Hey Guys, I hope that some of you might have some insight for me. I'm a new rider who just got his go-fast-pass about a month ago. I'd never ridden bikes when I was younger so I'm green as can be. I did opt to take a riding course from our local Safety Council before getting my lic. and that helped immensely with making me comfortable with the ride. However, since I've gotten out on my own for a few hundred km's (miles/2 for our yanks), about an even split between highway and in-city, I've noticed that the large pad of my thumb on my right hand tends to get sore about 15/20 minutes into a ride and on longer rides (45+ mins), a large part of my right hand can get numb. A friend who rides suggested that the symptoms might simply be due to a newer rider with a death-grip on the throttle. In the past week or so, I've made a real considered effort of easing up my grip on the control but it hasn't made a real significant difference. The bike is almost a perfect fit for me as I'm 5'10" with a normal arm length and the bars are stock with no risers. I find it most comfortable to ride fairly close to the tank so that most of my weight is over the foot pegs so that I'm not leaning forward too much and relying on the bars to hold me up. Lastly, I've found no difference between 3 different pairs of gloves (light motocross, heavy weather leather, and mechanics gloves). Now comes the "Your Opinion" part: 1. Do you think that my buddy is right and I'm just inexperienced and gripping too hard... 2. Is it possible that the angle of the bars could/should be adjusted slightly inward toward the tank... 3. Would bar risers help to transfer my weight back even farther... 4. Should I attempt to find a local witch doctor to have the demon excised from my right handlebar/hand/both... Any help would be appreciated as I'm planning on taking my first big 3-4 hour ride in a month or so and am not looking forward to suffering through the whole thing.