An instructor I had said that you should always ‘be able to do a chicken impersonation’ and, in a relaxed way, flap your arms (like wings); this is difficult to do if your arms, wrists and hands are tense.
You should be looking to hold the grips enough to steer the bike (which doesn’t take that much effort), perhaps look to other areas of the bike for body support (core muscles are a good place to start).
This would be different on the Bonnie as the seating position is different, but with sportsbikes, it can be easy to support your weight with your legs; it needn’t be in a race situation.
Re. chicken…yes, maybe it’s a breaking in thing and I need to adjust my riding position and use core more. I am mindful that a lot of weight is now on my wrists as opposed to a more centered upright riding style. Not that im a fat b*stard or anything lol…
But thanks for the pointers - I’ll keep this in mind on my ride home.
Actually, what you say isn’t strictly true. Standard bar weights are sometime not heavy enough, so heavier ones can rectify the tingling sensation caused…worked a treat on my ZX-6R when I fitted R&G bar ends instead.
There are so many variables that can cause these symptoms that comment that’s specific can so easily be absolutely right or complete borrocks.
Want an example? My similar problem was eventually diagnosed as RSI from my cwappy keyboard sills. Sorted that and then had the bike serviced and the problem started to return. Different vibration frequency? Played around with bar end weight for a while, tried chaanging the bars, tried further relaxing my grip, all sorts of shi*.
Then, on a tip from a bike racer, I third/half filled the bars with oven dried fine sharp sand. End of problem.
You probably have your weight more on the left hand as you use the right all the time on the throttle and brake. Is your indicator on the left? Do you find you have to shift weight off your left hand to switch it? Sign your resting too much on it. Also bend the elbows - gives you better leverage when counter-steering
Also shoulders. Tight shoulders for me makes my left hand go numb too. Tightening muscles constricts blood vessels. If you can relax your back, neck and shoulders it may help some.
And try to shift your weight around more as said above, back and forth off onto your legs occasionally. But this then just leaves you knackered all over
But hey its a sports bike! Your not supposed to ride them for more than around 30-40 mins at a time! What do you mean you need to get to work… ride faster!
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