Originally posted by Loud412
I just started riding about 2 weeks ago, and I absolutly love it. The only real problem I'm experiancing is hand cramps. Mostly in my right hand but a little in my left also. Pain is localized to right where the thumb meets the rest of the hand. Just wondering if this is just newbee pain and my hands just have to get stronger, or if mabe my hand position is incorect. My right hand is usualy just my index and thumb on the grip with thte rest of my fingers on the brake.
1. Yes, it's mostly likely because you're new. If it doesn't go away shortly, see a Dr., as it could be something more serious that could benefit from early detection.
2. I don't think your throttle hand configuration is too good. At least, in the context of it being the configuration for most of the time. IMO, if you ride like that often, and being new, it's going to be waaaay too easy to "jam" on your front brake, and quite possibly, lock up your front wheel, by accident or not. I can see someone doing that during a leisurely ride on the highway, where all you have to do is keep minimal pressure on the throttle, but aside from that, I don't think it's the best way.
Durning my MSF course, the instructor frowned upon me covering the brake with simply my index and middle finger, or at times, just my index finger. He did insist upon using all three to cover, even so, I don't think that's the best thing to do for the majority of the time, thus, I do what smitty does.