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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Throttle hand cramp

I am a very new rider. I took my first real spin a few days ago. Shortly into the ride my right hand started cramping. I guess it is because my grip is tighter due to turning the throttle. I found that during my rider class, my left hand would actually go numb and tingle when holding in the clutch for long periods of time. (We were learning to find the "sweet spot" between the throttle and clutch in first gear).
Does anyone else experience this? Can anyone recommend certain gloves, certain hand exercises ...etc?
I ask this because I can see it being a major issue during long riding periods.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 02:53 PM
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With time you will build confidence and start to relax on you rides. You need to be alert but relaxed at the same time. Just keep riding and before you know it you will have the confidence. I do where gloves for protection when I ride. Just find a pair that feel good and use them. I have a throttle buddy (google for options) that helps on long rides.
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With time you will build confidence and start to relax on you rides..
So, you think my hand is just too tight on the grip? I'll take notice next time I ride.
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Hi Aunttudie, lb is right. Once your confidence increases, you'll learn to relax more. I was experiencing similar issues and raised my handlebars about an inch higher and it helped. Just a suggestion though. Keep us updated with your progress.
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Another thing is you can rotate your bars back or forward to make the reach just right. Don't forget to tighten back really good. They will rotate while riding if you don't. And yes that's experience talking.
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I have the same issue and I've been riding for quite a number of years. Didn't have this issue with my 1100 because I swapped out the grips for Kuriyakin iso grips with a throttle boss. I'm doing the same with my liner tomorrow and hopefully this cures my numb right hand.

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Just got back from riding about 30 miles. I took your advise and tried to relax my body a bit. I'm a little sore, but no where near the cramping I had earlier this AM when I only rode about 3 miles. I have a total of 50 miles on my bike now. My ride to work is about 22 miles one way and I am going to attempt that on Sunday since it is supposed to be about 80 degrees here. Thanks for the help.
Once I get more comfortable with riding, I think I will look at adjusting things to my liking. Right now I don't really know what I like about the bike and what I don't. We don't know each other that well yet.
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You're already making progress, one ride at a time.
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I will second what everyone else has advised. Yes they make different grips to isolate vibration and they make little gadgets to help alleviate hand and wrist cramps but at this stage I would suggest all you need is more seat time. Being nervous will not only increase the grip on the handles your whole body is probably tensed up to a certain degree. Your body also needs to get adjusted to the demands of riding as well. My first few trips had my butt hurting after 15 - 20 minutes. Now it's normally well after an hour before I even think about it. As you become more confident you will naturally relax. Just don't ever forget you are on a motorcycle and get so relaxed that you get careless.
I also agree with your thinking of not making any adjustments on the bike just yet. Time will tell you what you need and want.

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Remember to move your fingers...especially on the throttle hand. Just wiggling one at a time will make a big difference.

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