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post #1 of 31 Old 05-10-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need help with Vibration on 2011.

I have read numerous posts but still have a few questions I am seeking answers for.

Does 16T sprocket help with foot peg vibrations for long distance rides?

Just ordered a Seat concepts complete. Does anyone have this seat if so how much does it help with vibes if at all?

Only have a little over 1100 miles on 2011. Has anyone found isolation mounts to reduce vibes?

I am aware of the 685 kit, grips, and engine bolt torque checks. But if anyone has some other fix would be interested to hear about it.

my vibration seem to get worse the further back you get. My daughter was riding pillion and was numb after about 60Miles.


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post #2 of 31 Old 05-10-2013, 01:06 PM
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The vibration is probably coming more from the knobby tires than anything.
You could go to a more street tire. More beans and tators might fix your daughter, or just give her a few more years.
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post #3 of 31 Old 05-10-2013, 01:07 PM
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That doesn't sound right. What bikes have you ridden to compare it to? My KLR is pretty smooth for a thumper. Some vibes are normal. I'd find another KLR'r and swap bikes and see if what you are feeling is normal or not.
The 16t or SC won't change the vibes any, although I do like my 16t and SC seat.

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post #4 of 31 Old 05-10-2013, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ill definitely try the taters, beans might be asking for trouble. She is awful light. Dont think its the tires though. Seems to be from engine and gets worse as it radiates out. Might be normal. This is my first thumper had twins and fours prior to this. Will try to find someone to swap bikes to check.

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post #5 of 31 Old 05-10-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Robert at SC has been amazing with answering the questions I had on the seat I ordered.
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post #6 of 31 Old 05-13-2013, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of having the 685 kit with 705 sleeve done to help with vibes. I have read some about M-tec. Anyone one have any good experiences with other companies. Closer to Louisiana would be nice.
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post #7 of 31 Old 05-13-2013, 11:49 AM
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meh, some call it vibration some call it rock and roll, only time it ever bothered me was on the highway for many hours i would get vibration in the handlebars which would make my pinky fingers go numb, thicker grips fixed that

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post #8 of 31 Old 05-13-2013, 11:57 AM
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Try to compare it with another KLR. You can feel the engine running for sure but it shouldn't be numbing.

Check all your engine mount bolts and make sure they're tight.
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post #9 of 31 Old 05-13-2013, 01:57 PM
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The 685 will reduce the vibes substancially, but, how low do you let the rpms go down to? Are you lugging the engine? Just thinking outloud. There are three engine mount locations, front top and one long bolt in the rear that is easy to miss. They all need to be tight! The stock seat will cripple you or at least it did daughter 115lbs says the stock seat wasn't great for her also, but after making a Corbin copy of their flat seat it is perfect. If you are getting vibes up the bars you can get ROX rizors with vibe cancelling mounts, expensive but cheaper than a 685 kit. The bike shouldn't vibrate as much as you are complaining about imho. I have a friend who said the same thing and after he tried my bike with the 685 he got me to install one asap into his and he is happy now.
As for M-Tech.....your call, not mine...I'd look for a shop local to you who does large singles or large twins....or someone like me who will do the work for you at a lower than shop rate in their garage.
I know of Wyman over at .net....he does exchange units but you have to do the work same as Eagle Mike. Mike would be my choice over Wyman personally.....I wouldn't get talked into anything but the 685 kit either. It is bulletproof.
Just a thought, how is your carb set up? Is it running perfectly and not stumbling? Have you done the carb mods? KLX needle, setting the pilot screw out to 2 1/4 turns out from seated? Maybe it's starving for fuel?
It's a wise move to get the 705 sleeve when you do install the larger piston imho, many may say it's overkill....but to each their own. I did it and had zero issues with my 685 until I screwed up and didn't clean the aircleaner and sand got past it and scored my bore. A bad day. How clean is your aircleaner and which is it? UNI is the one of choice of course properly oiled. What is the plug looking like, colour and gap wise?
I'm sure most of these are redundant questions but you should rule them out before spending on the 685 because if it is one of these then the 685 won't fix your issue.
Hope this helps.....

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post #10 of 31 Old 05-13-2013, 03:26 PM
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I had the SC saddle on my R1150GS and wasn't happy with it after super long rides. I swapped it out for a Corbin.

But again, it doesn't sound like the vibration has anything to do with the seat (or sprocket). I would look at the tires as the culplrit.
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