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Since owning the scrambler I have sometimes suffer with a numb hand / pins and needles in my right hand after maybe 5 to 10 miles of riding, I usually get around the issue by wiggling my fingers a bit till the feeling comes back.
I will say that it isn't something which happens every single ride, and I do suffer it in varying degrees of numbness.

Now I will say that I don't put it down to the bike causing the numbness, I get the same sensation if I hold my phone in 1 position for too long (playing games) or even holding a PlayStation controller. I believe it is a hangover from a manual job I had years ago where my hands used to experience high impact repeatedly through the day.

So I'd put this numbness down to something which I'd just have to deal with and accept, however my girlfriend bought herself a Vespa scooter the other week which I rode the 30 odd miles home with zero numbness!! I have noticed since getting back on to the scrambler that it's grips feel skinnier than those on the Vespa which leads me on to asking this ....

Which grips have you used or can you recommend which are fatter than the OEM scrambler ones??
 

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I switched over to biltwell thruster and haven't had any issues with them. I had grip puppies on the oem grips before I made the switch and they made a big difference.


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Hi Airsafari,
I can highly recommend the Biltwell Thruster grips too. Much more comfortable without the recesses of the OEMs and with softer rubber. For pictures you can check my gallery.
 

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Ducati heated grips with Grip Puppies over them work well for me

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I like Grip Puppies for a quick and easy solution, until they compress and lose their tackiness. But then it's easy enough to slip on a new set. My top choices are ProGrip 714's and Oury Road Grips. If a person wants a bit more handful, wrap a layer of Rescue Tape on the bar before installing the grips. The layer of tape serves to dampen vibes too, and serves as an excellent insulator if you want to install grip heaters.

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you should get yourself checked for carpal tunnel syndrome
I get the same symptoms in my right hand - did a lot of tiling recently and have permanent pins and needles now - Carpal tunnel - operation to come :(
 

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Thanks for the replies.

It looks as though the grip puppies will be a good starting point. I'm not wanting or needing to reduce vibes, my main goal is to increase the girth and make it more comfortable to wrap my hand around (innuendo intended)
If the grip puppies don't do anything I will try replacing the complete grip with something like the Biltwells mentioned.

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Do you get permanent pins and needles with carpal tunnel?
I only get them if I am holding something in a reasonably static and constant position. If you imagine e holding a mobile phone to play games, or even the iPad I'm using to type this reply. It's only then that I experience the pins and needles.
When riding the bike I get them if I'm riding along roads at a reasonable pace but not particularly requiring much throttle movement or braking.
If I'm bang on it on a fast twisty road then I have no issues as I'm constantly going between full throttle, rolling on and off and braking more often and harder. .... If that makes sense??
 

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Thanks for the replies.

It looks as though the grip puppies will be a good starting point. I'm not wanting or needing to reduce vibes, my main goal is to increase the girth and make it more comfortable to wrap my hand around (innuendo intended)
If the grip puppies don't do anything I will try replacing the complete grip with something like the Biltwells mentioned.

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Do you get permanent pins and needles with carpal tunnel?
I only get them if I am holding something in a reasonably static and constant position. If you imagine e holding a mobile phone to play games, or even the iPad I'm using to type this reply. It's only then that I experience the pins and needles.
When riding the bike I get them if I'm riding along roads at a reasonable pace but not particularly requiring much throttle movement or braking.
If I'm bang on it on a fast twisty road then I have no issues as I'm constantly going between full throttle, rolling on and off and braking more often and harder. .... If that makes sense??
The pins and needles have been getting worse for about 6 months - usually could shake them off as riding but I did a lot of tilling recently and it has really aggravated the issue. Its the constant gripping, with wrist bent forward or backwards that irritates the nerve. Wider grip might help, but if its carpal tunnel, it will eventually need to be looked at.
I'm not a doctor, so don't rely on my advice/comments. I am wearing a splint now to immobilise the wrist until they can sort it out - perfect warm riding weather too :(
 

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The pins and needles have been getting worse for about 6 months - usually could shake them off as riding but I did a lot of tilling recently and it has really aggravated the issue. Its the constant gripping, with wrist bent forward or backwards that irritates the nerve. Wider grip might help, but if its carpal tunnel, it will eventually need to be looked at.
I'm not a doctor, so don't rely on my advice/comments. I am wearing a splint now to immobilise the wrist until they can sort it out - perfect warm riding weather too :(
Move to England then. Weather is sh%t here right now, you wont miss the riding:glee:
 

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Sorry to make light... I do have utmost sympathies. Recent shoulder surgery has ruined any sustained riding for me. Arthritic hands are no fun in winter either. Good luck with the healing.
 

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Sorry to make light... I do have utmost sympathies. Recent shoulder surgery has ruined any sustained riding for me. Arthritic hands are no fun in winter either. Good luck with the healing.
Maybe we could organise a Sunny Sunday South West Scrambler Social Day, we can compare Scramblers, Mods and medication.
Where could we hold it? It has to be in the South West UK, Preferably it's name begins with an S and have a decent Cafe and Pharmacy nearby.
To the original Post, I cant say I've noticed it so far on the scrambler but as others have said, Grip Puppies and slightly more padded glove palms have helped with previous bikes.
 

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You don't say which model but I had a similar problem & by coincidence I changed the bars on my icon for a set of low Renthals & the problem has gone!
 

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I'm resurrecting this old thread as I have a similar problem ... pins and needles in both hands after riding for 50 minutes+

It's only temporary thankfully, but it's becoming a limiting factor in how long I can ride for before feeling like a break.

It wasn't so bad when I had the stock Icon bars - but since swapping to FT bars - it's more noticeable (no surprise given they are slightly lower). I have added Grip Puppies - and this has made a big difference. Without these pins and needles came after 20 minutes.

The next thing I want to try is adding bar end weights to reduce vibration... looking for recommendations here - I've seen a load of bar ends - most of these are just decorative.
Anyone else had success adding bar end weights to reduce vibrations?

Here's a link with some other tips I've read:
10 Tips to Stop Handlebar Vibrations & Cramping
 

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Pins and needles in the arms and hands is often a problem originating in the neck.
The neck problems could be exclusively the neck or problems further down in the thoracic spine.
Doing movement patterns, rehab, prehab and some yoga based movements will help for sure.
I'm no doctor btw!
 

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Pins and needles in the arms and hands is often a problem originating in the neck.
The neck problems could be exclusively the neck or problems further down in the thoracic spine.
Doing movement patterns, rehab, prehab and some yoga based movements will help for sure.
I'm no doctor btw!
I'm interested to learn how you do yoga on the bike ... :)

I'm pretty sure this is vibration related as this only occurs on the bike - appreciate the suggestion though ... yoga or pilates is on the list for things to try this year. Quite a few friends do this and say it helps with general fitness.
 
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