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post #1 of 17 Old 05-04-2014, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Quelling handlebar vibes on a Gen I (or Gen II)

Perhaps this is covered elsewhere but, have any of you advice on ways to quell the vibration in the handlebars? I have stock bars on my 05 and have heard of people filling them with buck shot or aftermarket bar end weights?
Any thoughts or experiences to share?

Update: I just found a thread on here from 2012. It was to do with a Gen II, but did have some information. I'll have to check my Gen I when I get home and see if there is a threaded plug in the end of the bar that prevents me from adding bar end weights. But if anyone has information on other products perhaps that have come out lately, just let me know! The little paddle on the grip chummy sounds interesting too.
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-04-2014, 05:50 PM
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I didn't have any shot but I did have some wheel weights. I cut up them into pieces that were about a 1/2 to 3/4 long. Filled the bars from both ends the pumped silicon in from one side till it came out the other. It didn't solve all of the vibration but I do think it helped a bunch.

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I didn't have any shot but I did have some wheel weights. I cut up them into pieces that were about a 1/2 to 3/4 long. Filled the bars from both ends the pumped silicon in from one side till it came out the other. It didn't solve all of the vibration but I do think it helped a bunch.
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One thing that really helps is balancing the front tire. Neither my gen1 or 2 vibrate the bars. I took the bar end weights off the gen2 when I installed the BarkBusters and noticed no change. Sometimes vibration felt in the bars is from loose engine mounts. That is something else to look for.

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One thing that really helps is balancing the front tire. Neither my gen1 or 2 vibrate the bars. I took the bar end weights off the gen2 when I installed the BarkBusters and noticed no change. Sometimes vibration felt in the bars is from loose engine mounts. That is something else to look for.

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I'll give it a through going over when I'm back home. Thanks, that's good advice.
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I put on ODI mushroom grips. They are very thin rings from end to end. If I grip too hard they collapse and I get vibes. If I keep a light hand on the grips they stay round and I don't get vibes. Kinda like training grips to teach me to grip lightly.

When I'm in a rough spot, I can grip solidly.
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That's wild, I have never heard of those! Obviously this whole thing about a loose grip has some merit. One thing I would like to look into is the throttle paddle thing. That too might make some difference. But I like that mushroom grip idea too.
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Vibration

I put "slightly" larger grips on my bike, and noticed somewhat less vibration.
Maybe some thing you can try.

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Thanks for that. I have also found a rubber mounted riser set up for a KLR, but I figure the cost would be about $250 once it gets to my door in Canada. I think I am going to concentrate on my grip and perhaps buy one of those throttle paddle deals someone else suggested and give that a try. If that fails, thicker grips or gel grips might work too.
At this point I would just be happy getting it back on the road!
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Is there an American website that sells Grip Puppies? just wondering!
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