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Old 05-12-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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So I'm new to riding and I was cruising around today, and after a very short amount of time my hands went completely numb, which was obviously not very cool. Are there any exercises I can do to fix this problem?

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:52 PM   #2
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I bet you had a white-knuckle grip on the bar. I used to do that all the time when I started dirtbiking.

The best thing you can do is relax! I have very limited experience on the street, but even on the rough terrain of trails and motoX riding, those bars don't tend to go anywhere without you moving them yourself .

But I suppose some of those squeezie-things would help get your hand strength up .
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:29 PM   #3
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JMcDonald speaks sooth! Look up "Carpal Tunnel/Tendonitis Preventive Exercises"
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What they ^^^^^^ said. Also, certain bikes make more vibrations than others. There are a host of anti-vibration products out there to calm the vibes such as a bar snake, foam grip overlays (grip buddies), and bar-end weights. All will reduce, but not eliminate the vibes.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:03 AM   #5
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What they ^^^^^^ said. Also, certain bikes make more vibrations than others. There are a host of anti-vibration products out there to calm the vibes such as a bar snake, foam grip overlays (grip buddies), and bar-end weights. All will reduce, but not eliminate the vibes.
Ahh yeah I forgot about the. That was another reason to keep a softer grip on the bars, because yeah those buzzy 2-strokes were definitely NOT forgiving there!

I've also heard of gloves with palm padding to help with the vibrations.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:06 AM   #6
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Gel grips too, but concentrating on relaxing the death grip will work 5x better than anything you can buy.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:28 AM   #7
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RBF,

You don't say what sort of bike you are riding. If you are riding a 'sporty' bike, you may be resting too much of your upper body weight on your hands. That'll make them numb in a hurry.

If you think that is the case, next time on the bike, try to posture yourself by trying to push your bellybutton as far forward as you can, while keeping your shoulders in the same place.

That'll serve to curve your lower spine properly, and will unload your forearms/wrists.

Another thing to try is to practice riding while holding the handgrips with your index fingers and thumbs only - no palms.

And if it is a GRIP! issue, practice riding with your middle fingers extended over the brake and clutch levers. That keeps you from trying to strangle the handlebars.

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Old 05-13-2010, 12:55 PM   #8
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It's a Ninja 500R. Push; I will try the new posture for sure. I have this Icon jacket that - although looks incredibly cute - makes your arms stay in this rigid zombie like state (and I think the constant fight against a clausterphobic panic attack outweighs most of the nervousness I actually have on the bike). I'm sure the ability to actually move my elbows and shoulders would help if posture makes that much of a difference!

It does vibrate horribly, I will look into that ty!

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Old 05-13-2010, 01:19 PM   #9
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A Ninja 500 shouldn't vibrate horribly. Might need a tune up.
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Define: "It does vibrate horribly" please. All motos vibrate, to some extent.

(well, 'cept for mebbe then new ding-fangled 'lecktrickery bikes)
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