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post #1 of 11 Old 05-25-2011, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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I rode my new (to me) KLR home Monday and my right hand fell asleep. So i started looking around for a way to neutralize the vibration.

I can't post URLs yet but happy trail com has what they call Anti-Vibration-Risers. How well they work? Their ad talks a lot about being able to adjust the bars position but not much about how well it cancels vibration. This makes me wonder if the Anti-Vibration claim is just a selling gimmick for there Risers.

Has anyone tried these? I don't need the risers but if they really do help with the vibration it might be worth it.

Grip N Rip Racing has a Handle Bar Anti-Vib/Shock system. It is a little item is a little pricey but again if it works I am OK with it.

Any other suggestions? bar-end weights?

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-25-2011, 11:42 AM
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Bar end weights would help. Grip puppies help. (Foam tubes that go around the grips).




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post #3 of 11 Old 05-26-2011, 10:05 AM
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I have heard of people putting bb-s in there handle bars to help with vibes. I had the same thing happen when I first got my bike and I found that the more I rode the less it happened, not sure why?
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I've got wide Renthal bars on mine and really don't notice much vibration at all (which surprised considering it's a big single thumper), perhaps the Renthal bars help?

However, on previous bikes I've owned I've always fitted bar end weights, which definitely helped. A cheap fix would be some lead shot - just make sure it's not in 12 gauge cartridge form, that you thump in with a hammer!
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Yep.. I just swapped bars on my FZ6 and now I'm getting a bit more buzz in the bars than I did with the OEM steel bars.. I'll be filling the bars with #8 lead shot tomorrow..
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Things that will minimize felt vibration at the handlebars in no particular order.
1-different handlebars, I have Pro Taper S/E's
2-Grips, Pro Grip 714's, these are a gel type grip that are a little thick than most grips.
3-Anti-vibe Riser's, Rox Risers, yes they do work. If you get these get the set that allows you to use either 7/8ths or 1-1/8th bars. The larger bar will absorb vibes better.
4-Bar end weights
5-Aftermarket exhaust, makes a noticeable reduction in felt vibes in the entire bike.
6-685 kit, the lighter piston makes a huge difference in felt vibes in the entire bike. I took off the Rox Risers after installing the 685. If you get a chance to ride a KLR with a 685 you will be amazed how much smoother it is.
7-throttle lock, for long rides on the slab it's good to be able to let go for a few minutes.

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i loaded mine with silicone. seemed to help. hell of a lot better than my new f800. my middle 2 fingers turn white after 15 minutes. might do lead shot in the new bike.

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I rode my new (to me) KLR home Monday and my right hand fell asleep. So i started looking around for a way to neutralize the vibration.

I can't post URLs yet but happy trail com has what they call Anti-Vibration-Risers. How well they work? Their ad talks a lot about being able to adjust the bars position but not much about how well it cancels vibration. This makes me wonder if the Anti-Vibration claim is just a selling gimmick for there Risers.

Has anyone tried these? I don't need the risers but if they really do help with the vibration it might be worth it.

Grip N Rip Racing has a Handle Bar Anti-Vib/Shock system. It is a little item is a little pricey but again if it works I am OK with it.

Any other suggestions? bar-end weights?

Thanks

Try adjusting the bars forward or back a bit and see if that helps your hand before you spend money!

I don't have any experience with these but they look interesting: Vibranator

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***No Cost***
1. Adjust the Doohickey
2. Adjust the valves
3. Things to the carburetor
4. Clean air cleaner
5. Properly inflate the tires
6. Balance the wheels
7. Tighten and torque all nuts and bolts

***Cost***
8. What everyone else said

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***No Cost***
1. Adjust the Doohickey
2. Adjust the valves
3. Things to the carburetor
4. Clean air cleaner
5. Properly inflate the tires
6. Balance the wheels
7. Tighten and torque all nuts and bolts

***Cost***
8. What everyone else said
Thanks for all the input. I am going the Doohickey upgrade today if it goes smoothly I might check the the valves also.
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