ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Orange Crush
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-24-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
Moondogger OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Oddometer: 12
Wrist Pain on 990 Adventure R

Hey guys,

I have a 2012 990 Adventure R that I bought in June. The last two times I took it in the dirt I've come back with sore wrists, much worse in my right throttle wrist. Each outing was about 6 hours of riding in trail/fire road terrain.

I'm wondering if anyone has had the same issue and what they did to cure it. I still have the stock riser and handlebar setup. Also, I'm 6'3". I'm assuming taller risers and bars would help, but wanted some input on setups that the taller riders on here are running.

Thank you!

-Alex
Moondogger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
TheMuffinMan
Forest Ranger Magnet
 
TheMuffinMan's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Denver, USA
Oddometer: 5,584
I'd do carpal tunnel exercises every day, they'll help keep your wrists stretched and loose.
__________________
"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
KTM 525 XC-W // KTM 950 Adventure
690 Wiki
TheMuffinMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 02:04 AM   #3
Bannisdale
....snowing now!
 
Bannisdale's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: Cumbria, UK
Oddometer: 209
RC Highbend

I'm not tall but suffered the same problem.
The sweep on the standard bars is quite severe and this was causing my wrists to be angled in to my body causing severe ache after a few hours.
I fitted the RC Highbend bars that are slightly wider a fair bit taller and more importantly have a lot less sweep.

No more wrist ache!

They'll also give you a bit more room if you're tall.

Cheers
__________________
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't quite fully grasped the situation...
Bannisdale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 05:54 AM   #4
GrenDesb
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: Qubec
Oddometer: 310
Loosening the clamp and rotating the handle bar forward some bit could be a starting point.

But rotated enough to be confortable when standing, seating becomes unconfortable so I too have installed an RC High Renthal Fat Bar which is pretty good.
GrenDesb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #5
TwoRats
Adventurer
 
TwoRats's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Tucson, AZ
Oddometer: 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bannisdale View Post
I fitted the RC Highbend bars that are slightly wider a fair bit taller and more importantly have a lot less sweep.

No more wrist ache!
What he said! Installing them (Renthal 609) was one of the best bang-for-the-buck mods I've done.
TwoRats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 07:31 AM   #6
dozer
Gnarly Adventurer
 
dozer's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: slc ut
Oddometer: 337
The stock bars have to much sweep (pull back). The bigger (shoulder width) you are the worse it is. I prefer the Renthal 608 bend, and add risers to adjust for your height.

Pro-Taper EVO 1 1/8" Handlebar Sizing Chart
Bend
Width
Height
Pull Back
Carmichael Bend
31.50"
3.00"
2.17"
CR High Bend
31.50"
3.74"
2.45"
Henry/Reed Bend
31.50"
3.62"
2.24"
RM Low Bend
31.50"
2.91"
2.17"
Windham/RM Mid Bend
31.50"
3.90"
2.13"
Woods High Bend
31.50"
3.74"
2.56"
YZ High Bend
31.50"
3.31"
2.05"


Renthal 1 1/8" FatBar Sizing Chart
Bend
Width
Height
Pull Back
CR High Bend
31.29"
3.74"
2.44"
KFX450R Bend
30.26"
3.78"
2.83"
KTM 125-450 SX 2012 Bend
31.93"
3.62"
2.05"
KTM High Bend
31.70"
3.74"
1.65"
KTM Low Bend
31.73"
3.31"
1.61"
KTM SX/SX-F 09-11, SUZUKI RM/RMZ 06+ Bend
31.41"
3.15"
2.24"
RC Mini/85cc Bend
29.13"
4.65"
1.65"
Ricky Carmichael Bend
31.57"
3.89"
2.12"
Ricky Carmichael High Bend
31.57"
4.49"
2.13"
Windham Bend
31.61"
3.62"
2.24"

dozer screwed with this post 10-24-2012 at 07:40 AM
dozer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 08:28 AM   #7
geometrician
let's keep going...
 
geometrician's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: West-By-God Virginia
Oddometer: 1,026
Ergonomics & Holding On

Control lever angles affect things greatly. Try to run your levers so the back of your hand is in line with your forearms. SO much easier to operate the levers as well! I've done this easy fix for hundreds of customers over the years who reap the benefits with no cost for new bars/risers

If you do go for risers consider some that are adjustable like Rox where you can pivot the bars & the risers to come up with the fit that works for you.

Practice not holding on to the bars so tightly- wrists/forearms load up with blood (fresh & used) when you grip the bars and this causes tissues to swell & push on tendons, ligaments & nerves causing problems.
__________________
Britt
'06 KTM 950 Adv 'S'
'03 KTM 250 EXC
'87 KLR650 - <200K miles "Like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps going & going..."
geometrician is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 11:09 AM   #8
knobbyjoe
knobbyjoe
 
knobbyjoe's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: N by NW of The Biggest Little City
Oddometer: 477
Quote:
Practice not holding on to the bars so tightly- wrists/forearms load up with blood (fresh & used) when you grip the bars and this causes tissues to swell & push on tendons, ligaments & nerves causing problems.
Yep, I agree with geometrician. I had lots of wrist pain when I reentered the world of motorcycles after a 20 year layoff. Started again to desert race with my son and now adventure travel. My fix...

Ride with an easy grip on the bars with elbows up and out
Use the "cramp buster" thing on all my bikes dirt or road
Adjust my levers as to be easy on the wrists
Raised all my bars so I can ride standing whenever I get the chance

I don't think about my grip now. I have trained myself to be grip easy. I sometimes notice that on a bumpy section I let the grips move around in my hands, like letting a marble rattle around in side your hand.

Good luck KJ
__________________
KTM 400 XCRW with Thumper Racing 450 kit and 450 cam 2007
KTM 450 XCRW with Christini AWD and Plated 2008 now has 520 Thumper Racing kit
KTM 990 Adventure 2008

knobbyjoe screwed with this post 10-24-2012 at 11:10 AM Reason: baad speler
knobbyjoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
75monza
Gnarly Adventurer
 
75monza's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: The Palouse
Oddometer: 324
Me and my Dad both had this issue with our 950s. For both of us, it was the handlebar. When we put a new handlebar on each bike, the problem went away on each bike.
__________________
2006 KTM 950 Adventure - Go Everywhere Bike
1993 Suzuki GSX1100G - Street Touring Shafty
2000 Suzuki DR200 - A Little Smaller
75monza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 11:59 AM   #10
.
Ajaa kuin mummo
 
.'s Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Finland
Oddometer: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by 75monza View Post
Me and my Dad both had this issue with our 950s. For both of us, it was the handlebar. When we put a new handlebar on each bike, the problem went away on each bike.
I have the same problem. What bar did you use?

That Renthal 608 seems difficult to find.
__________________
Pics and vids
. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 12:30 PM   #11
zeropoint
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: UK Wetlands
Oddometer: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by knobbyjoe View Post
Yep, I agree with geometrician. I had lots of wrist pain when I reentered the world of motorcycles after a 20 year layoff. Started again to desert race with my son and now adventure travel. My fix...

Ride with an easy grip on the bars with elbows up and out
Use the "cramp buster" thing on all my bikes dirt or road
Adjust my levers as to be easy on the wrists
Raised all my bars so I can ride standing whenever I get the chance

I don't think about my grip now. I have trained myself to be grip easy. I sometimes notice that on a bumpy section I let the grips move around in my hands, like letting a marble rattle around in side your hand.

Good luck KJ

^^ Exactly this. I came back to riding after about 20 years too. My wrists were cramping up terribly until I realised I was holding on way too tight (mainly out of sheer terror). I also found this to contribute hugely to the sensation of the throttle being snatchy. As I became more confident and therefore more relaxed I lowered my elbows and things improved. Addition of 1 3/4" rox pros and a cramp buster and I now have 7000 fun filled, cramp free miles behind me...
__________________
2011 990 Adventure
zeropoint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 12:42 PM   #12
knobbyjoe
knobbyjoe
 
knobbyjoe's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: N by NW of The Biggest Little City
Oddometer: 477
Must say I have Flex bars on my 450, so bars do matter.

Correct Handle bars, I believe, are bars that minimize the bent angle on your wrists.

Having a loose grip compensates for any “off” angle of wrist/bars/grip. Hard grip with bent wrist is the pain culprit IMO.

Still it is riding technique that helps keep the wrist angle to a minimum no matter what the bar’s angle.

Just saying that riding technique will help just as the correct angle bars will help.

Delusional maybe, maybe not!
KJ
__________________
KTM 400 XCRW with Thumper Racing 450 kit and 450 cam 2007
KTM 450 XCRW with Christini AWD and Plated 2008 now has 520 Thumper Racing kit
KTM 990 Adventure 2008

knobbyjoe screwed with this post 10-24-2012 at 12:58 PM Reason: baad speler
knobbyjoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 12:56 PM   #13
75monza
Gnarly Adventurer
 
75monza's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: The Palouse
Oddometer: 324
I put a Renthal 608 on mine. I liked it a lot. I am running a Renthal 745 now just to play with it - just because. I might put the 608 back on for next year.

My dad uses the ProTaper Pastrana FMX bar and really likes it.

Everybody is different. You have to find the bar that works for your size/shape/body/style.

Quote:
Originally Posted by . View Post
I have the same problem. What bar did you use?

That Renthal 608 seems difficult to find.
__________________
2006 KTM 950 Adventure - Go Everywhere Bike
1993 Suzuki GSX1100G - Street Touring Shafty
2000 Suzuki DR200 - A Little Smaller
75monza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #14
rburkat
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rburkat's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Chilliwack, BC
Oddometer: 271
I was having wrist issues on my 2010 990R and recently switches to a 12 deg flexx bar. The bend is much less than the stock.
If you outstretch your wrists just ABOVE the bar and make a fist as if you would be gripping it, look at what your natural wrist postion is and then grab the bar and see how it's different.

They also make a 10 deg which is even less bend that I would get if you do a lot of stand up riding. The 12 or even the 14 would be perfect for general usage.
rburkat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2012, 01:24 PM   #15
grinns
Semper Fi
 
grinns's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2010
Location: Rainy, Wa
Oddometer: 1,320
I hate the bend on the stock bars. The 690 bar bend stock is ok.

my 990 has pastrana atv race bend, which has less sweep and a little more lift.
__________________
2012 300 EC Race
2010 690 R
2014 hypermotard sp

grinns is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 03:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014