arm problems!!!

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i have been ridding my new cr125. im getting used to the clutch (coming from and xr100) and my arm and hand get so tired that i have a lot of trouble pulling it in. does anyone know of mods for the bike or excersizes for that area? thanks.
 

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That's an age old problem that even the pros deal with.Not much helps but to ride as much as possible and stretch your forearms all the time(off the bike ofcourse) by trying to bend all your fingers at the same time the wrong way:scream: .
 
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Welcome to the world of arm pumpitis. I hate to admit it, but the only thing that has helped at all is taking an Alieve before I ride and lots of water. Of course, I'm old. :think

And BTW, 2-Strokes have nothing to do with it.
 
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You do have ways around arm pump. A lot of it just depends on devotion to riding. If you are into it enough, you might start working out. I used to pump up big time, but as i started getting faster, i decided that even though, im still young and growing, i can still do some working out... I recommend lots of curls, the will serve you well. Also, keep your clutch system well lubricated, that will make your pull a lot easier. The more you ride the less should get it. ( that is if you practice good riding posture, and handle bar grip.) Just try to ride loose. If you start and ride until you pump up, then take a brake, and let them loosen up, you will fair a lot better for the rest of the ride. TTR... You obviously don't ride that bike of yours very hard.
 
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I just started riding again 8 months ago. After 4 months of riding arm pump went away.I still get a numb right hand after a hard ride. Try relaxing when possible during rides/not gripping as hard. Water intake seems to help.

Different bars/and grips seem to help sometimes also.:cool:
 
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Obviously you dont know me do you? Ask MoO_Cow how I ride and then say something too me about arm pump:p And as for 2-strokes giving you arm pump, I have riden my bike for over a year now and havent gotten in, but the other week rode MoO's 125 and I got arm pump like know other! So before you say anything about me or my riding abilitys, maybe you should think before you type! just my .02 cents :think
 

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Try not using the clutch on down shifts. On a 125 you probably need to use it often on upshifts. Learn to downshift with no cluth use. Save that arm.
 
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Lots of water helps,but ithink gripping the bike with ankles/knees does the most good.It takes some of the strain off your arms.Also try to relaxe as much as possible.Loosen your grip while in the air if you have a chance Just a second of holding the bars with the fingertips can make a big differance for me.
 
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Originally posted by TT-R
Obviously you dont know me do you? Ask MoO_Cow how I ride and then say something too me about arm pump:p And as for 2-strokes giving you arm pump, I have riden my bike for over a year now and havent gotten in, but the other week rode MoO's 125 and I got arm pump like know other! So before you say anything about me or my riding abilitys, maybe you should think before you type! just my .02 cents :think
A little knowledge for ya youngster:
The number one cause of arm pump comes from the death grip. Death grip is associated with nerves, how tense you are, the lack of being comfortable and loose. When people comment that the more they ride, the less pump they get. Why? Because they get more comfortable on the bike.

Is your TTR a 125? Going from that to a 125 MX bike didn't make you nervous? Tell ya what, ride a 426 and tell me you won't get arm pump. Last I checked a 426 is not a 2-stroke.

What is at issue here is the statement that 2-stokes cause arm pump. That's just not the case.
 

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Originally posted by Okiewan
What is at issue here is the statement that 2-stokes cause arm pump. That's just not the case.
Bingo!

TT-R - You're a spode... like the rest of us! I have ridden both 2 and 4 strokes and dealt with arm pump on both machines. In fact my XR250 was worse than either my KDX or my GasGas when it came to arm pump.
 
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Last year I was ridng an XR-400 and my arm pump was much more severe than with my 300 MXC.

2-strokes don't cause arm pump. I think it has to do with how hard you are hanging on to the bike more than anything else. It always seemed like I was trying to wrestle the XR through the woods.:think
 

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Arm pump.....

TT-R, the reason why you got arm pump on that guys 125 was because you were used to your steady power on your 4 stroke.... and when you get on the 2 stroke the power just hits, and your yanked backwards, so your hanging on for dear life... which causes the arm pump. I've never gotten arm pump before... I've been riding my kx125 for about 2 months now. And wensday was the first time I've gotten arm pump. Usually I'm all relaxed and breathing. But this time, I crashed kind of bad on a table top. You can read about the crash in general disscusion, thread name KICKESR! After I crashed I got arm pump! I guess it was because I was scared and was hanging on for dear life. About shifting with the clutch on your 125. I've talked to many pro riders that I know. They said when you're riding and you're hard on the gas, just let off, and shift. They said it's much easier, and it doesn't wear out your tranny. They said as long as you let off it takes stress off of it. This is also true about down shifting. Later.
 
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how very very true. it all related to how use to the bike u are. The first time i got my kdx i was scare of it makeing me hang on really really hard. Have had it about 3 months now and haven't had arm pump in a while. Don't hang on so tight, relax and don't be so tense. Some things that i have tried is chew gum to help take you mind off of it or eat a banna before u go riding. The banna is very rich in potassium wich help out with cramps and arm pump. :)
hope this helps