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 Post subject: BPI and Hand Numbness
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 08:50 am 
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Hello,

I'm looking for some advice/thoughts if anybody can oblige me?

I took the long way to work this morning - about 20 miles instead of 5 - it's a nice day, I live in the Highlands with lots of nice, twisty roads and I thought why not? It's made me realise I have a bit of a problem, though...

In '96, I tried to ride through the side of a car fairly enthusiastically and, when I finally came back down from flying through the air and all that, I'd broken most of the bones that come as standard and BPI'd my left arm - hooray! After doing the whole hospital thing, I did take a couple of years off bikes...before buying a ZXR400, which was a great way back into biking. After another, longer break from bikes, I bought a CB500(S2) and I've found that, after 5 miles or so, my right hand goes completely numb. I've figured out what's doing it - when I tuck in to "make progress", I'm putting all my weight through my right arm - if I sit up and take the weight off it, the feeling comes back...

What I'm wondering is, how do I get around this? What do other people do to get around this? I never had this with the ZXR, so I think I must have been resting on the tank more - the tank's lower/saddle's higher on the CB, so I can't do that anymore... I'm thinking about getting a tank-bag and packing it with a blanket to lean against, but it's not going to improve the looks of my CB :(

Any thoughts would be much appreciated,

Thanks,

TenInOne (as in, I broke ten bones in one go...some in more than one place...it's not easy thinking of usernames, you know!)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:20 am 
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hello and welcome from the deep south....of scotland!

could it be as something as silly as your glove/jacket being done up too tight around the wrist? when it happened to me, i had to slacken them off. just a fraction mind.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 15:36 pm 
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It's a good thought, but I don't think so - I reckon it's the weight on my right hand or the position of my wrist, but I'll see if I can figure out if my gear's constricting my wrist at all on the way home tonight...

Cheers for that :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 16:43 pm 
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Try get yourself a set of adjustable bars. Then try get a comfortable set-up for when you're 'making progress'!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 09:56 am 
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That's an interesting idea - can you get adjustable bars for a CB500?..(I could just look on google, but you chaps all seem to know your stuff :))

I rode back home with my glove and sleeve looser and...well, I didn't get a numb hand...but it was a shorter ride...

Cheers and all that :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 23:40 pm 
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Have a shuftie at these gloves which claim to reduce numbness caused by motorcycle riding.

http://www.qwinerveprotector.com/MotorcycleGlove.html


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 09:51 am 
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Hmm - they look interesting - thanks for that.

I'd not really considered it might be my gear, but looking at those gloves, I could well believe it now...

Cheers :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 13:21 pm 
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Think the CB500 is a twin cylinder? could be the vibration from those pistons, try a thicker bar grip before spending too much on other stuff :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 13:28 pm 
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As twins go, it's a pretty refined one - I've not noticed any more vibration from the CB than I got with my ZXR (although the ZXR sounded a lot smoother!) - I shall certainly bear it in mind, though - I wonder if a thicker bar grip might not be a good idea anyway if it turns out to be the weight on my hand causing the numbness...thanks for the suggestion!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 00:40 am 
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Hi Ten yep i used to film motocross & enduro events an suffered the same it turned out to be my bike jacket restricting circulation , took me a while to find the cause , my jacket was comfortable & not tight it just clamped down slightly on the winter days when layers were added , my arms were bent but not enough to notice any pressure , hope your sorted i kept thinking it was cold / damp weather related til sun came out :roll: :D

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 07:10 am 
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Hi Sheep

"Touch Wood" I'm doing ok after making a few changes. I am finding that 1500mg of Glucosamine a day is helping a lot and I have also changed my gloves. I have also made an effort to change my riding position so that I am more relaxed. The big improvements has come from a "Crampbuster" on the throttle although it took a good long while and a bit of adjustment to get used to it.

Another thing is that I have identified several foods that seem to spark my arthritis off, sadly they are all my favourites! Things like continental sausage, pepperoni, bacon etc seem to be the main culprits.

Take care.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Glad you got it sorted mate , isnt that just life all the good stuff have to be the bad stuff :D , great news the Gluco seems to be doing the trick and keeping things at bay

yep i bet it was weird at first but we riders are good at adapting and overcoming issues and changes , well done mate :D

Ride safe

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