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OK I ride a XS650. They are known for their vibration at higher rpms. Anyone have any little tricks to keep my hands from going numb during highway trips?
 

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first is to relax your grip which should do the trick, then you can try bar-ends, then there's filling your bars up with BB's or sand or that BarSnake/tm thing or any sort of wieght/counterweight idea. then there are different bars to suit your ergos better. but first try the loose grip thing.

others should have better tricks 'cause numb hands/fingers usually just mean that i'm doing something wrong...as opposed to the bike...from my POV.
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I figured it was kind of my fault. The hard one to keep from going numb is my right because I have to keep on the throttle so much to keep it at a decent speed on the highway
 

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put a smaller sprocket on the rear wheel

they are geared stupidly low for highway use
 

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Yea I should do that. They are geared stupidly low. It comes stock with a 17 and a 34. I think i am gonna go to a 32 out back and keep the 17.
 

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don't bother wasting your time just dropping two teeth

get real and at least drop 4

I'd drop 6

unless you are a real heavyweight...... like say over 300 pounds and your bike is obese

it will pull it just fine

run a taller rear tire too
 

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I get this also. Not really numb but just kind of a buzzing feeling. My grips are kinda old and hard so I'm thinking of trying new grips also.
 

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See my hands go like dead numb its kind of disconcerting when you try and reach for the break and your fingers fumble around with the lever. But I am going to change the gearing so that should help.
 

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It could also be your wrist position. Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Try to adjust your clutch/brake levers so your wrists are straight when on the bike.
 

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the wieghts on the end work well i'm told. i wonder if the rubber bushings under your risers are old and hard and if a new set would do much?
 

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I promise if you simply gear one up much taller

you won't have to wonder about putting bandaids on it and it will cruise 80 without any annoying buzzing

it's just a mere 42 inch vertical twin and only generates vibration in one axis

unlike an inline 4 which does in two

worst case you might have to putz with the ignition timing a tiny bit

the only reason I can think of for not gearing one taller is if one is actually being used for 1/8th or 1/4 mile racing


other than that...... I've yet to see, own, or ride a stock geared XS that would comfortably sustain anything approaching 3/4 throttle for miles on end or even comfortably sustain 80

and heck a tiny little cb350 or RD250 will do that and then some
 

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Yea thanks Hack I think I am going to switch to a 18 front and a 32 rear using 520 chain and sprockets. But yes Unga there is a large design flaw with the motor i want to get it rephased to 277 but its pretty pricey.
 
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