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Hey guys, my yzf 450 is an awesome bike and so much fun to ride but I can only ride for about 20 hard minutes before my right hand goes to sleep. I've got a stock triple clamp and renthal fat bars. Do I need to get a new triple clamp with the rubber inserts, new bars?..... I had a crf with stock bars before this, and never had a problem. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Sounds like carpal tunnel to me. Mine is getting worse. Don't know the fix, but new bars / different bend may be it.

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I find that my hand does this if I wear gloves that are too tight. I know it sound obvious, but it makes a huge difference for me. I have to wear gloves that are about two sizes too large.

The cheaper and more wimpy the glove, the better.

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It's carpal tunnel, which restricts blood flow. It sometimes isn't noticeable until doing something like riding a bike. Do you have a desk job?

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Gee funny that. I have just experienced this on my last ride which qas a monster of a ride in very harsh Australian terrain. 200 k's in one day. Half way through it got to the point I could not feel my right hand. Totally numb. I kept pushing myself hoping that it would go away but didnt have much luck.

2 weeks later 2 fingers and my thumb are still numb. Very strange? I didnt have a fall or anything. Maybe I have pinched a nerve? It seems to be slowly getting better, but I notice each morning when I wake up the hand is numb until I start moving around. Strange.....

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Gee funny that. I have just experienced this on my last ride which qas a monster of a ride in very harsh Australian terrain. 200 k's in one day. Half way through it got to the point I could not feel my right hand. Totally numb. I kept pushing myself hoping that it would go away but didnt have much luck.

2 weeks later 2 fingers and my thumb are still numb. Very strange? I didnt have a fall or anything. Maybe I have pinched a nerve? It seems to be slowly getting better, but I notice each morning when I wake up the hand is numb until I start moving around. Strange.....

It is what it is. Carpal tunnel. Google it, you'll see what I mean.

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At 47 I feel your pain. What has helped me is rubber mounting my handlebars then try different grips. Finally when you start feeling your hands going numb, stand up. It works for me.

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I have raced a lot this year and riden Baja a few times. 700 miles over 3 days will numb your hand. I run rubber mounted bars (Scotts/Pro-taper). I also use Mountain bike gloves by Specialty that have nerve protection built in. They are unbelieveable. And last I run brass dampeners in the bar ends. I think they are Fastco.

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Thanks guys. I am an engineer so yes, I have a desk job most of the time. I'm gonna do some more research but I'm also gonna get some rubber mounted bars and some inserts for the bar ends. We'll see if this helps. Thanks again for posting!

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Try taking your hand out to a nice dinner and movie, and buy it expensive jewelry. I bet it won't fall asleep on you again!

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i had a pair of those faastco bar inserts and found no difference,i gave them to 450trailrider,pm him and ask if they've done any good for him. a cheaper way might be to fill the ends with silicone or some such thing :applause:

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Try using weight lifting gloves, or anything with a lot of padding in the Palm area, specially around the thumb and index finger. I had this problem riding my mountain bike for long periods of time on the road. The hard grips would pinch a nerve in my and it would go numb. I used weight lifting gloves with the heavy padding and the problem went away. Weight lifting gloves are cheap, so it might be worth it to try it.

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I'll try the gloves also...as soon as I get to ride again. Its been raining for about 3 days straight.

How much are the fasstco bars? Does anybody know?

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I recently had the same thing happen to me for the first time, after about 20 min of riding they start to feel numb. I recently switched my bars out, the old ones I had filled with expanding insulation foam the new ones have no foam. The grips are coming off tonight and new bars are getting filled! Just might me the constant vibration causing the numbness :applause:

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