside of the liner you will always have a death grip on it just to make it run. As Rmak suggested the throttlemaster is a great alternative to cruise control.
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A lot of good suggestions can be found in the "Similar Threads" shown at the bottom of this page. The most effective and least expensive suggestion IMO, is to simply work on your riding ergonomics... sit back, hang loose, and relax.
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A lot of good suggestions can be found in the "Similar Threads" shown at the bottom of this page. The most effective and least expensive suggestion IMO, is to simply work on your riding ergonomics... sit back, hang loose, and relax.
+1,as said.

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There are nerves that, when compressed, will lead to hand issues. I have a problem myself, and have to go through a consistent clothing adjustment before I go for a ride on any of my bikes. It took me a long time to figure this out. I was blaming the bikes, vibration, etc. when the real culprit was a nerve being pinched up in my shoulder area.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This has worked really well for me on my throttle hand:

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