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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Fatigue; Handlebar Width

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Just wonder if anyone has experienced with arm fatigue after just an hour on the bike? I wonder if it is due to the wide handlebar. I am not tall and arms average though.

Has anyone changed the stock handlebar? Advice appreciated.
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Anyone tried the Pro Taper bars on AT?
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I don't get fatigue, but I do have arthritis in my fingers, For the last 400 miles I've been riding with a set of Grip Puppies, these are are thin foam rubber that fits over the standard grips,
I think sometimes I tend to grip the bars to tightly, these seem to have solved the problem and my fingers are feeling a lot better too from the arthritis ,
Maybe worth a try, my heated grips still heat through them too,

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thanks for sharing...my prob is that of arm and shoulder to certain extend. .. maybe it's just me..
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Maybe rotate the bars back and closer to you? Closer to your body, less reach, and less fatigue.

Are you an experienced rider? Sometimes new riders are more tense or have stronger grip on the bars which is tiring. Or strengthening your core so that you have your hands resting on the bars rather than actively hanging on - made a big difference for me.

Some find bar risers helpful to put the bars in a more comfy location, too.

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Hi

Just wonder if anyone has experienced with arm fatigue after just an hour on the bike? I wonder if it is due to the wide handlebar. I am not tall and arms average though.

Has anyone changed the stock handlebar? Advice appreciated.

I'm just 5'7" with proportionally short arms and don't get any fatigue. I find I can sit pretty close to the bars on the AT so don't feel a need to add risers.

A Dakar racer gave some interesting advice about reducing fatigue, saying your arms should only be used to operate the controls, and says to use your core muscles to support your upper body. It's in this Adventure Rider Radio podcast about best tips for extended riding if you want to listen.

https://www.podcat.com/podcasts/CKPN...all-run-record
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Hi superfunkomatic...I am not exactly a new rider having owned the GS previously and ridden it for a while

but yes I think I always have the habit of squeezing the grip tighter than usual..

I have installed Rox riser and the effect seems minimal ...just put on a new bar with more sweep...hopefully that helps
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I'm just 5'7" with proportionally short arms and don't get any fatigue. I find I can sit pretty close to the bars on the AT so don't feel a need to add risers.

A Dakar racer gave some interesting advice about reducing fatigue, saying your arms should only be used to operate the controls, and says to use your core muscles to support your upper body. It's in this Adventure Rider Radio podcast about best tips for extended riding if you want to listen.

https://www.podcat.com/podcasts/CKPN...all-run-record
hi TAV..thanks for sharing...will check it out...but yes I think I am relying far too much on the arms and not my upper core muscles
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hi TAV..thanks for sharing...will check it out...but yes I think I am relying far too much on the arms and not my upper core muscles
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