Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Sydney, Australia
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There are four things I'm aware of that will cause numbness in the hands and aches in the wrists:
Hanging on too tight
Vibration through the handlebars
Too much weight on your wrists
Levers set up incorrectly.
Add a fifth: old throttle cables that don't move easily. Heavy return springs on the throttle will exacerbate this problem.
As others have said, be conscious of relaxing. I regularly go through a relaxation regime to address this and other aches and pains (I'm not getting any younger).
You don't indicate what bike you are riding. I assume a Versys, but which year model? The 2015 comes with rubber mounted engine. This eliminates vibration. Earlier models are prone to vibrating.
The seating position on the Versys already minimises weight on wrists, so this should not be a problem.
When you are sitting on the bike, put your hands on the bars then extend you fingers so they are in line with your lower arm. They should be just resting on the levers. If not, adjust the position of the levers.
If your bike is getting on in years a new set of throttle cables will make life much better. I change my cables every 60,000km as routine maintenance. It is amazing how much difference it makes.
I have found that the throttle return spring on my 2015 V is just a tad on the heavy side, but not enough to make me do anything about it.
A major problem is that a number of the above issues can combine to make matters horrible. Some years ago I had a 650 Ninja. Same engine as V, but no rubber engine mounts. I also could not get the weight off my wrists. I really liked the bike, but could never stop my hands going numb, so I sold it. The 2015 V resolved virtually all the issues the Ninja had.
If you address the issues I've detailed above, about the only one left is the heavy throttle return spring. Try using a throttle jockey (or palm rest - whatever you want to call it). Some people find these OK, others can't stand them. You won't know until you give it a go. I use one on my DR650 but not on the V. The DR vibrates and the throttle jockey allows me to not use as much pressure to hold on to the bars, thus eliminating the vibration part of the problem.
Hope this helps,