Hands going numb . . . what is the solution?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Wheres my dog, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    Just got back in from a very nice 32 mile trip in the country...

    One lagging problem left besides the seat issue is I honestly have to stop about every 4 or 5 miles and shake my hands because they are so numbe from the handlebars. The right hand (throttle side) moreso then my left hand.

    What have you done to solve, or slow down this problem?

    Are there handgrips or gloves that will end this problem?

    I have the stock handgrips on the bike, and in looking around online, I can not seem to find some gel or such type for us MB'ers.

  2. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    The numbness is usually cased by too much prolonged bending at the wrist. The solution is usually to try to keep the wrist straighter.

    Also try to vary your hand's position on the handlebars. That can be hard to do when you are holding the throttle, but you can still get some variation even when holding the throttle.
  3. Thatperson

    Thatperson Member

    Another thing you can try is get some sand and fill your handlebars with it. That worked for a friend of mine.
  4. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    You need to decide where the problem is comming from. It's possible that you have a neck injury and a pinched nerve? In that case, not much will help aside from possition.

    They make ergonomic gloves for fork truck drivers, its possible to fabricate your own by cutting DR. Sholl's foot pads into gloves!

    Do you have rubber innertube between your motor mounts and frame?
  5. professor

    professor Active Member

    Since this does not happen on a bicycle without a motor, the source is the engine.
    Try to tie it down better.
    Filling the handlebars with sand will dampen the vibes and alter the frequency that is induced into them.
  6. Vistaman73

    Vistaman73 Member

    I think most cases of numbness in the hands caused by MBs are from the high frequency vibrations, there are alot of answers to this problems, which can found all over this site. good luck. vista
  7. a/c man

    a/c man Member

    Do a google search for gel motorcycle hand grips.
    There are a butt load of them out there.
    I wear leather gloves, and it helps.
    My hands go numb on long rides also,........ but so does my brain.
  8. beast775

    beast775 Guest


    try ergo hand grips,there is a flat spot on them,and i switched to a trigger throttle snowmobile style facing down.raise handlebars up.:grin5:
  9. unior

    unior Member

    I hate to say it but a friction drive setup would eliminate the problem. I had forgotten about the hand numbness issue.
  10. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    In addition to putting lead shot in the handle bars, buying foam handlebar grips, the only other option you may have is trying another engine.

    I currently have 2 bikes from a well known vendor and one bike is smooth as silk with no vibrations in the handlebars and the other one is good for numbing my hands in about 10 minutes of driving. Both bikes are identical.

    Its hit or miss with HT engines.
  11. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Perhaps you need a trigger throttle like the gebe uses....
    They are cheap and easy to install.
    Better then holding the wrist down..
    I only use my right thumb for throttle ...
  12. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    Numbness is a common complaint for regular bike riders, as well . A change in position , more upright handlebars , helps this problem.
  13. augidog

    augidog New Member

    i went for a more upright back straight arms level posture...buy and build to fit, that's the only way to truly enjoy the motorsport. and the trigger throttle is a breeze after you learn "squeezing harder does NOT make it go faster" and relax. when i go, i go all day, and maybe the weather or other conditions may take a physical toll, but i hardly ever "numb-up" due to being motorized. 2 other mechanical factors i enjoy: gebe beltdrive & effective (whizzer) front-suspension. hope this helped a bit :cool:
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
  14. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Think it was Graucho in an earlier thread, who said, spray in foam the handlebars and forks?
  15. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

    The stock handlebars on my Whizzer always made my hands numb but now with the high rise handlebars it is not a problem. Like augi said "i went for a more upright back straight arms level posture...buy and build to fit"

  16. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    I take hand (and seat) comfort prettty seriously, so i have cruiser handlebars wrapped in foam and electrical tape.

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  17. KevinK

    KevinK Member

    I am a non motorized person yet. And I mean that shortly I will be motorized.
    There are some basic cycling principals that will translate.
    First is frame fit. second is saddle height issues. Third is Gloves. Spanco gloves are the best. Fourth is handle bar shape. Many issues and biomecheanical ideas.
    My passion the last few years has been ultra distance cycling on traditional pedal bicycles.
    I mean 24 hour rides and 300 and over 400 miles in that time span on a pedal bike.
    Your game has to be honed or your toast.
    Many regular cyclists seem to have their seats to high. Your whole body on a bicycle is the shock absorber. Add motors to the mix and you just increase the stress to the body.
    I know this does not help but the more fit you are the more comfortable you are on a bike any kind of bike.
    I would suggest a very thouro examination of how you are fit on your bicycle and your bicycle frame sise reletive to your body.
    This is very complex stuff and there are no easy answers on an internet forum.
    Good luck and use google to look for some answers.

  18. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Not true in every case. My hands went numb when I installed my GP460 engine on friction drive.:ack2:

    seanhan, this is also with trigger throttle.:detective:

    Presently, I have a Scooterguy frame-mounted Tanaka 47R engine. Major numbness, because the mounts are metal-to-metal connections.

    As we speak, I am cutting sections of tire casings(not tubes), and will use them to insulate my drive mounting.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 8, 2010
  19. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    No Numbness!

    Man, these tire casings REALLY work!

    I can feel my fingers while riding.:bowdown:

    Killswitch not working now. Need to run a ground wire to the engine block.:idea:
  20. Jeco

    Jeco Member

    On building my bike I used leather from my old belt, replaced the tire tubing I had put on the first place. Used it on the engine mounts also on the chain idler. It did reduced the vibration.

    I was thinking of tire casings too but don't have any at hand.

    Now realizing I don't have any new belt for my pants =)