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Slight numbness - throttle hand
« on: September 29, 2018, 07:35:49 pm »
Hi all,

Have had the bike for just over a month and thoroughly happy riding it. Added some mods for enjoyment and really digging the everyday use but one thing that I've noticed is that the throttle hand tends to get slightly numb/tingle after an hour or so. I try to use the knees to keep my body more upright and that helps for a bit, but the tingling comes back. Any ideas for minimizing this? Not sure I want to do Helibars yet, but what about Grip Puppies or heavier bar ends to reduce vibration?

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 08:19:38 pm »
I had a similar issue and just installing Grip Puppies took care of it.

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 08:26:11 pm »
I had a similar issue and just installing Grip Puppies took care of it.
Robert,

Thanks for the feedback, I'll definitely look into them

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018, 09:52:43 pm »
Barry, I think foam grips will help you.
But you need to look into other options too...
Consider a throttle lock so you can relax your hand periodically.
or; Have you tried raising or moving the bars back?

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2018, 10:31:11 pm »
This is what I did.   http://originalbeemerbuddies.com/   COG industry or used to be and cost a whole whopping $24.95.

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2018, 11:42:21 pm »
+1 on the foam grips. Local store didn't have Grip Puppies. They had Grab On grips so I got hose. They look & work the same.
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2018, 12:18:50 am »
Barry, I think foam grips will help you.
But you need to look into other options too...
Consider a throttle lock so you can relax your hand periodically.
or; Have you tried raising or moving the bars back?

Ride safe, Ted

Ted,

Unfortunately for my commute, too many cagers and traffic for the throttle lock option. Now, raising the bars/moving them back, is that the Helibar option (or something similar)?
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2018, 12:21:05 am »
This is what I did.   http://originalbeemerbuddies.com/   COG industry or used to be and cost a whole whopping $24.95.

Easy to install.
+1 on the foam grips. Local store didn't have Grip Puppies. They had Grab On grips so I got hose. They look & work the same.

Tim and MtnRider,

Definitely options to consider, to go along with what Ted mentioned. I'll be checking all options, especially if it provides me with a more comfortable ride.
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2018, 12:54:58 am »
I had the beemer buddies on my first Concours , I have the grip puppies on the second concours which I prefer, I also have some Olympia gloves with gel padded palms and they help, when wearing my Klim gloves I sometimes get the numbness in my right hand!

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2018, 02:14:44 am »
I use these and they are awesome....in the winter they take away from the heated grips but the heat still gets thru....just takes a while. My first set lasted about 24,000 miles. Quick shipping on these too. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Strada-7-Motorcycle-Soft-Grip-Covers-for-Kawasaki-Concours-Vulcan-KLR650-/252360575124?hash=item3ac1dcc894
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2018, 03:42:08 am »
Every time I get ready to buy the grip Puppies etc, I look at the price and pause.... 
  It bugs me that they charge so much for a piece of foam rubber tubing. >:(

Got me to wondering, so I did a quick search and found these. ($0.99/$0.59 shipping)
Look at the photo of the grips on the bike version below vs the ones Dirtwiz posted ($19.95/$3.95 shipping)
Look at the images closely. Their almost identical.
     I think their even using the same photo's in both advertisements.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/142914927576?_trksid=p11401.c100711.m5036&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170110121435%26meid%3De422eef8c8894130a014f189d07d5d46%26pid%3D100711%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D123356329255%26itm%3D142914927576&ul_noapp=true

Ride safe, Ted

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2018, 05:32:33 am »
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2018, 03:37:00 pm »
I've used these for years. The curvature matches to your hand wonderfully.


https://www.amazon.com/Throttle-Rocker-Original-Aztec-Cargo/dp/B00D46P06G/ref=pd_day0_hl_263_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00D46P06G&pd_rd_r=6f546491-c4b0-11e8-82f0-0d90845ff108&pd_rd_w=BRoZd&pd_rd_wg=N2pKQ&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=ad07871c-e646-4161-82c7-5ed0d4c85b07&pf_rd_r=CKBMDNZVFG9RSK84TSSY&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=CKBMDNZVFG9RSK84TSSY




At $10, it's cheap enough to give it a go. And they don't wear out.

I also use Throttle Rockers and I have them on both sides. With them I can relax my grip with both hands most of the time. I don't get cramping and numbness anymore. I have the version that installs with a velcro strap and a rubber sleeve under it to prevent it from slipping. I have put them on both sides of my brothers and best friends bikes as well and they are also believers.
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2018, 10:23:12 pm »
Hello

I have had this issue on several bikes Ive had. C14 probably as little as most, but still there. I tried multiple grips with varying success, put heavy duty rubber noise dampening under risers etc etc... I did not like the grip puppies for thickness, i like thin grips.

what I came to find out is that the weight of the bar ends makes a huge difference. And heavier is not always best. It has to do with cancelling out harmonic resonance which is different on every bike.
I bought manic salamanders which are the heaviest you can buy, and they were better, I found another pair at a salvage yard ($10)that are actually lighter and work perfectly to cancel vibes. Also, discovered that the adjustment of the throttle affected mine as well.

If you have a bike salvage yard near you i would see if you could pick up a a variety of different weights and try the out..

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2018, 12:34:18 am »
All,

Thank you for the ideas and information...I'll start simple (grip puppies). If that doesn't solve or reduce the tingling, then I'll look to add bar ends...and so on, and so on and so on. Will keep you posted.

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2018, 01:37:04 am »
Every time I get ready to buy the grip Puppies etc, I look at the price and pause.... 
  It bugs me that they charge so much for a piece of foam rubber tubing. >:(

Got me to wondering, so I did a quick search and found these. ($0.99/$0.59 shipping)
Look at the photo of the grips on the bike version below vs the ones Dirtwiz posted ($19.95/$3.95 shipping)
Look at the images closely. Their almost identical.
     I think their even using the same photo's in both advertisements.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/142914927576?_trksid=p11401.c100711.m5036&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170110121435%26meid%3De422eef8c8894130a014f189d07d5d46%26pid%3D100711%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D123356329255%26itm%3D142914927576&ul_noapp=true

Ride safe, Ted

PS: No slam to you Dirtwiz. Just found it interesting...
Good stuff Ted....I just ordered a pair of these just to see if this is the same product....if it is it's a great deal. Thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2018, 03:30:46 am »
Many people report significantly reduced vibration after an ECU re-flash. It is at least partially addressing the problem, and not just masking it.

It's more money to go that route of course, but I haven't read of a single person reviewing any one of the various vendor's flashes, that preferred the stock settings... Most were very pleased with their results.

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2018, 01:34:27 pm »
Many people report significantly reduced vibration after an ECU re-flash. It is at least partially addressing the problem, and not just masking it.

It's more money to go that route of course, but I haven't read of a single person reviewing any one of the various vendor's flashes, that preferred the stock settings... Most were very pleased with their results.

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2018, 07:07:21 pm »
OK I'll throw in my 2 cents.

I added risers and wedges and that helped some.  Then I added HPV bar ends.  Very slight difference but I liked the longer length.
I also added a double set of grab-ons.  What that did is enlarged the grip diameter which (IMO) helps because your
fingers are not bent around the grips as much as they are with a smaller grip.

I also added a McCruise cruise control unit which made the most difference.
And there is a world of difference between a throttle lock and a cruise.  With a throttle lock you still change speed as the slightest
rise or fall in a road will make a big difference. With a cruise you can sometimes match the speed traffic is going as many car drivers
use cruise.  So unless your hour ride is ALL stop and go city traffic, I can tell you a cruise is worth the cost and I use mine just about
every time I ride and seldom have numbness like before I had the cruise.

I'm pretty sure that with enough time and money you will be able to get your C14 to be more comfortable.

Good luck and let us know what made a difference for you.

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2018, 10:08:03 pm »
Every time I get ready to buy the grip Puppies etc, I look at the price and pause.... 
  It bugs me that they charge so much for a piece of foam rubber tubing. >:(

Got me to wondering, so I did a quick search and found these. ($0.99/$0.59 shipping)
Look at the photo of the grips on the bike version below vs the ones Dirtwiz posted ($19.95/$3.95 shipping)
Look at the images closely. Their almost identical.
     I think their even using the same photo's in both advertisements.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/142914927576?_trksid=p11401.c100711.m5036&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170110121435%26meid%3De422eef8c8894130a014f189d07d5d46%26pid%3D100711%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D123356329255%26itm%3D142914927576&ul_noapp=true

Ride safe, Ted

PS: No slam to you Dirtwiz. Just found it interesting...
Good stuff Ted....I just ordered a pair of these just to see if this is the same product....if it is it's a great deal. Thanks for the heads up.
Well I got my new grips for $1.50 per pair and was amazed to see how good they work. They are not exactly the same as the Strada 7 grips but close. They are a little thinner and about 1/4" shorter which works fine since I had to cut about a 1/4" of the others in order to make them fit. The best thing about these new grips is that when you soak them in hot water to install them they are just a little thinner and they can slid over my Thottlemeister when the Strada's were installed I had to remove the Throttlemeister in order to get them on. These are so cheap I just ordered 3 more pairs to hand out to my riding buddies for their bikes. What a great deal.....I will find out how long they last but for $1.50 who cares. See them here. https://www.ebay.com/itm/142914927576
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2018, 01:29:31 am »
I went on an hour ride in stop go traffic too. For me turns out the gloves I was using were the problem. If they are too rigid, they can press on some veins and make your hand go numb.

I changed the gloves and also rode without the previous pairs, much better.

So if you use gloves, check if they are a problem too.
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2018, 07:33:15 pm »
Yes, I agree with all of the suggestions.

Re: 2inch HeliBars Risers,wedges,Throttlemeister,Riding gear with bulky cuffs,Gloves, foam grips, beemer buddies, and custom seat.

Best of luck finding your setup combination to relieve the numbness.

Ride safe!

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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2018, 11:52:33 pm »
This might seem to be ridiculous at first but having a good set of tank pads makes a huge difference. I put TechSpec pads on and they let you use your legs to hang on not just your hands. No comparison with how it helps you hug the bike with your legs when cornering and braking. They look cool too! https://www.twistedthrottle.com/techspec-gripster-set-for-kawasaki-concourse-1400-10-14?gloc=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwyOreBRAYEiwAR2mSktlG0hUiAva0_Wpbb9PfZOZfsj2DTEYfXQpcGo-huOMWsbZzvqWWRxoC2kkQAvD_BwE
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Re: Slight numbness - throttle hand
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2018, 02:29:47 am »
My last ride i altered my grip when i wasnt in the twisties, i used my fingers to roll the throttle back and didnt lean on my palm of my hands, was relaxed and my hand didnt get numb!