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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-09-2005, 01:33 PM
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Re: Hand cramps

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.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-09-2005, 02:03 PM
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Same here

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Smitty View Post
In all my yrs of riding I have never, bar probably my first year, held onto the grips with thump & forefinger.

It is actually the wrap of the thumb & hand to only the pinky & next finger that grip to some extent. ALWAYS when in town/city or amongst traffic on the hwys I will cover the clutch & front brake levers with my fore-finger & next finger.

A habit I picked up when in many forms of dirt comp & especially Observed Trials plus when 2-strokes were brought onto road racing & if you were slip-streaming behind one (no fairings in those days) you were darn close & they might have the piston(s) start to try & weld inside the bbl so the 4-stroke rider was facing a locked up rear wheel & the same with the 2-stroke racer so when flat out be you on a 2-stroke or 4-stroke racer we tended to cover the levers.

In honestly I have never had cramps in my hands or any numbing. Still so many yrs of riding tells one a lot.

Another factor is you are riding a slight lean forward riding position bike SO use the muscles of your legs, abs & back to reduce all the weight you are putting on your wrists & hands.
When you get as old as me, you will try anything to relive stress on body! You think of 3 wheels with automatic transmission...
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 10:21 PM
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Loosen up your grip and try to adjust your riding posture (not leaning forward too much). If the cramps are in your left hand because of the clutch, you can adjust the clutch lever too to a more comforting position. It will definitely while riding during rush hours.

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