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Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has had wrist pain like carpal tunel from riding?

I had pain in my left wrist from the first day I rode my bike. Went to the dr. did 3 weeks of ibuprofin and the pain came back as soon as I finished the perscription (although it has lessened somewhat).

I thought it might be repetative stress from the clutch, but I can ride without using the clutch for the most part and had stopped holding it in at stop lights, but the pain's still around. I ride with gloves that have the padded palm too and I have the iso hand grips, so I don't suspect it's vibrations causing it.

Anyone else have any experience and what fixed it for you? Different bars maybe (but why only one wrist)?

Thanks! :eek:
 

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Are your gloves to tight?Do you have a death grip on the bars?My right hand would go numb until i got the throttle luck,gives me a chance to rest,shake out my hand,yours being the clutch hand you have options to just shake it out more often,let arm dangle in the wind.
 

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You can get a clutch easment adapter itrs just a plate that extends the arm attached to the clutch . makes it easier to pull.

also try a neoprene brace while u sleep .
 

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Are your gloves to tight?Do you have a death grip on the bars?My right hand would go numb until i got the throttle luck,gives me a chance to rest,shake out my hand,yours being the clutch hand you have options to just shake it out more often,let arm dangle in the wind.
Thanks Nam, I do that stuff already, so it seems like it would go away :mad:

You can get a clutch easment adapter itrs just a plate that extends the arm attached to the clutch . makes it easier to pull.

also try a neoprene brace while u sleep .
That's a good idea, I'll look into that clutch adapter. I looked at it before, but thought that since I quit using the clutch about 85% of the time that it wasn't related. Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm losing faith in the docs for stuff like this. They tend to throw pills at problems and treat symptoms rather than trying to find out the actual cause. Seems like an ergonomics expert would be the person to talk to.

I figured riders who'd had first hand experience with the problem would be more helpful.
 

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Do you have Risers installed to change the handlebar location, thus changing the angle on your hands and wrists.
 

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First of all, modify your bike...as stated....clutch relief, risers, death grip, etc, then go to the correct physician....one who does surgery.....like an orthopaedic surgeon.......lethim review your history, physical, and X-ray findings..........a general practioner is not well trained to evaluate your wrist........if you are having wrist pain only....it may not be carpal tunnel syndrome.
 

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My friend had to sell his C because of pain. I think it had to do with the bars, which are more drag-style; meaning your hands and wrists are in a straight line from your arms, which, I believe, causes more of a tight grip pressure. I had an N and never had the tingling I felt when I rode my friend's C.

Try sitting on an N or R or ride one and see if you get the same pain. If you don't, change your C bars! If you do, follow Doc's advice and see a hand specialist, or go see him personally!!! :)
 

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Do you have Risers installed to change the handlebar location, thus changing the angle on your hands and wrists.

My friend had to sell his C because of pain. I think it had to do with the bars, which are more drag-style; meaning your hands and wrists are in a straight line from your arms, which, I believe, causes more of a tight grip pressure. I had an N and never had the tingling I felt when I rode my friend's C.

Try sitting on an N or R or ride one and see if you get the same pain. If you don't, change your C bars! If you do, follow Doc's advice and see a hand specialist, or go see him personally!!! :)
Thanks LazyDog and Windseeker, my bars and risers are stock and was wondering if that might be the problem.

Does anyone have suggestions on what style bars are the most comfortable?
 

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Thanks LazyDog and Windseeker, my bars and risers are stock and was wondering if that might be the problem.

Does anyone have suggestions on what style bars are the most comfortable?
Personally I love my "C" style drag bars. I have the large version of the Kewal Metal Risers, love the looks of those too :D

Choices for the C model are limited using the stock handlebars. If you willing to buy new handlebars "and" risers, then there are almost limitless choices. The R/S/T models have separate handlebars and risers, our C model the handlebar and risers are a 1pc welded unit.
 

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A LazyDawg suggested I would suggest trying a R, S or T model bars on a bike in your area. Perhaps someone in your area will respond here.
 

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It's a shame LazyDawg because I like the look of the drag bars, but this wrist pain is keeping out of sports, gym and even wanting to ride.

I was looking at biltwell's chump or 4 aces bars. It looks like they have a nice downturn at the bar ends. I think having my palms parallel to the ground is what is uncomfortable.

Are risers model specific (can I buy risers from biltwell)?

Are all the different model's handlebars interchangeable? Will risers and bars from a 1800 fit a 1300?

Thanks Blackdot, it's a good suggestion.
 

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Do you have Risers installed to change the handlebar location, thus changing the angle on your hands and wrists.
Yep, exactly what I was thinking. Can you either add risers or rotate the bars to a more comfortable position?

I have the Baron 4" kickbacks on mine and it saved me from a lot of pain right away.
 

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Yep, exactly what I was thinking. Can you either add risers or rotate the bars to a more comfortable position?

I have the Baron 4" kickbacks on mine and it saved me from a lot of pain right away.
I don't have any risers, just the stock t-bar that comes on the 1300c. I think it's the actual geometry of the bars (keeping my palms parallel to the ground and wrist turned out) causing problems. I'm leary to spend money on risers for the c then having to replace the bars and the risers (since the c risers don't have clamps required for other bars).
 

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I don't have any risers, just the stock t-bar that comes on the 1300c. I think it's the actual geometry of the bars (keeping my palms parallel to the ground and wrist turned out) causing problems. I'm leary to spend money on risers for the c then having to replace the bars and the risers (since the c risers don't have clamps required for other bars).
I tried using risers first, they did help but not enough. Save yourself some money and look into some new bars the first time around, you'll thank yourself later...

There's others out there that are similar, but I went with these and they took 95% of the problem away instantly, the rest is due to vibrations which can be cured some more with ISO grips and making sure you transfer the bar end weights from the stock bars. You'll still get some vibrations at different RPM's no matter what you do, but that's more or less the nature of the beast.

http://www.phatperformanceparts.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=CPH-1105

 

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I don't have any risers, just the stock t-bar that comes on the 1300c. I think it's the actual geometry of the bars (keeping my palms parallel to the ground and wrist turned out) causing problems. I'm leary to spend money on risers for the c then having to replace the bars and the risers (since the c risers don't have clamps required for other bars).
If yer up for about a 3.5 hr ride you can come to my place and check out the fit on my bike. More than welcome always happy to help

Heres a couple pics of my risers



 

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Check out Glen's Clutch Pull Relief device. He's a valued member here as well.

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If yer up for about a 3.5 hr ride you can come to my place and check out the fit on my bike. More than welcome always happy to help

Heres a couple pics of my risers



These are the same risers I have on my drag bar and they eased my back and shoulder pain to ZERO!
 

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I couldn't stand the 1300c bars. I got a set of 1800c risers and bars from someone here at the cafe. They have a look closer to the stock 1300c bars, but are much more comfortable. It completely changed the bike and I only paid $60 for the bars and risers. Also, changing to the 1800c risers and bars made the bike handle a lot better.
 

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I had some of that too...especially on longer rides. I have large hands and seemed to me that the grip was just too small. I installed larger diameter Kury grips and have not had any issues since. I think I was gripping to hard because my palm pretty much covered the grip and I had to wrap my fingers too much.
 
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