I have noticed over the past year that on rides that my hands, especially my right hand, starts hurting somewhere around 60-75 miles. I have been considering purchasing some Flexx bars which are supposed to help absorb shock and vibration. The single reason I have yet to purchase them is they cost $350. After reading several posts from adventure/dual sport riders about the weighted bar ends absorbing vibration, I put a set on the stock bars of the KLR. I immediately noticed a reduction in vibration of the bars. I took the bike out for a trial 100 mile test ride and was somewhat dismayed at the results. Even though there is only a slight vibration at certain rpm's now, my hands started hurting at roughly the same mileage. Either it did not reduce the vibration as much as I thought it did or it's just defective hands.
At the rheunatologist last week, doc shot x-rays, did blood work and examined in particular my hands, knees, ankles and hips. Good news, x-rays look good, I do have one hole eaten through one of my toes from four years ago but no further bone destruction. My blood work is normal and after the examination he said "I wish all of my patients were getting along as good as you are". I know I am fortunate to do what I can still do, but all I have to gauge against is healthy people that I work with. Measuring myself against them, I struggle (and hurt) to do normal things every day. I try not to complain, don't want anyone's sympathy... just want to feel good enough to do what I want to. Is that too much to ask?
Speaking of work, the printing press that I work on is going back to continuous operations September 3. This means that I will go back to working 12 hour days - 3 days one week then 4 days the next week. Or, a more positive approach is that I will be off half of the time now. I have worked the last 2 Saturdays, working Saturday and Sunday this week and working next Saturday ... after next Saturday that will be 25 out of the last 27 days worked. Cooler temperatures, some days off, a couple of my best friends and one of my motorcycles ... I'm ready!