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Old September 16th, 2016, 09:50 AM   #1
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Carpal Tunnel flaring up when riding

Does anybody else have this issue? Especially on the clutch hand / wrist. At a long red light its a real challenge to keep the clutch in while sitting in first.

I know the importance of sitting in first so I do it, but boy does it get painful. I do have a dr appointment next month and I will be addressing this issue then. However until then does anybody have any ideas that work for them. I also have the brace thing but I do not think it i to work while I am riding.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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I discovered I have carpal tunnel in both wrists after a long cross country ride. My left hand got so bad it really was hard to ride for awhile or even pick things up and hold onto them.

My trick was to rest my thumb on top of the grip and use my palm to brace against when pulling the clutch in. For me, that eased up the discomfort enough that I could ride. Though I spend most of my time outside of towns and cities, so there wasn't a whole lot of clutch work.

I had carpal tunnel release surgery done on my left hand in January this year and am going in to set up my right hand in a few weeks. Doc originally said 3-6 months before I could fully use my hand again. It took 3 days for the swelling to go down, then about 2-3 weeks before I was able to pull my seatbelt forward. I was floored when the doc released me after 2 months to go riding again. He just advised putting thick padding on the grip to keep the vibrations off the incision site while the scar tissue finished healing.

today, my hand is much better than it had been for a long time. I can grip things again and it is not nearly as easy to have it go numb like it was.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 09:58 AM   #3
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The brace will work on your clutch side, but first some basics.

1. Stay loose on the bars
2. Adjust your levers so you don't have to bend your wrists so much to get to them
3. Think about shorty/adjustable levers to further customize your ergos
4. Make sure your gloves fit properly
5. A quick turn throttle may lessen the wrist movement needed on the throttle side
6. Keeping forearm as parallel to the ground will open your arm up to the most flexibility for inputs to the bike with minimal effort and stress
7. More frequent rest breaks could go a looooonnnngggg way to not physically overwork hands/wrists
8. Anti Inflammatories before the ride, may prevent a problem before it becomes one
9. Stretching before the ride could also lessen the effects of stress areas before they become full on pain areas
10. Preconditioning (physical therapy) to build strength and stamina could address issues and lessen effects of riding
11. fatter grips/thicker grips/padding in gloves could lessen the effects of vibration in the hands and wrists
12. Adjust friction zone and bleed brakes very well so finger movements and power/effort are minimized

Just ask if you need more ideas.

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Old September 16th, 2016, 10:08 AM   #4
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Fatigue on your wrist may be contributing to this problem along with the constant clutch action. Try a "Cramp Buster". Meant for the throttle/brake side, they'll fit on the clutch side too. They take a lot of pressure off of your wrists, allowing for a more relaxed ride. I have them on both sides and they really work. I use the standard wide model. !wr.JPG
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Old September 16th, 2016, 10:18 AM   #5
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Avoid bending your wrists backwards (toward the sky), rather try to keep them roughly straight.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 10:31 AM   #6
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Oh, yeah, bar risers also helped straighten my wrists out.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 03:13 PM   #7
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Loosen up, that's the big one.
All of my bikes are different, I have crazy carpal tunnel issues, yet never have a problem on the bikes.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 03:55 PM   #8
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wow so many great ideas thank you all so much. I am going to incorporate all of them as I go.. Thanks so much.

I love this board, allot of help here.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 05:57 PM   #9
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I should adjust the angle on my own bike:

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Old September 16th, 2016, 07:22 PM   #10
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I ride everyday to work, riding with friends or even to do my grocery shoppings. I get the symptoms every now and then.

Stretching up before a ride helps and i often go to a massuer to massage my body once in a week.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 07:42 AM   #11
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I'm just going to put this out there.

I make a 1/5th throttle insert that works on the 600's, 10R, 14R

it reduces the throw of the throttle grip from 92' degrees of rotation, Idle to WOT... to 72' degrees of rotation.

a number of the 10R pilots have said it helps the carpal tunnel

I know it's difficult to do on the new 300. There is lots of extra plastic inside the throttle housing. LittleRed was giving it a go.


the ones I have are designed to fit Kawasaki throttle grip part number 46019-0001 and 46019-1095.

it may fit others as frequently a different part number just means the rubber on the plastic has changed.

If you want to give it a try, shoot me a PM and we'll go from there.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 11:08 PM   #12
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I have some torn cartilage in my left wrist and I notice that when I am resting too heavily on the bars that it begins to hurt more. Your carpal tunnel issue may be similar. To reset my posture I'll take my opposing hand off the handlebars which forces me to stop leaning on the bars and I feel the weight relieve. Remembering to keep your weight off the bars while riding is key, it will likely relieve some of the tension reducing your pain at stop lights.

Personally I kick it into neutral and lane split to the front. From there I can keep an eye on all the lights and shift into first when I need to. On my beamer the clutch is crazy stiff so this has become a necessity.

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Old September 26th, 2016, 05:36 PM   #13
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I have some torn cartilage in my left wrist and I notice that when I am resting too heavily on the bars that it begins to hurt more. Your carpal tunnel issue may be similar. To reset my posture I'll take my opposing hand off the handlebars which forces me to stop leaning on the bars and I feel the weight relieve. Remembering to keep your weight off the bars while riding is key, it will likely relieve some of the tension reducing your pain at stop lights.

Personally I kick it into neutral and lane split to the front. From there I can keep an eye on all the lights and shift into first when I need to. On my beamer the clutch is crazy stiff so this has become a necessity.

Best of luck!
Hmmm, yes I have noticed a huge difference not death gripping the handlebars. Still to chicken to split lanes and I only sit in neutral when nobody is behind me or coming up behind me, ( Calif. basically never).

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Old September 26th, 2016, 05:37 PM   #14
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Hmmm, yes I have noticed a huge difference not death gripping the handlebars. Still to chicken to split lanes and I only sit in neutral when nobody is behind me or coming up behind me, ( Calif. basically never).

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Why would you "death grip" while riding?
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Why would you "death grip" while riding?
Most all newbies do it, as did you. She knows it's bad.
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Most all newbies do it, as did you. She knows it's bad.
Ooohhh... that grip. I thought she was angry with the bike or something.
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Does anybody else have this issue? Especially on the clutch hand / wrist. At a long red light its a real challenge to keep the clutch in while sitting in first.

I know the importance of sitting in first so I do it, but boy does it get painful. I do have a dr appointment next month and I will be addressing this issue then. However until then does anybody have any ideas that work for them. I also have the brace thing but I do not think it i to work while I am riding.
I never sit in first. I'm always in neutral at a stop. when I come to a stop at a light, i park at the far side of a lane, like almost on the line, in case a car behind me gets too close.

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If your brace prevents movement too much you can use the above to add support and as much structure that will fit in your glove by wrapping it in layers and it's more flexible than a rigid brace.
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I never sit in first. I'm always in neutral at a stop. when I come to a stop at a light, i park at the far side of a lane, like almost on the line, in case a car behind me gets too close.

Yes, sometimes I just have to do that also; even though everywhere says not to. I figure if I need to get out-of-the-way quickly, I will probably just jump off the bike instead of trying to concentrate on what to do next. I am still new enough where nothing is just routine, I literally have to think (not over think, but consciously decide what to do next) Not like driving a car, which is so normal that I do not need to think. If this makes sense?
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Yep. I keep an eye on cars while stopped at intersections, and first/neutral depends where I am in things. If I'm buffered with cars around me, I feel fairly safe letting it sit in neutral a lot of the time. If I'm out front, or in a position where I might need to run for it, I might sit in first. Unless that's going to hurt me (I don't necessarily have carpal tunnel, officially, but sometimes your hands just hurt), then I'll be in neutral.
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