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Numb thumb

Post by Hoggyf » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:49 pm

Had this with both my last 2 bikes, my throttle thumb goes numb after about 2 hrs riding, pins and needles type numb.
Current bike is gs800, tkc80,s hyper pro 50mm lowering springs, 20mm bar risers, last bike was a transalp700 on conti trail attacks. Heated grips don't seem to make much difference and different gloves haven't helped either.
Wonder if its cos I'm a short arse and stretching a little to the bars??
Also any suggestions fr cold feet, nowt I've ever tried makes any difference
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Re: Numb thumb

Post by Gedge » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:00 pm

Previous injury? I broke mine in a bike crash 15 yrs ago and if I put it under pressure it still aches...otherwise most likely problem is that you are gripping too hard...maybe try and relax your grip?

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by Treadtrader » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:16 pm

I've suffered this on occasions.
Spend some time making sure everything is set the best for you, handlebar and lever position etc.
Worth trying a crampbuster, I use one, lets you relax your hand when the need arrives.

http://www.scottoiler.com/uk/products/crampbuster.html
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Re: Numb thumb

Post by micksea » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:24 pm

keeping your core (trunk) warm will stop your body from shutting off the blood flow to your extremities thus keeping hands and feet warm,may help with the numb thumb too.are you wearing a technical base layer? if not try one,they work wonders

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by Mad Hatter » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:32 pm

+1 on the cramp busters, they're good but can take some getting used to.

I use foam grips on all my bikes, theyre fatter and cut the vibrations down a lot. Sometimes its just how thick the grips are and it messes with your hands, I know it did on my dommie (thumbs)

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by Hoggyf » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:46 pm

Cores lovely and warm with my new jacket (thumbs) but I get this in the summer too so don't think its core temp, also the cold feet thing has been like that as long as I can remember and doesn't matter where or what I'm wearing ie not just on the bike, can have it it the car or van with the heater on!
Don't think I'm gripping too tight but may be? Tend to do most of my riding on quiet back roads so up and down the gear box and steering as opposed to long distance.
Then:
Honda MB5, Honda MBX125, 350LC, RGV250, MTX125, GasGas JTX250, CM 644 DS, BMW R1100S, Beta Rev3 250, Beta Rev4T, Honda XL700V Transalp, BMW F800 GS, Kawasaki Super Sherpa
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Montesa 4RT, Triumph Tiger 800, Beta Alp, Montesa 315

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by Stewie » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:49 pm

Cold feet and numb thumbs sounds like you have a circulation problems :laugh: bit left field but I use machine gloves as they have padded palms and are light with a good fit, micksea is spot on about keeping your core trunk warm, Aldi has some good base layer stuff, better than the branded stuff :whistle: as this allows heat to the circulate (thumbs)

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by PaulinBont » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:06 pm

I had a similar problem which was eventually diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A 15 minute surgical procedure under local anaesthetic and the problem was cured (thumbs)

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by micksea » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:10 pm

PaulinBont wrote:I had a similar problem which was eventually diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A 15 minute surgical procedure under local anaesthetic and the problem was cured (thumbs)
plus you get free motogp racer scars (thumbs)

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Re: Numb thumb

Post by Hoggyf » Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:00 pm

Carpal tunnel could be something, had that years ago and hav since broken 2 bones in that hand as well, not sure on the circulation thing, how would I find out about that?
Then:
Honda MB5, Honda MBX125, 350LC, RGV250, MTX125, GasGas JTX250, CM 644 DS, BMW R1100S, Beta Rev3 250, Beta Rev4T, Honda XL700V Transalp, BMW F800 GS, Kawasaki Super Sherpa
Now:
Montesa 4RT, Triumph Tiger 800, Beta Alp, Montesa 315

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