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  • Handlebars and hand numbness

    So I am sure this has been talked about on the old site and haven't found much on the new one. I have had my 05 since new and have had the numbness from time to time and try to shake it off while riding. One of my last rides I tried to pay more attention to it when it started. To me it seems its the angle of my wrist that cuts off circulation. So if I want to help with this issue whats the better route? Risers, different bars? I think 10" mini apes would be ok not sure about going up to 12". Just looking for some feedback. Thanks.

  • #2
    I used one of these, lets you put your hand on top and stretch your fingers and grip.

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    • #3
      I experience numbness of the hands(specially the right hand) and I have found out that when I allow myself to slouch, I will have numb fingers. If I straighten my back and move my head from side to side a couple of times, I will regain circulation and the numbness will go away. Hope this help.

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      • Ironman
        Ironman commented
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        +1 on posture. My bike is stock setup. When I experience hand numbness, the first thing I do is sit up straight and often that is all it takes. Mom knew what she was talking about when she said, "Sit/stand up straight!".

    • #4
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      I also use the Cramp Buster to keep from needing to grip all the time. Plus, I use Grip Puppies to give my hands a bigger, spongy grip.

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      • #5
        Throttle paddle plus a backrest. I also have 4” risers. I would think pullback handle bars would be great.


        “The West is the Best" - Jim Morrison

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        • #6
          I had carpal tunnel surgery on both my hands that seemed to help....

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          • #7
            Got one of those doo-hickys from a dude way back in the Delphi days where you'd drill a hole in the throttle side control and install this little tiny chromed lever with a tiny screw and lock nut. You'd flick it up with your thumb and it 'jams' the throttle in place. Very ingenious. For safety sake, you could easily overpower it if needed, but otherwise it'd hold that throttle right where you left it. You could then stretch and do whatever you needed, including taking your hand off throttle completely. Best 25 bucks I've ever spent. Still using it to this day.

            When I used to smoke, I mounted an automobile type cigarette lighter on the right side next to the seat - never needed to stop for *nothing* - except gas...

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            • Ironman
              Ironman commented
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              Sounds like a cheaper version of this throttle lock. Sets and releases easily with your thumb and automatically releases when front brake lever is pulled. Love mine.

              https://www.amazon.com/BrakeAway-Mot.../dp/B00JQOPOBG

            • SuperG
              SuperG commented
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              It's actually simpler than you'd think. There's no cuff. Just a thin, tiny lever. No springs, nothing. The lever is loosely held in place with a screw. The lever itself jams by wedging itself between the throttle grip and the control housing.

          • #8
            It’s the angle of the stock bars. Mine used to start within 20 miles. Afte 100 miles I felt like I had my ass beat with a ball bat. With my apes it only happens on occasion. The stock bars and seat on a 1700 are equally bad.

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            • #9
              I have the E.D. big tour seat with backrest. What kind and size apes do u have ?

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              • #10
                I changed my bars and added Barons risers. No more numbness.

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by YZ18 View Post
                  I have the E.D. big tour seat with backrest. What kind and size apes do u have ?
                  I have 16’s but you can go what ever heighth you like so long as the grip angle is comfortable.

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                  • #12
                    But you can't do that on the computer. Any good suggestions for 10s or 12s?

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                    • #13
                      I have had numbness before too.. I'm 6'6 and about 230, so stock seat and stock bars feel like i'm riding a tricycle sometimes.. my project for the winter is 16" or 18" apes (thinking barons kong bars, but still searching) and finding a deal on a new seat. YZ - I have heard that you can keep most stuff stock when going to 10's, but the brake line will be reeeeaaalll close when going to the 12's.

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by Shores View Post
                        Throttle paddle plus a backrest. I also have 4” risers. I would think pullback handle bars would be great.
                        I've considered some 3 or 4" risers. What clutch and or throttle cables do you get to accommodate these? Looks like there is no room for any riser with the stock cables.
                        Remember. No matter where you go, there you are.

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by Milkman View Post

                          I've considered some 3 or 4" risers. What clutch and or throttle cables do you get to accommodate these? Looks like there is no room for any riser with the stock cables.
                          Stock cables work with 4” risers or 10” apes with stock risers.

                          “The West is the Best" - Jim Morrison

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                          • Milkman
                            Milkman commented
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                            Looking at your pics it seems you need to just let the clutch cable hang and no longer secure it to the frame. Is there something similar needs to be done for throttle cables and brake lines?

                        • #16
                          Originally posted by Milkman View Post
                          Looking at your pics it seems you need to just let the clutch cable hang and no longer secure it to the frame. Is there something similar needs to be done for throttle cables and brake lines?
                          Re route brake hose only. I replaced mine with SS.

                          “The West is the Best" - Jim Morrison

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                          • #17
                            The problem is not blood circulation but pinching of the nerve bundle that goes down the arm to the hand. Numbness can be caused in two ways: 1st is the above mentioned pinching of a nerve bundle which can happen anywhere along the the nerve. So changing of spine, neck, arm, or hand position will alleviate the problem. 2nd is when the high frequency vibration transmitted through the bars and handgrips causes an overload of input to the nerves. In other words constant vibration causes the nerves to be over stimulated and results in a tingling sensation and progresses to numbness. So any and all of the above responses will work. It all depends on what is going on with you individually. Better cushioning in the palm area of your gloves, different bar configuration, changing posture, or whatever may do the trick. Maybe cheapest option first and then move up the dollar scale from there. Gloves with heavy padding on the palms worked for me.
                            Go ahead, I dare ya.

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                            • #18
                              I did Scootworks risers on mine. If I remember right 2” up and 1-1/2” back. I only needed to reroute the clutch cable. My hands feel much better and so does my lower back.

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                              • #19
                                I thought I'd try something that would solve several of my complaints all at the same time, so I picked up a roll of handlebar wrap for bicycles for $5.A nice tight wrap of both stock hand grips makes them just a little larger in diameter with a softer grip that's easy to palm making it possible to relax my hands while riding.

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                                • #20
                                  all the above and you need 28 in apes

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