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Numb hands/forearms - need advice

So I used to have an 88 CBR 600 and my hands/forearms would start to go numb around the 45 min mark of cruising around town. Granted I used straight arm it and lean down on my hands, so no surprise. But towards the end of owning it i learned to use my back/stomach more to hold my weight and really not put any weight forward on my arms. So good

Now I've got this 2001 gixxer and the real forward-sitting position isn't helping me much. My hands were going numb after about 45 mins but that was with trying my hardest not to put any weight forward onto my hands. Now I know I can get better with this, but still... do other people have this problem, and when does it usually kick in? Just seems like I've just left home and already my arms are starting to not feel 100%.
Let me know if anyone has any advice/tips on how to battle the numbness.

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

for the first week my shoulders and arms were sore. i learned how to ride it and teh soreness went away. you just have to learn to lean on the tank and use your muscles vs leaning on your arms. you will learn it.
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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Is the numbness from the handle bars vibrating?Jeff had posted something about putting in silicone inside the handlebars.Supposed to do a real good job on disapating vibration.As a matter of fact I am gonna do that today.If that is what your talking about I`ll post a respons on how good it worked.

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Go ahead and let me know how it works. I think its 20% bar vibration, 80% me not correctly holding my weight up and leaning too much onto my wrists.

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Just don't hold on to the grips very hard.
When I first got my bike I was using the ol' "death grip" while riding hard...
Now my hands are barely holding on most of the time and I'm comfortable all day [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Squeezing the tank with your knees will take the weight off your arms too by the way...

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Yep, lean back, use your legs and squeeze the tank... that should help.

I used to have the same problem until I adjusted my posture on the bike. Doing lots of sit-ups and push-ups really help to alleviate the fatigue too. Once you hit the twisties, the pain should disappear. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Form is the key to many long hours of riding (Pain Free) [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

I did the silicon trick, and it eliminated about 40-50% of the vibrations in my race clipons.

The biggest thing you can do is grab the tank with your legs. Straightarming it will give you Carpal-Gixxer syndrome in no time. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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what kind of silicone, just like some tube of silicone from Home Depot or something?
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My left elbow gets real sore for some reason. Only when I'm riding though. I just have to rest it alot. Also my shoulders get very tight when it's even slightly cold out. I use Sportscreme before I go riding and it seems to help. Not really vibration related but figured it was along the lines of the topic. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Try working out to build up your arms and abs. Shoulders, too, while you're at it. It's funny how people say race drivers aren't really athletes, but they have to be in great shape to endure the abuse they take AND be in complete control (mentally and physically) 100% of the time they're on the track.

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Johnny Rad:
what kind of silicone, just like some tube of silicone from Home Depot or something?<hr></blockquote>

I just went to Pep Boys and got some RTV silicone sealent.

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

best thing to do is relax, also might wanna do some exercises to strengthen lower back, also do some stretching.it is a good helping you stay comfortable longer. I can ride for stretchs of 3 - 4 hrs before getting sore, but by that time i will normally need to fill up so i get to time to stretch and take a breather then. I sometimes get a number throttle hand after hr or so of straight boring riding, but that is about it, quick shake of the hand and all is well.

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Stretching your hands and wrists is a definite must! Prevent carpal tunnel from creeping in!

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Did any of you try to remove the little black "plug" at the top of the clip on to shoot it down in there. I'm concerned the bar end is going to get siliconed in there, and be a bitch to remove for grip changes and such.

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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

silicone works well, trixta says that buckshot works even better (as it should since it's lead if i'm not mistaken).
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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

I had the same problem as well even went as far as going to the Doctor. I got some gel gloves from Olympia and that helped. I was given a perscription Aleve same thing and that seems to help a bit. Stretching and working out will help get your body in shape to handle this. Me as well as my friend have the same problems with there 01 gixxers.

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I had the same problem for the first couple of weeks. If you keep riding and build up your endurance the problem should go away. Workouts also will help. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Do you wear gloves? When I started wearing them (Suzuki Leather Performance Gloves) it almost doubled the time I ride before I get sore. I don't go without them anymore.



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Re: Numb hands/forearms - need advice

Fill the bars/clipon's with lead shot, the stuff you would use to reload your shot gun shells after a bank robbery. I've even used bb's in the past. The heavier you make the bars/clipon's the better they feel because you are changing the frequency at which they are vibrating.

Heavy objects vibrate slower than light objects (given the same input). The slower vibrations won't cause numbness as much as fast vibrations.
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