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Not sure if anyone else has experienced this but I get pains in my wrists that can get to the point of making it hurt to grab the hand grips on Eeyore. The diagnosis is that I have hyper-mobility in both wrists which means that there is too much play in the joints. (I tried to get Rodent to help tighten some screws, well, never mind.) It gets to the point where I actually have to reduce the thumb joints similar to a dislocation by pulling on my thumbs until they "pop" back into place. Can be somewhat painful but relief is immediate.

The solution is that I take electricians tape (black plastic kind) and place my thumb along the inside of my middle finger, then wrap a couple of layers of tape around my hand at the lowest thumb joint. It's quite restrictive and feels awkward as anything inside a glove, but the pain does go away.

The prevention is that you can purchase, for a fee, (read: for a LARGE fee), a special exercise band that you wrap around your fingertips while they are closed together then open and close your fingers repeatedly. Do this several times a day while experiencing pain then occasionally throughout the week afterwards to prevent the pain.

Okay, I'm Scotch and cheap, elastic bands work as well and it only takes one or two of the heavy duty bands to provide enough resistance for this exercise. The black tape looks a little goofy but is cheaper (again with the cheap!) than the "special, orthopedic" brace that was offered.

Not sure if anybody else experiences this but I thought I'd throw this out to see if it can help anybody else to prolong their riding. (And I'm trying to get over 300 posts...)

Ruaidh
 

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 I think you have the beginnings of Carpal tunnel Syndrome/forums/images/emoticons/sad.gif... (and you got that way by scaring the  poor Ninja riders  on your Wing !!)   LOL               Go see a  good hand specialist .. and see if its a pinched nerve in the wrist .. The pain, buzz. or  tingle can affect you anywhere from the finger tips to the neck ,and upper arm ... I had a rider friend who had buzz,and tingle in most  all of his left hand.. and just had the Carpal operation  9 days ago... The buzz is all gone, 'cept for one fingertip , and its less than 2 weeks !!!!!! SilverDave /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 

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Saw a person with a "elastic Hand Brace" that looked like a "fingerless glove" that had a Velcro strap around the wrist? Fit like a 2nd Skin, but looked very comfortable?!

I have "Throttle Rockers" on BOTH Grips so I just rest my palms in them when riding and can gas it by putting slight pressure on the "throttle rocker", I go for miles and miles without ever griping the grips! Best thing I put on my bike, love them!

$10 each!:clapper:
 

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I have the same problem. My right wrist actually gets numb. I've tried the spandex bands, didn't help. I've just picked up some braces that have metal runniing up the inside by the palm. They help but feel very awkward...not a good feel on the throttle. When I can, I use the cruise control and let my right hand hand down for awhile. Getting old is a bi**h.
 

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Just spray your wrist with "WD 40" !!!:baffled:

Plus, if your Chickens aren't laying eggs you can't force them to, so quit "Choking your Chicken" and the wrist pain will go away!:baffled::goofygrin:
 

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Ruaidh, you might try changing the angle of your handlebars. I lowered the grip height by about 3" from where it was when I got the bike and it sure helped with some chronic pain I had in my right wrist. Lowering or raising the grip height makes quite a difference in the angle your wrist and hand make with the grip. Palm rests or Throttle Rockers as Wingdawg mentioned help a lot too, I've got Kuryakn grips with the throttle paddle on the right grip. It helps a lot since you don't have to keep a hard grip to move the throttle, you just keep some weight on it with the heel of your hand. Give the handlebar adjustment a try, it might work for you as it did for me.
 

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Hey Paul, is that an easy thing to do? I sure need some sort of help with my old bones.
 

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Hey Paul, is that an easy thing to do? I sure need some sort of help with my old bones.
Real easy, just loosen the handlebar clamps a bit and shift the bar ends up or down a bit.
 

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Hey Paul, is that an easy thing to do? I sure need some sort of help with my old bones.
Real easy, just loosen the handlebar clamps a bit and shift the bar ends up or down a bit.
When you do that ,turn the bars all the way right and left to see if they hit the tank or not?!:baffled:
 

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wingdawg101 wrote:
exavid wrote:
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Hey Paul, is that an easy thing to do? I sure need some sort of help with my old bones.
Real easy, just loosen the handlebar clamps a bit and shift the bar ends up or down a bit.
When you do that ,turn the bars all the way right and left to see if they hit the tank or not?!:baffled:
If you raise them do the same to make sure the clutch and brake masters don't hit the windshield. Between those extremes there is a reasonable amount of adjustment.
 

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Ruaidh wrote:
Okay, I'm Scotch and cheap, elastic bands work as well and it only takes one or two of the heavy duty bands to provide enough resistance for this exercise. The black tape looks a little goofy but is cheaper (again with the cheap!) than the "special, orthopedic" brace that was offered.
Ok, I'm of Scotish background (my mother was born in Glassgow) You're not cheap, just thrifty as my mom would say. Either way there's nothing wrong with saving alittle bit of money.

I'm have to try your tape trick because I'm starting to get the same feeling in the right wrist when I ride for to long. I use that as an excuse to stop for a bit to rest.
 

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I use a palm reat made by Markland that clips over the stock rubber grip. This lets me control the throttle without having to grip the handle tighly once I am underway and the road conditions are good. Check it out.
 

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The diagnosis that I got was from a doctor, I originally thought it was carpal tunnel but turns out I was wrong. And it's not the bike riding that does it to me; it's everyday movement of my hand. I feel it once in a while when I ride but my hand is actually in a better position when I ride as I curl the thumb around the grips rather than opening my palm so wide.

Additionally, carpal tunnel isn't relived by reducing the thumb joint, however, hyper-mobility is as your thumb is actually out of socket or misaligned in socket.

Maybe I'll try holding a pancake on it...
 

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I've seen this before and it is not uncommon. There is a product called "Coban" that is reuseable and may provide enough support. Athletic supply stores also stock "fexible" tape that sticks only to itself as well as athletic (white) tape in various widths. I would recommend that you start your tape at the wrist and move up until you can make a couple of higher loops that include the base of the thumb and then work it back around the wrist a couple of times.

I've used this with athletes for many years with good success.

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Get some Kury ISO Grips with palm rest this helped me a great deal. If I don't have it on cruise, allot of times I just pull my thumb from the bottom and lay it on top of the throttle with the rest of the fingers the palm rest workes well for this. Years ago I ripped my thumb clear off the hand they sewed it back on but I had some severed nerve endings therby the thumb gets numb quickly:jumper::jumper::jumper:
 

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I think I may have misled some of you. The riding isn't causing the pain, nor is it exacerbating it. As a matter of fact, when riding I hold my hand in the best position. I have some after-market grips that are a little larger in diameter than stock grips and are leather. I really don't grasp the grips as much as keep my hands there. At times if I hit a bump I can start to slow down because the throttle has slipped in my grip; I really do not have to hold it tight at all.

Sorry if I wasn't clear with the first post. This is a problem I've dealt with for years and just thought I'd share a possible fix for others experiencing the same thing.
 

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Hey Ruaidh,



I have had hand problems like yours for years now and one of my little tricks is to wear the gloves shown in the following link:

http://abcsafetyglasses.com/blse15mewegl1.html

If you are lucky like me and they fit to the point where they apply constant pressure to all parts of your hand, but not enough to cut off any blood flow, they work on the same priciple of elastic knee braces. (which, after 11 knee surgeries, is where I got the idea from) The gloves breathe enough to wear during the summer and they hold up really well too. They also are great for working on the bike and clean up just fine afterwards.

By the way, I'm Scottish as well... and a Scot to boot... but if I were scotch, I would have drank myself long ago.
 

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Yes, I've seen these gloves! I do wear gloves whenever I ride and they're decent leather work gloves that fit fairly tight, though not as tight as the Mechanix gloves would.
 
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