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post #1 of 18 Old 05-21-2010, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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New 'Strom, already wrist issues

I just picked up my well-farkled 2008 DL650 yesterday and already I'm noticing some issues. The bike has every upgrade I thought I could want including bar-back risers for the handlebars which I imagined would give me a more upright posture (which I want) but instead I'm getting numb hands and some wrist pain from the angle. I'm guessing these are the stock bars w/ an obviously nonstock riser, but I think I need something that pulls back a bit more - I'm leaning forward a tad bit which is likely putting pressures on my wrist they've never experienced. Given that my last bike was an old mid-size tourer (81 Honda Silverwing 500, think a naked baby Goldwing) with what basically equated to (stock) miniature ape-hangers, this sitting position is new for my wrists. My boyfriend also pointed out that if I do get bigger bars, I'm going to need a bunch of new cables also as these are about to their limit.

Should I give my wrist some time to acclimate in the hopes it'll get better (I don't think that's going to happen, this wrist has been giving me trouble at work but the Strom is the first bike I've felt it on)? It's paining me on the inside top of my left (clutch) hand. Any thoughts on more pull-backy bars I can trade up to? Advice or pictures would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-21-2010, 10:50 AM
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I've got the Rox 2" risers.

They have two adjustment points so that you could have 2" of pullback and no rise, vise versa or somewhere between.



The stack bars have a fair amount of bend back in them, too which some owners find objectionable. ATV bars are a common fix for this.

Also, carving or stuffing the seat for a more ergonomic "pocket" could help, too.

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The bike came with a Sargent seat so it's pretty ergonomic already. I really like those risers - I'd probably paint them black to go with everything else but it's definitely a great idea! How much do they cost, and do you have a part number?

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I have a general rule that I don't make any changes to a bike until I've got about 1000 miles on it. I'm coming from a different direction than you having ridden sport-touring rides with a semi-sport riding position; the Wee feels like sitting straight up to me and I can't imagine ever putting risers on one or I'd feel like I was riding a cruiser. Give yourself some time to adjust, I'd even suggest taking off your risers for a while, you may be surprised that the stock riding position could be more comfortable than with the risers on.

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I have wrist and shoulder pain on just about every single bike, atv whatever i ever own. Took me a while to figure it out but it was caused by the "pullback" of the bars. I needed straighter bars(less pullback). Like dirtbike handlebars. Then get your bars back closer to you with ROX risers like posted above. Might not be your problem.. but sounds like it may be.

What i used to tell what my wrists and shoulders needed: Ride till your in pain then place your hands on top of the drip and move it around till your pain goes away. wider, different angles etc...

You may not guess the right height, pullback etc.. the first time. So i bought some cheap $20 steel atv/dirtbike handlebars to start just to get if they were the right "feel". You can cut the metal crossbar out of them for temporary use. So then if you guess wrong, your only out $20. Once you find the right ones.. get its specs and then you can buy higher quaility ones if you want.

Tip: The ROX risers are great and allow SO much adjustability!!
Those ROX risers are now available in a verson that accepts 7/8" bars and 1 1/8" bars. I'd pay the little extra and get those so you can always use the risers with any bars.. on any bike etc...

I now keep my handlbars when i sell my bikes or atv's and just transplant them to my new stuff.

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BTDT.

1. Very small adjustments can matter a lot. Try moving the bar up or back an inch at a time with a few hundred miles in between.

2. Crampbusters on both sides are golden.
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Bigger grips can help too. Grip Puppies or Pro-Grip 714s are popular. See this for one example.

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The bike came with a Sargent seat so it's pretty ergonomic already. I really like those risers - I'd probably paint them black to go with everything else but it's definitely a great idea! How much do they cost, and do you have a part number?
Here's a link to the website:

http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/ca...?subcat_id=268

The part number is 3R-P2SS it's a universal part for 7/8" diameter bars. $80.00.

Like you I had wrist issues with the bike from the get-go. After about a year I decided to get the risers and they went away. I keep them mostly vertical with a slight pull back.

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Grip puppies & handlebar risers did it for me... I'm an old computer geek and I have bad wrists!!
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I agree with Greywolf give the grip puppies a try the major reason IMO, is holding the bar too tight. Cruise control or the various cramp throttle controls help some, but I don't like them myself.
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