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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 2016, 6:26 am Thread Starter
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Wrist relief

When I ride my wrists turn "out", technically called ulnar deviation. It's like my shoulders are too wide for the bike. Proper ergonomics would have no deviation, either outward or inward. I'm using HeliBars but that does not address the problem. On long rides, this is resulting in wrist pain. I don't like the idea of cruise control.

Are there any solutions that could pivot the grips 'out' so that my wrists can stay straight?

Point me to an old post, I'm sure it's been covered but I couldn't find it.

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If you pivot the grips out, if I am understanding what you are suggesting, you'll wind up having to lean forward more. That would put more weight on your wrists. The better idea is to take weight off the wrists. Honestly, you should not be resting your weight on the bars much at all. Most of us do at times, but it is better to have the back and legs support the weight, or at least learn to shift it between the back and wrists while riding on longer runs.

I don't know your personal situation, but core strength is the key to this. If you're physically able, and maybe not doing so already, hit the gym or spend the time at home doing exercises to strengthen the core. It makes a difference, riding these bikes is a physical activity and like any physical activity, it helps to be prepared for it.

Another, maybe less barbaric approach, is find some clip ons that allow you to use longer bars. If your wider shoulders are part of the problem, then wider bars to match may be helpful. For your 2004, any 50mm clip on would fit under the top clamp and provide a way to add longer bars. I don't know if the Helibars you have will allow replacement bars, I know the OEM clips do not.

These look nice.
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Cycle cat bar system allowed pivoting the bars outward and then further rotating the bars along their radial axis for best fit. Look for 'em on Ebay as they show up from time to time.
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"but core strength is the key to this", and remember to grip the tank with your thighs most of the time taking your weight off the bars. By all means, explore other handlebar options as it seems your wrists are especially challenged but do the situps/pushups and concentrate on using your trunk muscles to hold you in place while you ride. This really makes an amazing difference in your comfort.
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Apex makes bars adjustable in several ways. Look into them.
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Those Apex look really nice.

There's a couple other sets out there like them.

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post #8 of 40 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 2016, 12:11 pm
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Those Apex bars look trick but would their lack of setback cause them to hit the fairing?
I installed Cycle Cats a few years back and had a tough time getting everything to clear. I ended up with radial master cylinders to get the lever angles right. Not perfect, but it's very close.
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"but core strength is the key to this", and remember to grip the tank with your thighs most of the time taking your weight off the bars. By all means, explore other handlebar options as it seems your wrists are especially challenged but do the situps/pushups and concentrate on using your trunk muscles to hold you in place while you ride. This really makes an amazing difference in your comfort.
+1...when my abs and core are strong, I notice much less wrist pressure. Even on my Panigale I have virtually no weight on the bars at all when I'm fit. When I get out of shape, then I start to notice more.

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Yup I'm old and slow now .... but for sure , "core strength" is the key to joy for us older guys ....I can get lazy on all the bikes with the same results .... numb , sore wrists .... once my core strength is improved , that issue is gone , no matter which bike I am on ... plus a little exercise before jumping in the morning shower is good for you / us ...
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