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Old 04-15-2008, 04:21 PM   #21
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Death grip? Loosen up some, and the hand numbness will
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I'm going with Death grip also. When I was a youngin on my Mini bike my hands would go numb, due to my death grip. Relax the grip, get some gel grips (granted on a cruiser its form over function but...)and if your bars cause you to have to death grip to keep from being blown off the bike, buy different bars.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:36 PM   #22
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Hm, death grip...

Actually, my wife watched me ride the other day, and commented that my shoulders and arms looked really stiff. I have caught myself holding tightly to the grips at times and have had to relax, but once it starts going numb, I probably hold a little tighter just because I cant feel it, which probably makes it more numb.

I will have to go out on a ride, and concentrate on holding on just enough to maintain the throttle.

Thanks for the ideas and feedback, I will definately try these things out, and let yall know how it goes.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:44 PM   #23
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Hm, death grip...

Actually, my wife watched me ride the other day, and commented that my shoulders and arms looked really stiff. I have caught myself holding tightly to the grips at times and have had to relax, but once it starts going numb, I probably hold a little tighter just because I cant feel it, which probably makes it more numb.

I will have to go out on a ride, and concentrate on holding on just enough to maintain the throttle.

Thanks for the ideas and feedback, I will definately try these things out, and let yall know how it goes.
It's fairly easy to let the left-hand loosen-up a bit if you catch yourself giving it the "Clench of Death" and flex your hands on the road - but your Right hand is harder to do that with. Look for a little 39-cent piece of plastic they sell for about $10 in most BMW shops, called the Cramp Buster. It affixes to your throttle (no tools, non-permanent, no damage, etc.), and you can use the heel of your hand to give the fingers a bit of a rest, while still on-the-go. I would recommend a similar device called the Throttle Rocker - but they changed it, and it doesn't work as well any more. They were nearly the same, though.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:52 PM   #24
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Maybe he's just a clumsy dentist...
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:43 AM   #25
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Field artillery without wheels!!!!! I love it. How tight do your gloves fit? Can you clench your fist without the glove feeling tight? If not, you need a larger glove. If you can then try riding with the index and middle fingers resting on the clutch and brake levers.
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Field artillery without wheels!!!!! I love it. How tight do your gloves fit? Can you clench your fist without the glove feeling tight? If not, you need a larger glove. If you can then try riding with the index and middle fingers resting on the clutch and brake levers.
Y'know - I never could do that: I've got to use my middle, ring, and pinkie fingers when covering the brake. It just feels too "weird" for me to use index and middle.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:03 AM   #27
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Field artillery without wheels!!!!! I love it. How tight do your gloves fit? Can you clench your fist without the glove feeling tight? If not, you need a larger glove. If you can then try riding with the index and middle fingers resting on the clutch and brake levers.

Gloves fit nicely. I tried on a variety at the local motorcycle shop. I ended up with the XL's both by fit, and by their sizing guide. They fit very nicely, however, if I clench a very tight fist, I can feel the leather ever so slightly getting snug, however, it doesnt even feel like I have them on when I ride (before I start getting numb, lol.) I tried the 2xl's, and they are huge, and the thumb was like 2x as long as my thumb. Are most motorcyclist's thumbs really long, cause that was totally weird, and it was that way with different manufacturers gloves.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:13 AM   #28
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I've found that gloves are just sized and proportioned in a wildly inconsistent way... and that's before you take into account the minor differences in stitching between two of the exact same brand and model.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:12 AM   #29
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I ruled out the gloves. I wore them for 45 minutes while I sat and watched TV. I also held a tight fist for over 15 minutes with both hands, and never lost feeling or felt numbness. I think the gloves are OK.

Its finally a decent day to ride, so I am going to see how things go today. Slightly adjusting my riding posture, relaxing the grip, etc... Hopefully I can get this figured out, so I can keep riding comfortably and safely.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:26 PM   #30
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Did some expermenting on my ride today. I discovered that a very light grip, almost just resting my hands on the grips, produces no numbness or tingling. I also tried raising my 1st finger off the grip, and that produces a lighter grip that works too. I did notice that on a 1/2 mile bumpy road, my hands began to feel a little tingly, because I was gripping slightly tighter, however, after that road, I could relax again, and full feeling returned.

So, I believe it was the "death grip" however, for me, I experience negative effects if I use anything more than about 1/6th of my strength.

Thanks for all of the suggestions, feedback, and info. I am looking forward to more riding as the weather improves and warms up.
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