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Twist of the wrist but with a little support.

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Kraven, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Hi All, Long time since I have posted anything on here but I know this is the best place for anything motorcycle related so I thought i'd need to ask here first.

    I've been off the bike for around a year now and looking at getting a new ride before summer comes along, the problem is I suffer a bit of tendonitis in my right wrist (Not from what you're thinking, though it might not have helped) and whilst this might not be a problem for everyone on a bike I have a facination with sportbikes and can't see myself riding anything else.

    I'm worried that this injury might cause me some problems on longer trips and just wondering is anyone knows of any sort or wrist support for riders which will fit under a glove or is integrated into the glove and will still allow me enough movement for throttle/braking?

    It may not end up being a problem but i don't want to be out bush and realise i can't make it the hour or so back so any advice on what i can do is appreciated.

  2. Not really an answer to your question Kraven, and I won't mention throttle rockers and locks as I'm sure you're familiar with all of that, but is it possible to make the throttle action lighter and easier? (Or is it the weight, and not the holding open of the throttle, which is your problem?)
  3. It's the weight i'm worried about.
    I don't lean on the bars that much but you gotta put some weight there and just want to reduce it as much as possible.

    Turning the throttle isn't a problem till it starts getting sore because of leaning on it.
  4. Welcome back Kraven.
    I'm not aware of the availability of gloves with a brace incorporated in them in motorcycle stores, but I have come across low profile braces via the sports medicine supply warehouses.
    Is this a problem that you have been experiencing while you haven't been on a bike and will potentially get worse when you return to riding or did you only have it when you last rode a bike. If so, you may need to see a professional to find out what the underlying cause is and get it sorted. Then you'll need to consider the ergonomics and/or "adjustability" of your next motorbike very carefully. It might be more efficient to solve the problem rather than have the inconvenience of wearing a brace and perhaps having to buy two separate sized gloves.
  5. G'day Kraven. I think I know what you're going through. Ripped the tendon (almost completely) off my elbow and split it length ways in parts about a year ago. Followed that up with a spill off the bike and landed on the elbow so mine's in pretty good nick too.

    MattB is on the right track... as little resistance on throttle and bars as possible and take particular notice when mounting and dismounting to put as little weight on forearm as possible.

    There's also a strap available from your local chemist that sits just below the elbow. Its job is to trick the forearm muscle into thinking that it finishes further down the arm so the tendon on the elbow isn't as stressed. Costs about $18 but not sure if it will sit ok under your riding gear.

    Good luck
  6. Welcome back Kraven.
    I would say that as matt has said that a throttle rocker/lock could suit, other than that Pilates???
    Work on your core stabilizer muscles and get your thighs tight on the tank to keep the load off your wrists.
    I also find a back protector done up nice and tight takes some of the load.
  7. Dunno about riskiness, but I remember that some polaris ATVs have a thumb-operated throttle, different action to the hand throttle. (Moving it sideways, like an indicator switch) Pretty sure it was cable driven, as well.
  8. If it's the weight your worried about why don't you get some clip/handlebar risers fitted, that way your not going to be leaning forward as much so less weight on the wrists and forearms, once the bike is up to speed the wind should take a fair weight off as well now that your position will be more upright.

  9. Hi Kraven, I suppose you could use some kind of wrist support but if it is too stiff you will not beable to roll the throttle properly. You could use your finger or palm but i do not think it is ideal.

    The next point is, there shouldnt be that much weight on your wrist in the first place. If you bend your elbows it will take the weight off your wrist. and spread it over your arm, from shoulders to the elbow and only a little weight on your wrist.
  10. welcome back, ol' Kermit's absence has been noted :).

    I'd be consulting a sports medicine specialist. He/she will probbaly advise you not to ride, but ignore that and ask what the suggestion would be if you were talking about going back to playing squash......
  11. Jesus Bloody Christ Michael!!!!! I was already to shit can someone for bringing up dead threads...., then I see it's a new one! :tantrum:

    Good to see you back mate. Get your arse on a bike again! :woot: :grin:

    There's really only one way to find out. Get a bike and see how it goes. If it turns out to be a problem there are various forms of wrist support available but I don't know what would help. Maybe those neoprean wrist support bandage thingies, or snowboarding wrist protectors or perhaps fit a throttle rocker or even a throttle lock for long trips. :)

    Having a new bike may occupy your time, thus reducing the time you spend wanking which could in turn actually help the issue. :LOL:
  12. would it be possible to adjust/modify the handle bars so they are vertical like on a road bike? and then a bar further back to rest your forearms on? The vertical bars are much more comfortable then horizontal, and there is much less stress on the wrist as well.
  13. Try some tank grip pads, such as techspec or stomp grip. I have techspec and it makes it a whole lot easier to grip with your knees and reduce the weight on your wrists.
  14. Hahaha good to see a lot of the old members are still around and kicking :)

    Sports physio is something i didn't even think of and i'm thinking will be the first stop before i pick up a bike.
    That throttle rocker also looks really good and for $11.00 i guess you really can't go wrong.

    Thanks for all the quick replies everyone hopefully after winter the wrist will loosen up a little bit anyway but i'll be definatly looking at some of these options.
  15. Kraven, just saw an ad in Cycle Torque by these guys http://www.gallbrosmedical.com.au/ and I thought of your question. Check out the wrist supports, some appear to be designed for motorcyclists using the throttle. I get the sense that their main point is protection, but they refer to 'support', so might be worth checking out (if you do, let us know about prices etc, looks like a good product*)

    (*Which in ten years time will be added to the list that defines ATGATT - "You went out without your wrist braces??!! You're gonna be sorry when you break your wrists!" "Damn, couldn't go riding today - the airbag system wasn't working and I'm no squid!")
  16. Oh you can go wrong with one.
    I remember Rob had an incident where he loaded the rocker unintentionally while taking evasive action and just kept powering into more and more fun/trouble
  17. I'm terrified of throttle rockers, I used one for about 200 metres then stopped, bug-eyed, and piffed it as far as my piffing arm would piff.

    I reckon choose the right bike and it won't be such an issue. Something with a more upright riding position and dorky comfort bars, that'll probably help.

    ps. can we bang your hot sister yet?
  18. Possibly an easier and cheaper option than the physio to begin with would be some remedial massage mate. Most of what the physio is going to do will be massage anyway, they'll just charge you a lot more for it. Massage therapist will be able to advise you on stretches as well.

    If i'm assuming correctly that you're talking about a tennis elbow type tendonitis then its not such a hard fix, get the forearm muscles relaxed and stretched via massage, stretching and possibly one of the forearm velcro straps and you should be back without too many problems. I've treated piles of patients with tendonitis problems over the years. If it originated from some form of wrist trauma ie fall then you may have joint dysfunction in your wrist which can cause the forearm muscles to be too tight as well, chiropractor is your shot for that.