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Okay I'm new to the K1600 but not pain issues and a similar riding position. My 09 FJR when stock gave me sharp neck pain. I changed the triple clamp to a Heli which brought the bars up and back. Risers were an option but the Heli offered other advantages. This helped the neck immensely. A helmet that is too loose can be an issue as the wind will force it down in front partially blocking your vision. You automatically tilt your head back to compensated and bingo neck pain. Prescription glass with a thick frame can do the same. A good fitting helmet with a vision opening to low for the shape of your head. I think you get the idea. My right thumb has been numb for 6 weeks due to wearing a pair of gloves for about 8 hours. What really sucks about that is it had happen before same gloves some years back. But only wore them for 2 hours and thumb numb for a week. I imagine a jacket too tight could cut off or impair circulation and cause numbness in the arms and hands.


Hello may I ask which of the Heli you purchased. One is like $800 and another is around $125?


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I purchased and installed the Helibars risers (link below) for $129 from Revzilla.



https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/helibars-handlebar-risers-bmw-k1600gt-k1600gtl-2010-2018?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl8PB9uWw5AIVC77ACh0a3QH7EAQYASABEgJae_D_BwE



It places the bars 12mm (0.5 inch) higher and 44mm (1.75 inch) closer to the rider. It was just what the doctor ordered to eliminate pain and numbness in my arms and hands.


Thank you. I have a shot back and neck. Need something to set me up straighter. Hard install? Eric W


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Thank you. I have a shot back and neck. Need something to set me up straighter. Hard install? Eric W


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They are a little bit tricky only in that the bolts are a bit hard to reach unless you just take the handlebars entirely off. Once you do that, they're a piece of cake to install.

And by completely off, I don't mean removing all the grips, cables, etc. Just detaching the bars from the steering head. Just make sure you note the alignment there so you put them back on straight.
 

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Ditto

I installed the Helibars risers and it fixed all my pain and discomfort. As others have said, I noticed that the windscreen needs to be adjusted so there is no back pressure. I've learned to notice it and just adjust the screen down a touch to stop it.

https://www.helibars.com/products/HeliBars®-Tour-Performance™-handlebar-risers-for-BMW-K1600GT-{47}-K1600GTL/635.html
I installed the riser kit from Helibars on my GT as well and find them perfectly designed and well worth the money.
 

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I’m 6 feet 4 inches tall with a 37-38” sleeve but the stock seating position on the 2018 GTL was still causing me a little pain in the shoulders and arms before I added the Helibar riser. The additional half inch higher and 1.75 inch closer made the difference.
 

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No symptoms on my GT at all, but I have median nerve root compression at the neck, as opposed to at the wrist (which is the more common carpal tunnel syndrome), when on any kind of pure sport bike or bike requiring a true 3/4 position, like my K1200S. It's why I'm likely to get rid of it at some point in the next year. It's positional, and with my neck up, arms rotated forward, and trying to look/rotate my neck right, I have the classic numbness and tingling in thumb, index, long and the long side of the ring finger, along with localized neck pain and nothing in between that and the fingers. I can perform the motion off the bike and re-create the compression.

I've obviously got a degenerative, small rupture or large bulge which contacts the nerve root when I'm in that position. Not worsening, so it's not a tumor. Not enough for surgery, since it only happens when I do that, so I'm like the old Henny Youngman joke:

"I went to the doctor. I said, 'Doc, it hurts when I do this.' He said, 'Don't do that.' "

IF the common denominator is THIS bike, then see about trying the GTL bars, or some risers. That should change the very slight head angle of the GT position relative to the GTL or a GS, say.

And plus umpteen to @Hallzee 's suggestion about taking Advil, Aleve or your preferred other NSAID before you leave. Huge difference. Just don't take it on an empty stomach, or that's what will be hurting while you're riding.
 

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I’m 6 feet 4 inches tall with a 37-38” sleeve but the stock seating position on the 2018 GTL was still causing me a little pain in the shoulders and arms before I added the Helibar riser. The additional half inch higher and 1.75 inch closer made the difference.


Ok thanks, I’m 6’2” and I drive. 2015 of it is that much difference between the ‘18 and mine. I didn’t want my elbows in my ears. I used to ride lone distance bicycle events and I always had three positions of “grab” so I could adjust. Wish that could happen here


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I've been riding a street bike since 1985, bunches of different styles and sizes and although my back and wrists have taken a beating from some bikes, I've never had numbness down my arm.
Bought my K16GT last October, been riding it pretty hard both 1 and 2 up but notice after @ 45 minutes, my right arm gets tingly and feels like it's "going to sleep". I didn't think much of it until the first long ride back in May, put 1500 miles on it over a weekend. My right arm was a wreck.
Moving my neck around, I can duplicate the numbness. If I tip my head back and lean it to the right, it happens every time. I went to my back doctor and she immediately knew what was up. There is a narrowing of the opening where the nerve bundle passes through my neck, called the facet joint. I had a epidural injection in my neck which did nothing to ease the pain and now I'm doing physical therapy.
The PT doc thinks that if he can get the joint to open a bit and then I get a facet joint injection, the nerve bundle will shrink a bit and the pain will go away.

So, back to the bike......Until this happened, I didn't realize that while sitting on the K16GT, I'm actually looking slightly up while riding and I didn't do that on any other bike including my K12GT and K100RS.

Anyone else have different pains and aches from the K16?
You need to get an EMG. You probably have an entrapment of the ulnar nerve. And possibly including entrapment in your wrist - carpal tunnel syndrome. The EMG will determine where the nerve impingement is happening. if there is impingement in the neck the next step will be an MRI. If the impingement is just in the elbow the end or the wrist then it’s a very simple surgery. Do you like actually end up causing muscle damage. I speak to you-unfortunately - from experience.
 

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You need to get an EMG. You probably have an entrapment of the ulnar nerve. And possibly including entrapment in your wrist - carpal tunnel syndrome. The EMG will determine where the nerve impingement is happening. if there is impingement in the neck the next step will be an MRI. If the impingement is just in the elbow the end or the wrist then it’s a very simple surgery. Do you like actually end up causing muscle damage. I speak to you-unfortunately - from experience.
Thanks Bud, this post was from 3 years ago!
I've received excellent results from PT and no longer have this issue
 

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I had hand numbness first thing in the morning whether riding my bike or just using the mouse on my computer and my arms would go numb at night especially if I slept on my side. Many times one arm or the other would go numb while riding. I assumed the problem was in my neck as I would roll my head around and stretch the neck muscles and the problem would go away. I had the EMG done and it was suggested that I have Carpal Tunnel surgery. I had it done on my left wrist first and the hand and arm numbness completely went away on that hand and arm. The condition continued on my right side. Four months later I had the right one operated on and after 4 weeks now no numbness there either. I purposely sleep on my side just to test it out. I haven't ridden since the right one was done but I did after the left side and it was fine.

The surgery is done arthroscopically with a 1/2" incision at the wrist that when healed is completely invisible. I had local anesthesia at the hand and the operation took about 15 minutes. The next day I was able to pretty much do anything except lift heavy things. I'm looking forward to a numb free riding season.

I suggest seeing a hand specialist and check it out. At first I thought how would a carpal tunnel problem affect my whole arm but they assured me it could and does. Waiting too long to fix the problem can cause permanent damage to the muscles so don't wait. I'm on Medicare with a supplement insurance plan and it paid for everything 100%
 
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