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Old 05-23-2005, 08:37 AM   #1
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My hands are KILLING me!

Yes, I did another search. No, I didn't come up with anything.

640ADV bars. Who's running what? I'm 5'8" so don't need ape hangers. Plan on riding this mostly off-road, but I gotta ride to the ride, so there's gonna be lotsa pavement in there too.

My left hand especially don't like the stock Renthals that came on the 2003. I know there's alternatives, I just don't know what to look at/for.

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Old 05-23-2005, 09:31 AM   #2
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i have spent hundreds looking for the perfect bend...
trial and error my friend. i do have a set of pro-taper low universals for sale. unused, still in box.
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Old 05-23-2005, 10:01 AM   #3
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Bars are a personal thing... lots of variables.

Renthals? Mine came with Magura MX, as did every other '03 I've ever seen... '02 too.

I assume you've played around with adjustments... what is you specific complaint, besides your "left hand especially don't like it"?

To much sweep in the pull back, not enough, too angled a rise, to flat a rise... these are the usual issues.

Grips might help... the stock grips universally suck.

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Old 05-23-2005, 10:10 AM   #4
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Pastrana's have worked well with me on a few bikes and since you and I are the same height they may help you out as well.




Get that broken clutch lever back on your bike so your not using four fingers for clutching, remember,, two fingers...
you need the other two for grip.
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Old 05-23-2005, 10:19 AM   #5
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Pastrana's have worked well with me on a few bikes and since you and I are the same height they may help you out as well.




Get that broken clutch lever back on your bike so your not using four fingers for clutching, remember,, two fingers...
you need the other two for grip.
I paid $40 for a pre-broken lever! Its already 2-finger. I got some strength issues with those fingers, but I'm working on it.

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Old 05-23-2005, 10:41 AM   #6
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I got some strength issues with those fingers, but I'm working on it.
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Old 05-23-2005, 11:25 AM   #7
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Buy some clay..
Screw that! RIDE MORE!

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Old 05-23-2005, 12:22 PM   #8
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I put the Pastrana FMX pro-tapers on my 00 Adv, but the difference between the stock Magura and the pro tapers, both in bend and vibration, wasn't that much. But as mods go, they're cheap, look nice, bolt up easy, and might help a bit.

You might experiment with grips too. I'm running the gel spider grips and they help a bit. I'm thinking of mounting some of the big BMW tapered/ribbed road grips which are great for vibration control on BMW twins.

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Old 05-23-2005, 12:33 PM   #9
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See the grips smack dab in the middle of this link?
Grand Touring USA Tacki-Grips. I've been runing them for over a year and like them quite a bit more than a straight grip. All IMHO of course.
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:38 PM   #10
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'02s also have the MX bars.

I needed taller bars and went with the Patrana FX.

Not only were they taller, the bend is better (for me) too. I would occasionally get "hot spots" where the thumb & index finger meet. Not anymore. The best thing I did to virtually eliminate vibes was to add a set of bar end weights. I'm talkin' "real" end weights. Not some aluminum bling weights.

I mounted them using these from Emig Racing:


Used a set of weights from my old Kawasaki Gpz1100. I'd expect any decent sport bike bar end weight would work.

There's also the old penny-wise trick of filling your bars with lead shot and some form of sealer/goo to keep 'em from rattling too badly.
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Old 05-23-2005, 05:19 PM   #11
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how aboot these?


or these?
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Old 05-23-2005, 06:08 PM   #12
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Plan on riding this mostly off-road, but I gotta ride to the ride, so there's gonna be lotsa pavement in there too.
I've gotta do something too. I rode the XR600 about 600 miles this weekend - roughly half on dirt and FS roads and trails, half at 65-75 on the highway - the most I've ridden that thing in one weekend since I got it. It's 24 hours after getting home and parking the bike and I still can't feel my numb fingertips. (Typing this feels really weird!)
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Old 05-23-2005, 06:14 PM   #13
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Have you ever tried not squeezing your grips so tightly?
Or maybe Gel padded cycling gloves?
Or put some rubber at the handlebar clamps?

Seems to me by adding more weight to make your handlebar solid will only transfer the vibration elsewhere.
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Old 05-23-2005, 07:47 PM   #14
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I have a bunch of 2 stroke and 4 stroke Huskys. I've always run a variation of CR bend(one big bar and others 7/8") with good comfort. I bought a '01 TE400 and it had CR bend bars so I thought cool. I was having terrible time with my left had going numb and my wrist hurting. I thought it was the 4 stroke vibration as my other 4s stroke Husky has a counter balancer and is fairly smooth. Dealer suggested I try a bar with less pull back(Pro Taper SE Suzuki Team Bend) and my hand problem is gone. I haven't taken a tape measure to it, but the seat, bar and peg relationship on the 400 must be a bit different, because the bend with more pull back(CR) still feels fine on the other bikes.
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Old 05-23-2005, 11:33 PM   #15
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or these?
I've got those. They do help a bit. They didn't quite fit my stock LC4 7/8 bars without going to a larger o-ring, but they fit my tag t2 bars ok. Simply using handguards was also helpful to reduce grip vibes.

Grip vibes are somewhat annoying me these days too. Could be my gloves are shot. Seems my right index finger starts going numb after a while from holding the throttle. I've got a throttle rocker ii around here somewhere I guess I could try.
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