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post #1 of 33 Old 06-27-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar viberation

I have an 09 KLR and my hands and arm tingle after riding a short while. What is the best way around it? Gel grips? And if so, whats the best ones to use? I have heard filling the bars with caulking??? Any help would be great....
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I have an 09 KLR and my hands and arm tingle after riding a short while. What is the best way around it? Gel grips? And if so, whats the best ones to use? I have heard filling the bars with caulking??? Any help would be great....

Before you chase after the bars check the motor mounts and adjust the doo.

Do you have the bar end weighs on? Have you tried adjusting the bars maybe a different position will lessen the effect on your arms.

I use gel grips, ProGrip 737 they are slightly larger diameter than the OEMs. They might kill some of the vibes. I have aluminium hand guards that transfer vibes away from the bars like bar end weights. I'll get a slight buzz in the grips at certain RPMs but nothing annoying.

There are Vibrabators I don't have any experience with them though.

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I found that when I first got the bike I had alot of numbness in the fingers but I learned over time not to grab so tight, allowing my fingers to rest on the levels when on the highway. Even purchased a "cramp buster" from aviciouscycle.ca for ~$10.

Try that before and if it is still a problem, follow the advice from Spec.
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What Spec Said....

I cant tell you why but I can tell you that when I got my bike the bars were stood up pretty tall, setting foward. I pulled them back toward the tank, I dont do much high speed low drag riding you could say. It made a big diff for me. Good leather gloves will also soak up some of the buzzzzzz you might be feeling?
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Thanks for all the replys. The "doo" has been done and I will check the mounts. The end weights are still on the bike. I will also be aware about how tight I am holding on while im riding. Thanks again
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Wal Mart soft bicycle grips here.

$6.99,
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

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LOL, I just re read what Spec wrote and I dont know what you mean by "adjust the doo"
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KaBoom,
The engine balancer system tension-holder bolt.
It compensates for balancer chain stretch.
It's the Archilles' heel we call the doohickey
on the other end of that bolt.

Quite a few discussions on it.

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I will also be aware about how tight I am holding on while im riding. Thanks again
Nothing wrong with trying to reduce vibration, as evidenced by all the products out there designed to do so, but I would think you're on the right track here and would experiment with how (and how tightly) you hold your handlebars/grips and perhaps whether you're having to reach too much to keep your arms relaxed while riding.

moriver brings up a good point. Try rotating the bars back. It's something quick and easy to try. I never had any issues with my hands or arms, but found rotating my bars back and down did make it much more comfortable to ride and now I'm considering some 1" handlebar risers. Is it pathetic to be too lazy to even reach out for your handlebars? I'm hoping it will help with shoulder tightness/knots I get on longer rides. You are not alone. Good luck with solving this problem.




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I know the "doohickey" has been changed out but not sure about what that has to do with vibration. Not very swift when it comes to this stuff I guess.
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