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Hey guys, Finally got to put my first 80 miles on my brand new bike. Half of that was in the rain but it was well worth it! After about twenty minutes or so of Riding I develop some hand pain on my left hand, specifically where the middle finger connects to my palm. I have had this happen before on a dirtbike as well.. I am assuming it is because the clutch lever is a tad too far away for my smallish hands? Is there something I can do in the mean time to fix this problem? I plan on getting CRG RC2 Levers but that won't be for a few weeks..

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/crg-rc2-clutch-lever-yamaha-r3-2015-2016 Levers
 

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Is it possible that you are holding on to tightly to the bars? Try a more relaxed grip and and see if that works.
Also ebay has adjustable levers that are inexpensive.
 

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I ride with a pretty relaxed grip, I honestly think it is the clutch lever being too far away. The pain is only there when I use the clutch and its only in the middle finger area.. It feels like I pulled a muscle. My other hand is fine. How are the eBay levers? I don't want something that feels cheap.. But if they are solid, I would gladly pick some up.
 

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I've had mostly good luck with cheapo ebay levers. Practice clutchless shifting- that'll at least cut the issues in half...
 

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I'm having some pain with my left hand/wrist as well. Only thing is, I'm not sure if it's an old injury (sprained wrists from basketball) coming back to haunt me, or it's the lever as you said. To alleviate the pain, I try to have my hand/wrist more vertical and above the lever, than the traditional horizontal position (sorry if that doesn't make sense lol).

But it's slowly healing though.
 

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I've had mostly good luck with cheapo ebay levers. Practice clutchless shifting- that'll at least cut the issues in half...
I will get some practice in this weekend. Any particular lever or vendor you use on ebay?

I'm having some pain with my left hand/wrist as well. Only thing is, I'm not sure if it's an old injury (sprained wrists from basketball) coming back to haunt me, or it's the lever as you said. To alleviate the pain, I try to have my hand/wrist more vertical and above the lever, than the traditional horizontal position (sorry if that doesn't make sense lol).

But it's slowly healing though.
I will give this a try, hope your wrist starts to feel better as well
 

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I get the pains all the time with my R3.
I'm just too used to the commuter posture and my wrists are not used to the sporty riding position.
I guess it will take a little while to get more comfortable to ride for longer duration.
 

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I get the pains all the time with my R3.
I'm just too used to the commuter posture and my wrists are not used to the sporty riding position.
I guess it will take a little while to get more comfortable to ride for longer duration.
Guess we are all feeling a little pain one way or another but it's sure as **** worth it!
 

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One of the first things I did was change the grips. In fact I bought new grips before I even got the bike.

Mine pain was in my right hand, and that's down to previous injury (very mangled metacarpal), the vibrations and hardness of grips set if off, so got some nice soft silicone ones. Helps a huge amount, can ride vast distances and gun the twisted all day with not problems.
 

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I also get a bit of hand pain but mostly due to not having to use a clutch for a long time.
 

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Agree with previous posts - gripping too hard (sometimes unconsciously) can lead to cramping. Sometimes it's just ergonomics, like CTS - changing your hand position, using softer grips or changing bar angle/position can help too.
 

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I sometimes get pains too like my wrist but just the bone from my thumb. It's odd and I'm not sure how to completely explain it and it doesn't happen all the time but I notice when I go to the bank it'll hurt always when I get close. It's so weird. Then at times I'll go really far and I won't even feel anything. I may have to try relaxing my hand more often.
 

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I have the same problem. Unfortunately, my wrists are weak and I often experience pain if I sleep incorrectly, strain my arms too much, or I hold on tightly to the wheel when cycling. But after that, I started practicing yoga, pain, decreased significantly and almost passed. Indeed, this kind of sport impressed me a lot and I started to learn it more profoundly. You can also see on this site Can You Lose Weight Doing Yoga? some interesting advice and exercises that can help you to escape the pain in muscles.
 

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I know that the thread is old, but I have the same problem. Thanks for your relplies
The link below has a lot more helpful advice than this thread does:

 

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If you are old like me, you may have arthritis setting in. Sometimes I wear a thumb brace prosthetic and also a few ibuprofen daily. With street bike riding the pain comes and goes, but for offroad riding, it is tough because there is a lot of clutch work.
 
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