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Can I add a thumb throttle to the left side?

My elbow hurts after an hour, I have 2" risers and probably need to move them back a bit. Is it possible to have a left thumb throttle and the normal twisty?

I'm looking to use the thumb throttle only for maintaining speed and some accel/decel control while I rest the right, not for rowing through the gears or any serious riding. I'm not sure if this is possible on these bikes due to the one throttle cable.

I have a 'cruise' clip thing to hold the throttle but that is scary to use and needs a lot of screwing around to turn it 'on' temporarily.
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get a throttle assist puts some of the pressure on your palm so you dont have to grip as hard

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Read the thread but didn't see anything related to a thumb throttle. When I'm cruising the throttle is wide open with my tips resting on it and my wrist dropped low, I barely grip the thing even when riding normally. It's mainly my elbow position that causes pain. I ride no hands a lot to stretch but I still have elbow pain. I have big hands so I figure I don't need to grip as much anyways.

When I wear my thin mechanix gloves I get cramps in both hands, happened with proper riding gloves years ago too.
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Then your main problem is the vibrations transmitted through stock steel handlebars.

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What year is your Versys? The main cause is the cheap steel handlebars. I never even bothered with them, and started with tapered aluminum handlebars on my then new 2007... You can get a Rox pivoting adjustable handlebar riser which can also be an adapter for tapered aluminum handlebars. I've never had numbing problems, and my stock mirrors always showed a clear image... It's even better now with billet aluminum mirrors which are also more aerodynamic.

Riding with a loose grip will get you in deep trouble when you least expect it.
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Also, I was having upper back and shoulder problems until I realized my rear wheel was misaligned. This was confirmed with a straight edge on rear sprocket. Mine has to be ahead on the right side by half the distance between swingarm alignment marks to be properly aligned. It is a common problem with the Versys. Many use a Motion Pro chain alignment tool.

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