Originally Posted by Tck13
I was talking to someone at work about this yesterday and he pointed out that he has very padded handlebar grips and a device that lets you turn the throttle with you palm instead of gripping the throttle with your whole hand. I've never heard of anything like this but I would imagine it helps.
Yeah, that might help a bit, but it's kind of kludging around the problem, which is that there is weight on your wrists at all (bad). Weight on the handlebars means bad handling and also more dangerous riding, because the bike has resistance to the natural righting ability of the gyroscopic forces of the front wheel along with the trail built into the suspension geometry. Also, putting weight on the front shortens the trail, which means quicker steering but less stability. Add a hard braking maneuver and you can easily reduce the trail to near zero, meaning the front wheel has no reason to want to go in any particular direction. All these added up mean a bike that's less safe and can't be controlled as well as one that is set up properly so there isn't rider weight going into the bars.
I recommend the book "Total Control" for anyone who rides - there's a good section that covers this along with other ergonomic issues with setting up a bike properly.
Re: the throttle paddle thing, I could see that being nice but I'm going to drill and tap a hole in my throttle housing and then use a nylon bolt that will ride on the throttle cam inside. BMWs had this for years and called it a cruise control, and after getting used to it I find it silly that more bikes don't have something like this. (Probably for liability reasons, of course.) They want to sell you a Throttlemeister for $250 or something when a $1 thumb screw does the job better.