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Old 10-16-2012, 03:48 PM
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You are on a long ride and your wrist starts hurting. What do you do? Put ice on it at night and wrap it during the day? I have had this problem in the past and just rode through the pain. Years ago after a three day marathon trip, I actually lost some feeling in my hand.
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My hands go to sleep if the reach to the bars is too long, or if my gloves are too tight. Wrists hurt like hell too, that has more to do with the bar angle in my case and I've been able to "adjust it out".
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:06 PM
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I'm good with the stock bar angle so only have to be careful not to grip too hard. A very light grip is best. A cruise control helps with that. I broke my left wrist in 2006 so am careful to stay loose.
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ice for more than 15 minutes makes more damage than help, and I mean on muscle or other pains




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throttle locks make me nervous but i got a crampbuster before my last long trip and done wonders for pain in my hand/wrist area. best 6 bucks i've spent. fwiw, i got the wider one.
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If its just the throttle wrist I use a strap on throttle rocker so that I can hold the throttle with my palm and relax my hand. Other versions include Crampbuster, usually they are about $10. The other thing I like are foam grip covers which increase the diameter of the grip and are more comfortable for me.
Might also pay some attention to the angle your wrist is at when riding, adjusting your hold may help.
I'd also consider getting a medical person to look at it if none of this works. With carpal tunnel as rampant as it is you don't want to overlook possiblities.
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You might find some relief by occasionally holding the throttle grip by opening your hand (palm opened flat) and using only the V between your thumb and 1st finger to hold your speed during straight line cruising.
It will reduce the wrist pressure and refresh your thottle hand from the gripping strain.

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When I moved from dirt bikes to street bikes, I initially had wrist issues but was able to solve them by taking the following steps:
(1) Added grip puppies (I have larger hands)
(2) Installed up and back risers which also helped with neck and back pain
(3) Use a throttle rocker or lock for longer rides
(4) Made a conscious effort to loosen my grip.
(5) Finally and most important, I became very aware of the angle of my wrists relative to the grips/bars. It is very important to make sure that your wrists are directly in line with your arms and as close to perpendicular to the grips/bars as possible. My theory is that most wrist pain and tingling is caused by the wrists being bent laterally in an unnatural position. In my case I think it was caused by my natural tendency to ride with my elbows out because of my dirt bike riding days. This worked fine on dirt bikes which have straighter bars and a wider sweep. But if you try to transfer that same position over to bars with a narrower sweep, your wrists end up completely at odds with the angle of your arms.

Try this: While riding with gloves off so you can see your wrists, glance down at your arms and wrists. Are they in line with each other or are the wrist cocked to one side? I'll bet the inside of your wrists are almost fully extended. If so, pull your elbows inward toward your sides. You should see your wrist straighten out and come more in alignment with your arms.

I suggest first looking at the things you can do to change your riding style and body position. This costs nothing and it may be just that simple. If not, then look at taking other measures that will change the bike's ergonomics to fit YOU better. For me it was a combination of both, but really 90% of the solution was adapting MYSELF to the bike rather than the bike to ME. YMMV.

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Thanks for the posts, some good advice in them. I have the throttle rocker, it helped a lot. I am thinking about strengthening my wrists with exercises before a trip and trying to relax more during the trip. I think tenseness and gripping too hard in heavy traffic might be the culprit.
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You might find some relief by occasionally holding the throttle grip by opening your hand (palm opened flat) and using only the V between your thumb and 1st finger to hold your speed during straight line cruising.
It will reduce the wrist pressure and refresh your thottle hand from the gripping strain.

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