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Anyone else suffered this or have some tips to alleviate it? It seems like so many people suffer from hand or wrist pain, but I only get pain in my arm. It feels worst at the part that is opposite to my elbow. I can only assume it's the way I am holding the throttle open (my left arm suffers no pain).

I am trying to keep myself as loose and relaxed as I can, without putting too much weight on the bars. I'm talking about rides over around 2-3 hours that I start to feel it. I have bar risers fitted, but that is all. I also tried one of those plastic "cruise control" clips that go onto your grip. It sort of helped minimally, but I found it a little annoying and it tended to slip too easily.

I actually find this bike very comfortable for every part of my body, except for my right arm :idunno:

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That's a strange one....are you sitting square on the bike?

Anyone else suffered this or have some tips to alleviate it? It seems like so many people suffer from hand or wrist pain, but I only get pain in my arm. It feels worst at the part that is opposite to my elbow. I can only assume it's the way I am holding the throttle open (my left arm suffers no pain).

I am trying to keep myself as loose and relaxed as I can, without putting too much weight on the bars. I'm talking about rides over around 2-3 hours that I start to feel it. I have bar risers fitted, but that is all. I also tried one of those plastic "cruise control" clips that go onto your grip. It sort of helped minimally, but I found it a little annoying and it tended to slip too easily.

I actually find this bike very comfortable for every part of my body, except for my right arm :idunno:

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I get (sorry, used to get) the same pain from the angle of the bars front to rear (when considered as being parallel to the ground). I suppose the inevitable discussion about what bar risers to use will now ensue :), so to clarify... I had Gilles Tooling risers on that Bird. They allow adjustment - from the pivot point (stanchion clamp) - in the vertical direction, the "angle-of-dangle" at the bar ends from that point and then you can swing them front to rear around the stanchion. The last one is the adjustment that cured my similar arm pain after a bit of trial and error. I don't know much about the other ones, I've never had them, but any that don't have an index that fits into the cast-in recess in the headstock will be adjustable in that plane too. I got lucky and scored a set pretty cheaply on ebay.

But it's hard to predict - what works for one person won't for another. Can you adjust your risers?
 

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Get a real throttle lock, such as a Throttlemeister. You'll probably notice an improvement with frequent short periods of resting your, and with a throttle lock you can take your arm off the bar, stretch it out, and take a break from the constant tension of holding the throttle. Doesn't take much, just a minute or so every 15 could make a difference.
 

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I've had something similar on long rides but I put it down to previous injuries (7 or 8 wrist fractures and 'exploded' elbow) .... I sat up straight, held the throttle open with my left hand (not easy with a tank bag on) and shook my arm to get the blood flowing again!
I think it will in your case be something to do with your putting more load through your right arm simply because you need to hold onto the throttle at all times, I regularly ride one handed on 'boring' stretches, do you?
 
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My first challenge was "Death Grip" with the beast!! Found some gloves with good padding at the palms and then the mountain bike type grips have served well.
Last season I had a few arm and elbow issues (Bruised elbows from sports) and after the elbows healed I struggled with the forearm. Finally noticed it while using the computer. May not be your issue but I started using the mouse with my left arm and it healed up great.
Heres a pic of the latest grip I installed.

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I had the same thing. Went to the Chiropractor and told him. He adjusted my elbow for a bit and the pain ceased. Also started some simple exercises to strengthen the forearms again since at 51 I hadn't done anything but sit behind a desk for a long time. No more issues.
 

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As Titan42 says, it sounds like tennis elbow. All of the fingers are pulled by the muscles in your forearm. It probably aches a lot more shaking side-to-side than lifting?
Mine aches since December after I was doing hours of DIY. The only cure is rest and mine has only got better in the last 2 months or so. Not sure of the best solution to riding though.
 

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I think a lot of the suggestions are good. As a professional musician who supports an instrument for hours a day over many years, I and my colleagues have experienced
issues similar and related to yours, and have turned to orthopedic specialists, chiropractic, Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis, etc. An accurate diagnosis by a specialist is
absolutely necessary. For myself, a couple things related specifically to the motorcycle were a big help. Higher bars and lower pegs. Throttlemeister for highway riding.
Stickier handgrips help reduce grip pressure. Amazingly, new suspension front and rear relaxed my whole body. My right hand is slightly larger than my left, and many gloves
have a thumb and index finger that are too short and put pressure on the tips when gripping the handlebar. Do you brake/clutch with 2 or 4 fingers? Are you drinking a lot of
water when you ride very long? If you need to warm up try herbal tea instead of coffee with caffeine. Grips like Jetfire uses hit a nerve on my hand, but I know a lot of riders
who swear by them. All this stuff is very incremental, but for me, the little things added up to considerable relief. Have you considered acupuncture to help with recovery? We
finally got it in our medical plan, and I am thinking about it.
 

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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.

My risers aren't adjustable (Jaws) and I don't usually keep only my throttle hand on the bars (at least not for long stretches).

The pain actually is only when I'm on the bike. Once I get off my arm feels normal again after 20 minutes rest and I don't really do anything strenuous inbetween.

Interestingly on every bike I've owned for the first few months I would get some pain from riding them. Then once my arms were used to it, or I presume the relevant muscles for the new position strengthened, I would feel fine. Just doesn't seem to have happened with this one!

A better cruise control might be a good idea in the end.
 

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Does sound like tennis elbow. I get it on my left side but it was not bike related. Not sure how much it would help, but since it is fairly cheap, try a cramp buster or throttle boss.
 

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I think a lot of the suggestions are good. As a professional musician who supports an instrument for hours a day over many years, I and my colleagues have experienced
issues similar and related to yours, and have turned to orthopedic specialists, chiropractic, Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis, etc. An accurate diagnosis by a specialist is
absolutely necessary. For myself, a couple things related specifically to the motorcycle were a big help. Higher bars and lower pegs. Throttlemeister for highway riding.
Stickier handgrips help reduce grip pressure. Amazingly, new suspension front and rear relaxed my whole body. My right hand is slightly larger than my left, and many gloves
have a thumb and index finger that are too short and put pressure on the tips when gripping the handlebar. Do you brake/clutch with 2 or 4 fingers? Are you drinking a lot of
water when you ride very long? If you need to warm up try herbal tea instead of coffee with caffeine. Grips like Jetfire uses hit a nerve on my hand, but I know a lot of riders
who swear by them. All this stuff is very incremental, but for me, the little things added up to considerable relief. Have you considered acupuncture to help with recovery? We
finally got it in our medical plan, and I am thinking about it.
I use acupuncture. Helped on some things.
 

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ThrottleMeister - work great. If you are shopping used, all these should fit:

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The Blackbird is the closest thing I've ever seen to a Light Cycle from Tron. You have to lean forward and reach for the grips. It's a long reach. I found that I need to decrease the angle between my arms and body. Good posture goes a long way. Now, I concentrate on feeling the tank with my abdomen. This straightens out my back and gets my shoulders over the bars more, effectively decreasing the angle. Numbness and pain diminish.

Also, I can't live without a throttle rocker. It keeps my wrist in the optimum position for cruising and eliminates the need to wring-out the grip. It also eliminates the need to constantly re-grip the throttle from slippage. I honestly can't be without it. A lot of guys can't imagine using one so it's definitely a personal preference.

Additionally, try straightening your back like you would setting up for a proper golf shot (rotate you thorax up). Tip: It'll feel like you're sticking your butt out - but really, you're back is just straight.

I hope you can sort through some of these responses and find something that works for you. GL!
 

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For my money I recommend taking the throttle tube off, and spraying the inside of it with some silicone spray where it will touch the handlebar and also in where the throttle cables are, just avoid getting the spray on the start and kill switches. Also when you get it off you might be surprised how much wear is on the handlebar itself and a fine grade of wet & dry might be needed to clean it up a little.

Made a hell of a difference to my comfort. Just made throttle application and maintaining throttle setting less overall effort.
 
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