Maybe itís not bike vibration causing your hands and arms to tingle. - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Off Topic Discussions For all of your off topic talk and just general B.S. Jokes, funny stories, etc...

 1Likes
  • 1 Post By Fly-Sig
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Shibumik's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Indiana/Connecticut
Posts: 123
Garage
Maybe itís not bike vibration causing your hands and arms to tingle.

Like many, I have complained about V1k vibration at higher speeds. Itís small, but persistent and annoying. Anyone with a persistent nose tingle can attest to this. In many cases, I find myself driving highways at 75-80 mph and barely keeping up with traffic. I started noticing my hand and arm tingling recently. After having previous carpal tunnel surgery, I began scrambling for a solution. This problem had to go away.

Like many, I started looking for new grips, vibration-isolating risers, gel gloves and anything else that might relieve my malady. Today I made a run from Fishers, In to Columbus, Oh - about 250 miles taking awesome backroads. However, I suspected something quite different might be the culprit. If nothing else, I wanted to eliminate it from consideration. What was different this trip was the addition of a Cramp Buster and the subtraction of my gloves. Thatís right - I went hand commando today.

For those who donít know, your median nerve that serves your hand runs through an area in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. When this nerve gets irritated, lots of undelicious things happen in your hand and sometimes parts of your arm - and lots of things can piss it off. Vibrations exascerbate this problem, but so can pressure on your hand that compresses the carpal tunnel itself.

As it turns out, my gloves were tight enough and cinched around my wrist tight enough to compress my carpal tunnel - and it sucked! I decided a few changes were in order. A Cramp Buster allowed me to use the side of my hand and reduce grip pressure on the throttle - a brilliant piece of gear for $10! I also went sans gloves today. Admittedly, thatís not the smartest thing to do, I know.

After 250 miles or so today with a Cramp Buster and no gloves, no more tingling! So, before you go to the expense of building a vibration-isolated bike, do this test and see how you feel after a ride. It may not be your bike after all.

I will be looking for a glove that places no pressure on my wrist tomorrow.

Hope this helps.

ďIt would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.Ē

Andy Borowitz
Shibumik is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 10:00 AM
Member
 
Fly-Sig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 921
Changing the angle of the bars can help with positioning. Rotate them up or down. I found rotating them up has helped reduce or eliminate tingling. Or bar risers to move them higher or closer.
Shibumik likes this.
Fly-Sig is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 03:23 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Dirty Jersey
Posts: 156
Garage
I actually noticed a significant decrease in hand and wrist discomfort just by installing a set of heated grips. No, not the heat...the larger diameter of the grips is what made a huge difference. I guess they just fill the hand better, and help transfer any vibes/pressure over a larger area? Oh, and they are no softer than the stock grips either, just bigger dia. Something to consider/try?
mentolio is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 04:10 PM
Super Moderator
 
fasteddiecopeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
Posts: 16,815
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fly-Sig View Post
Changing the angle of the bars can help with positioning. Rotate them up or down. I found rotating them up has helped reduce or eliminate tingling. Or bar risers to move them higher or closer.
And it doesn't take MUCH - probably as little as 5 degrees or so.

Ed
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


'08 V AZ, '15 V650LT BC
Ride to D2D 2013, June '13

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2015, June '15

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2016, June '16

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fasteddiecopeman is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 04:45 PM
Member
 
Fly-Sig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 921
Quote:
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman View Post
And it doesn't take MUCH - probably as little as 5 degrees or so.
Yes, thanks to your comment on another thread I tried rotating the bars. If you've ever seen the ram's horn controls of an Embraer then you'll know what I was trying to achieve, a more natural wrist and elbow position. But rotating the bars to point the tips more towards the ground made my numb hand problem worse! So I rotated them the other way and essentially solved the numbness.

I'd guess about 10 degrees or a bit less was how much adjustment they needed.
Fly-Sig is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome