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    New member - with question before the ride to Lake Couchiching next weekend

    I bought an '86 k75 last august - first bike in 30 years. This weekend I went for the longest ride I've taken. 40 miles (60 Kms - get used to it in Canada folks :-).

    Anyway found that 20 miles into it my hand was tired on the throttle and the vibrations (I know the k75 is supposed to be smooth) made my hand a bit numb. Oh yeah and I had an itchy ear that turned into sensory overload until i stopped.

    So my question is - are my bushings old and stiff? Am I being a baby (waa waa I have some vibration! Waa) and will someone take a spin on my k75 and tell me if it acts 'normal'. I put progressive springs on it this spring and a new rear shock late last year.

    See you Canada.
    Cheers

    Jim Nielsen

    Toronto

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    Registered User Mossy_Crk's Avatar
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    My first thought is that you may be gripping too tightly. The tighter you grip the more vibrations are going to be transferred leaving you more tired, numb, etc. Subsequently, the slight loss of sensation leads lots of folks into then gripping even more tightly further increasing the problem.

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    Welcome Aboard!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mossy_Crk View Post
    My first thought is that you may be gripping too tightly. The tighter you grip the more vibrations are going to be transferred leaving you more tired, numb, etc. Subsequently, the slight loss of sensation leads lots of folks into then gripping even more tightly further increasing the problem.
    I experience this from time to time and have to remind myself to relax my grip - oddly enough only my right hand. I added GripPuppies (Amazon.com) which help and just constantly reminding myself to loosen my grip.

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    Hello Jim. Can't answer your question, but, wanted to say "Enjoy the MOA Couchiching Event and Thanks for Being a Member!"
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    Hi Neighbour!

    My K100RT is really smooth, but I couldn't believe the increased smoothness when I put some foam handle grips over the original grips. That, plus relaxing your pressure on the grips might be your answer. Look me up next weekend. Look for either a black K100RT or a glacial green R1100RT; have to decide which bike I'll be riding.
    Paul
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    Welcome Jim

    Nice to have you as a member.

    Take up Paul on his offer. He will be very informative and give you a straight answer.

    Enjoy the event and post some pics and a ride report when you get back.
    Ride Well

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