Originally Posted by Randy
Yep. I always believed it too, until I actually rode one. I prefer to think of it as a "throb". It's not objectionable at all. After riding other bikes that had no character I actually enjoy an engine that feels "alive".
Now, on the other hand, if you want to feel a bike that VIBRATES, you should take a spin on my KTM LC4!
One of the things I liked about the XR1200 the first time I rode it was the way the engine flopped around at idle but smoothed out when you start moving. That, plus the sound and the torque, reminded me of my old Norton Commando, which also had a rubber-mounted engine.
Low-frequency vibration doesn't bother me; my second bike was a BSA single, and my third a Ducati single. If you don't keep a death-grip on the bars, your hands won't start to tingle, and good old Loctite keeps the parts from falling off.