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post #1 of 21 Old 06-19-2007, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Ok fellow StromTroopers... I have a problem.

I changed out my handlebars to the MSR Dominators... adjusted them to what "feels" like a comfortable position but my right hand still goes numb, not falling asleep numb (no pins and needles) just a tingling numb after about 30 minutes.

I have the bar weights and handguards on, I feel virtually no vibration in the bars (especially compared to the steel stockers). I also have neoprene wraps on the grips to keep my big-ass hands from cramping up on the small diameter bars.

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post #2 of 21 Old 06-19-2007, 12:32 PM
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Give us some details on the bars... I'm not familiar with them.
I know that the CR-Lo I had on mine were causing me a lot of the same problems. I think it has to do with the straightness of the bar ends. I needed more turn-in.
I took them off this past weekend and put the stockers back on. They have never felt more comfortable.
Do you cover your clutch and brake most of the time? I think we tend to forget to account for that hand position when choosing or adjusting bars. With the straight CR bars, my wrists were always angled out because I ride convering the clutch and brake.

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I have the ATV High bars... 31.5" Wide, 6.00" High, 3.94" Pull Back. They are really close to the stockers, with a better feel at the ends (the stockers always left my wrists bent, which is what I was attributing to the hand numbing).

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OK, have you tried adjusting your levers down some? This helped some for me.

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I was able to trace my hand numbing to a seam on the inside of my tour master glove that was running along the heel of the palm of my hand.

It wasn't too noticeable at first but on long rides my fingertips were asleep. I guess it was cutting off circulation ever so slightly.

Changed the gloves, problem gone.

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Changed the gloves, problem gone.
Same here. I was using Icon Heavy Duty gloves and they're about as comfortable as a baseball mit. When I switched to a soft pair of Olympia gloves, my hand pain went away.


<edit> You could also look at how tight your elbow pads fit. There's a nerve in your elbow that can get pinched and cause numbness in your pinky and ring fingers.

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I would say to check out all of your riding gear also. I had a pair of glove that made my hands sleepy if I at all thought about tightening the strap on the back of the wrist. I have also found the wrist cuff on a jacket can have an effect on the awake state of your fingers also.

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I wish equipment was the case... my test run the other day (while adjusting for position comfort) did not involve any gloves.

I have the bars positioned so that I can sit straight up (no slouch unless I want to) and arms in a relaxed, "chicken wing" capable position (loose elbows).

Funny thing, the left hand doesn't go numb. I was thinking maybe my back needs a good crack visit... but I don't numb out at all on my cruiser (except the arse).

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Funny thing, the left hand doesn't go numb.

Are you using any sort of throttle lock/assist?

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I have a throttle rocker, but it wasn't on the bike while I was adjusting the bars.
It's back on there now since it helps me flex the feeling back into my fingers while riding.

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