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In the very near future I will undergo right hand wrist fusion.Are there any of you who have had this surgery,and if so could you still twist the throttle on your wing?If you could not what modification did you perform to be able utilize your throttle?Would a thumb throttle designed for a quad work in place of a twist throttle?Your input is much needed as parking my 1500 is NOT an option.Thank you all,Jeff.
 

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Thanks mike,problem is I will lose all movement in my wrist so quad hrottle is sounding better.
 

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Thanks mike,problem is I will lose all movement in my wrist so quad hrottle is sounding better.
The problem with Quad throttles is that most if not all are single cable and likely are not legal for street use.
 

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...not legal for street use.
This is an issue you might want to check with your local DOT. Fact of that matter is that most all of the handicap equipped automotive controlling devices are not legal for use...'by other than the intended handicapped driver.' Generally speaking, this wouldn't be much of an issue if you haven't any use of the throttle wrist, but to be safe, you might check with your DOT.
 

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I think you'd still be able to work a bike throttle with finger and thumb action. A thumb throttle could be set up but might not have fine enough control. I have a neighbor who has a fused wrist, layed a tile floor in my house with me helping but I didn't notice his wrist action until a couple days into the job. It didn't affect him much. His wrist was shattered when working on a fire truck engine when someone shut the hood while he had his hand in the engine compartment back near the hinge. One thing that will help is the Goldwing's cruise control. It should be possible to reverse the throttle and clutch so you had a throttle and brake on the left with the clutch on the right. The brake and clutch shouldn't be hard to reverse mainly it's just the hoses and rewiring the switches. With a bit of ingenuity the throttle should be doable. After that it would just be the matter of getting used to it. A bit of practice should handle that. It wouldn't matter too much which switches were on which side.
One othe possibility I can see would be using a throttle boss which should give a pretty good range of motion using your fingers and the heel of your hand.
 

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It should be possible to reverse the throttle and clutch so you had a throttle and brake on the left with the clutch on the right. The brake and clutch shouldn't be hard to reverse mainly it's just the hoses and rewiring the switches.
The clutch and brake master cylinders are totally different animals and not interchangeable.:shock:
 

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I too have ridden with my arm in a cast -- not as aggressively as without, certainly.

I remember flapping my elbo up and down to control throttoel and needing to strengthen my left arm for some of the slow speed manuvers.

Most anything that can be said, even by someone that has gone through the procedure, would be subjective and may not apply to your situation. Therefore, I would suggest experimentation and research. If you're about ready for fusion, doubtless you have a wrist brace of sorts available to you... Barring that, you've probably got an old sock, a ruler (or a few sticks) and some duct-tape...

Why not try to imobilize your wrist joint as you physician has described? Splint across the wrist to preclude yaw/tilt/roll and try to figure out how you'd feel. Fully knowing how this could work for you will probably also help your mind be at ease with the procedure and more accepting of the outcome... Why not just try it?
 

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Thank all of you for your input,with your help and my determination my wing will not find herself on cl.
 

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The clutch and brake master cylinders are totally different animals and not interchangeable.:shock:
There isn't all that much difference if you leave the masters where they are and just switch the hydraulic lines. The bore and stroke of them both are not that much different. The switches, brake light and clutch interlock and cruise interrupt would need a bit of modification but I can't see that being a major problem. I think the cruise interrupt on the clutch master is the only one that is normally closed. If one had to that could be reversed to normally open by means of a relay. It definitely would be worth a try, the main consideration would be in comparing how much fluid each master pumped per stroke. I really don't think it's that much different.
 

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"One othe possibility I can see would be using a throttle boss which should give a pretty good range of motion using your fingers and the heel of your hand. "
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I think the Throttle Boss is the best thing to try
 
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