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#1 Unread post by romex2121 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:53 pm

im on a 2003 suzuki volusia 800,, about 30 min. into a ride my little finger and hand starts to go numb,, ive done some searching and it seems im not the only one that this happens to. what can i do to resolve this???? risers,bars,etc,,,,

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#2 Unread post by redwing » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:03 pm

Hi Romex2121 ... Usually a couple of ounces of rum or vodka takes care of the numbness.
Ok ... that was stupid... look into a heavier bar end weight at maybe an aftermarket source.... see what the dealer thinks but beware the dealer is in business to sell you something.
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#3 Unread post by romex2121 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:04 pm

damn and i thought my keystone light would help :wink: im going to the dealer sat. for some new tires to be installed ill ask what they think,, can the bars be repositioned to help with this ??? ive been reading about grip being to tight and they may be some of it ,, was the first time on hwy at 75mph trying to catch my brother in law :lol:

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#4 Unread post by ceemes » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:10 pm

I had after market Kuryakyn ISO-Grips put on my bike,
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They have more girth then factory grips and I have found that they have greatly reduced both numbing and cramping of my fingers and palm. You don't have to clamp on to them as tightly as you have to with normal skinny factory grips, plus the little rubber pads greatly reduce low frequency vibration.
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#5 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:36 am

Well there's the grips, and there's bar snakes (weighted cloths that go through your handlebars to dampen vibrations) and heavier bar ends. Any of the above should help with no problem.
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#6 Unread post by romex2121 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:35 am

i think im gonna try those grips ,, they will match the pegs on my bike,,highway pegs ,,driver pegs,, and passenger pegs,,even the brake pedal :D were gonna go on a trip in sept. to a get together called Aspencade in Ruidoso NM. this will be my first decent hwy. trip ,, im hopeing these grips will at least leason some of the discomfort in my fingers

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#7 Unread post by romex2121 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:59 am

forgot to ask,,, will these grips fit the 03 volusia 800??? i hope so cause i just orderd them :lol:

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#8 Unread post by RockBottom » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:47 am

Grip Puppies are even cheaper and easier.

http://www.casporttouring.com/store/mer ... Code=grips

I had a bad problem with hand numbness and fatigue when I first started riding and finally figured out I was just squeezing too hard.
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#9 Unread post by king robb » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:48 pm

You can also relax your grip some. Not all, but some numbing in hands while riding is just bad circulation from tense riders.
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#10 Unread post by zeligman » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:32 am

i ride an 02 vl 800 :) nice bike brother!

i actually adjusted the brake and clutch levers on the bars themselves, to a higher (and thus closer to the bar for my hands) position. Helped with my hands a lot.

My fingers didn't go numb, but hands do occasionally cramp.. i have relative short fingers but wide hands....

also, on my VL there is a numbered dial for the brake - allows for more or less 'slip' before the brake catches... essentially bringing the brake lever in closer as it engages.

im amazed at how every little adjustment can make a huge physical difference on a bike.

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#11 Unread post by romex2121 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:37 am

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i ride an 02 vl 800 nice bike brother!


thanks bro,, im kinnda partial to mine also :wink: im going to take her in for some new rubber tomorrow (sat) so ill see what the dealler has to offer,, the new grips are on there way im hopeing they will make a difference but if not atleast they will look good :D
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#12 Unread post by MZ33 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:57 am

Look into throttle locks, such as by Vista or Kaoko. They allow you to give your hand a rest, or just reposition it, without completely dropping the throttle. Also, try on every pair of gel gloves you can, looking for ones whose seams avoid your numb spots.

I went with Grip Puppies for my Versys, and a throttle lock. Our VStar would benefit from a bar snake and a throttle lock, in addition to the foam grips. Cruisers just vibrate more, it seems.
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#13 Unread post by slimcolo » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:06 am

Here is a link to BMW MOA fourm on same subject.

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=39052

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#14 Unread post by green meenie » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:09 pm

king robb wrote:You can also relax your grip some. Not all, but some numbing in hands while riding is just bad circulation from tense riders.
I agree. Gripping too tightly is the cause. Relaxing your grip will solve the problem and costs nothing :D Weighted bar-ends and all the other stuff will do little if your hand are welded onto the bars.

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#15 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:40 pm

ceemes wrote:I had after market Kuryakyn ISO-Grips put on my bike,
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They have more girth then factory grips and I have found that they have greatly reduced both numbing and cramping of my fingers and palm. You don't have to clamp on to them as tightly as you have to with normal skinny factory grips, plus the little rubber pads greatly reduce low frequency vibration.
Those look nice. I get numbness sometimes too - but I'm not sure how far in to my rides that it happens.

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#16 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:28 pm

green meenie wrote:
king robb wrote:You can also relax your grip some. Not all, but some numbing in hands while riding is just bad circulation from tense riders.
I agree. Gripping too tightly is the cause. Relaxing your grip will solve the problem and costs nothing :D Weighted bar-ends and all the other stuff will do little if your hand are welded onto the bars.
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#17 Unread post by romex2121 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:12 am

grips are in :D i havent got them on yet but i think im gonna like um!!!

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#18 Unread post by Whip Lash » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:34 pm

If your pinky finger is all that gets numb then wait until you ride a long distance. Other parts will go numb. It all goes with the territory.
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#19 Unread post by Superfly3176 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:02 am

Buy a harley, after long rides where your arms are numb half way to your elbows you'll never feel the same about your bike :lol:

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#20 Unread post by RideN » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:43 pm

RockBottom wrote:Grip Puppies are even cheaper and easier.

http://www.casporttouring.com/store/mer ... Code=grips

I had a bad problem with hand numbness and fatigue when I first started riding and finally figured out I was just squeezing too hard.

Thanks for the recommending these. Looked at them and just ordered a pair. I get that numb, tingling feeling in my hands after about 20 mins. Sounds like they will fit on my Kawy 650R.

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