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My left forearm constantly goes numb while riding my 2011. I am thinking that a new set of bars may help resolve the issue.

What have you tried that fits well and is more comfortable?

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Not a bad idea.

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And when you do the anti vibe riser (or even before) try rotating the bars to find what is comfortable for you. I have the a/v riser and also rotated my bars a bit towards me, maybe an inch or 2.
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I will try rotating the bars a little this weekend.

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Tapered aluminum handlebars sure do help a lot. They are easily installed with Rox pivoting handlebar riser/adapter... Also, make sure your rear wheel is well aligned, as you can't rely on the swingarm's chain adjustment marks. Mine became remarkably more neutral and comfortable on the upper back, shoulders, arms, wrists and grip once I realized my alignment was way off, then adjusted it with a straight edge sitting on rear sprocket. An adjustment tool is available from Motion Pro, as many in this forum swear by.
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It's weird that it is your left arm that goes numb, why are you gripping so hard? My versys can numb my hands, and when that happens, I realize I'm gripping too hard on the bars.
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An adjustment tool is available from Motion Pro, as many in this forum swear by.
I have this and it works great.

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It's weird that it is your left arm that goes numb, why are you gripping so hard? My versys can numb my hands, and when that happens, I realize I'm gripping too hard on the bars.
I don't think that I am gripping very hard. Probably just the angle or my wrist of some frequency in the vibes that my body does not like.

Or, I could just be a whimp. Maybe I should get one of those grip strength balls to squeeze while I am at work.

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Not saying that you're a wimp, just that in my experience, numbness is always related to how tight I'm holding the bars. My XT660R, a thumper, was vibey and the vibes got worse when I installed Acerbis Rally Pro handguards, back then very expensive, so I rode that bike for a long time like that. That bike would put both my hands to sleep in 5 minutes if my grip on the bars was too tight.

Also, as I said, vibes are a very personal issue.

By the way, I've also found that on my Versys the vibes change a lot depending on chain adjustment.
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