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I`ve had my 1200R for over a year now and every time I ride I get a very numb right hand, sometimes it fades away after a while and sometimes it is so numb that I can see that my hand is on the grip and fingers are curled around the brake lever but I have no feeling at all! When it is that numb I stop and try to massage some life back into it!
I`ve tried thicker gloves, thinner gloves, thicker grips and tried to adjust my posture and hold the throttle as loosely as possible, nothing seems to help. I have test ridden an R1200GS and my hand went numb then too, but I also own a Harley Dyna Glide and it doesn`t make my hands go numb so it must be a BMW thing.
Please does anyone have any ideas that may help, I can generally manage about 30 minutes of riding before the numbness starts.
 

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grip puppies to thicken and soften the grip. If not, there were wrist support gloves on sale at one of the U.S. motorcycle shows. You might try googling those.

The fact that your symptom occurs on several bikes suggests that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome or similar. I'd suggest consultation with a neurologist or hand surgeon to see if this sort of thing can be fixed with simple surgery.
 

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Exactly the same problem. Posted last year. Tried all tricks. Same problem with the K bikes also, very sure it's not a boxer problem. Right now I found that after gluing in a thin foam pad, in the right places inside my glove, really helped. The padding in every glove I tried is not in the right place for me. Plan on moving the bars around a bit this season, to see if that helps. That said, I think drDave is correct because I have the same problem when doing some other jobs, not just riding. It feels like a circulation issue for sure. Until medical help, wish I could have custom gloves made.
 

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1200bc, Carpal tunnel is a nerve compression issue, where the nerve is irritated and compressed. Releasing the nerve from whatever is compressing it is simple, and is one of those bread-and-butter procedures that is available almost everywhere and which has a very high rate of success. Lots of people get the same thing if they type all day. In which case I'd recommend a keyboard called the Kinesis Advantage, available on the web. Keeps your hands and wrists straight, and no more pain. I have several.
 

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1200bc, Carpal tunnel is a nerve compression issue, where the nerve is irritated and compressed. Releasing the nerve from whatever is compressing it is simple, and is one of those bread-and-butter procedures that is available almost everywhere and which has a very high rate of success. Lots of people get the same thing if they type all day. In which case I'd recommend a keyboard called the Kinesis Advantage, available on the web. Keeps your hands and wrists straight, and no more pain. I have several.
Thanks drDave, just googled CTS, I think I better look into it.
 

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OP says that it only happens on BMWs and not on Harleys. Possibly it could be handlebar position. The riding positions are different on the two makes. Just suggesting something else that could be the cause. Mainly because I had a Rebel 250 before my R1200R, and I never had a wrist issue, but I noticed when I got the R1200R that my riding position is more leaning forward, so more pressure is on the wrists.

I don't have any wrist issues doing other daily tasks. Just a thought.
 

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Exactly the same problem. Posted last year. Tried all tricks. Same problem with the K bikes also, very sure it's not a boxer problem. Right now I found that after gluing in a thin foam pad, in the right places inside my glove, really helped. The padding in every glove I tried is not in the right place for me. Plan on moving the bars around a bit this season, to see if that helps. That said, I think drDave is correct because I have the same problem when doing some other jobs, not just riding. It feels like a circulation issue for sure. Until medical help, wish I could have custom gloves made.
Hi 1200bc, I thought about handlebar risers too, they seemed quite expensive but worth every penny if they make a difference.
I may experiment with the glove modification :detective:
 

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OP says that it only happens on BMWs and not on Harleys. Possibly it could be handlebar position. The riding positions are different on the two makes. Just suggesting something else that could be the cause. Mainly because I had a Rebel 250 before my R1200R, and I never had a wrist issue, but I noticed when I got the R1200R that my riding position is more leaning forward, so more pressure is on the wrists.

I don't have any wrist issues doing other daily tasks. Just a thought.
That is the case, DJ Fission, the riding position on the Harley has no weight on my wrists, you`ve got me thinking.... how would a 1200R look with pull back cruiser bars??:D
 

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Look into getting heavier bar end weights. I had the same hand numbing experience when I replaced the factory bar end weights and got Acerbis hand guards. To fix the problem I JP Welded in lead to add weight, which eliminated the bad vibes and almost makes my R's handle bars as smooth as my new Volvo S60's steering wheel.
 

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All worth trying, but if the numbness occurs in multiple circumstances, other tasks, other bikes, you'd be better off consulting with a hand specialist.
 

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I was going to recommend grip puppies, but I see that you've tried thicker grips. So I guess it comes down to the position of your hands / wrists in relation to your elbows and upper arms. Assuming you had stock handlebars on your Dyna Glide, your numb hands issue is very likely because the position and angle of the grips on the BMWs twist your wrists further inwards from their neutral resting position, which pinches your nerves. CTS, as drDave mentioned.

Without altering the angle of your grips, wider handlebars may help as they may naturally move your elbows further away from your torso (i.e. you won't be twisting your hands as much).
 

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I had numbness in the tips of my fingers and adding grip puppies definitely helped. I have large hands and the stock grips are pretty small diameter.
I recently swapped out the lo comfort seat for the hi comfort seat and I noticed that the pressure on my palms changed, causing some discomfort. Probably due to the angles of arms in relation to bars.
 

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Thanks for all suggestions, I`ve ordered some grip puppies, when I tried thicker grips before it was a homemade effort using cushioned bicycle handlebar tape, but for £15 I`ll try the real thing!
 

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I am guessing it is an ergonomics issue of some type. For me the solution to the same issue on my current and previous ride is/was "up and back" risers for the bars allowing my arms to be relaxed rather than stretched forward. Two inches up and two inches back makes a major difference for me. The grip puppies make all more comfortable, and I don't ride without them, but cushioning did not resolve the numbing for me. I have ridden many bikes without risers and had no issue but my RR fits well in all other respects and just needed the small adjustment to work for 12-14 hours in the saddle without issue (other than a sore butt).
 

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Just a note on the bar risers. I believe that you will need to get a longer brake cable, but I am not sure. Anyone with info on this? I considered the risers but then when the issue of new cables came up I backed off (I am not mechanically inclined this go around with my bikes… used to do it all on my ol' Nortons, but they were so simple compared to the R…)
 

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I hate these sort of irritations, but if you think things through, sometimes you can crack it without a operation, I think your half way there when you realise you do or don't have the problem depending on which style of bike you are on.

Anything I have going on in my hands, nerve referral to fingers etc, undoubtedly comes from my neck, which then traces back to between the shoulder blades. All tension stuff and work related. Once I was convinced by physios information, and months of , stretching, strenghtening, massaging I have not been better in years...no more headaches, nerve related pain.
 

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Not necessarily true for everyone, Erin. Carpal tunnel is local to the area
around the median nerve, which gives you sensation and the ability to move on the the thumb side of the hand, including the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger. There is a place in your in your wrist where the median nerve enters the hand called the carpal tunnel. It's normally narrow and any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive twisting of the wrist, rheumatoid arthritis, alcohol abuse and obesity can cause or worsen CTS.



Want to check for yourself whether you might have it? Look for


  • Numbness in the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger
  • Weak hand grip
  • Tapping over the median nerve at the wrist will typically cause pain to shoot from the wrist to the hand (this is called the Tinel sign)
  • Bending the wrist forward all the way for 60 seconds will usually result in numbness, tingling, or weakness (this is called the Phalen test)
 

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I wonder how many of us have just sat in front of their computer with their wrist bent forward for a minute, doing the Phalen test? I certainly did!!! :D

Good advice drD.
 

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