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Old 03-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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anyone heard of a Vstrom DL650 having handle bar vibrations?

Hi All

I did own a wee strom for 5 years and although the stock grips are uncomfortable (remedied by Grip Puppies) I had no vibration or very little compared to my Yamaha TT600.

Now I have a chance to buy one in the States but the guy says he suffers from vibrations of the handle bars........ Should I be worried by this ??

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Old 03-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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I've seen a few people complain. I've had three and I don't understand it. Maybe it's an extension of some crash bar harmonic vibrations but I've never had a hint of a problem. I do replace my grips with larger diameter HotGrips though.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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Thanks Pat,

I have never heard of it and as I am coming over and buying the bike for a 12 month tour of the States, I was slightly wary......maybe its something I can sort out when I get there

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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Crash bars...

...can make for grip vibes.

Every bike is different, and most V-Strommers mod their bikes and all the different bars and pegs and such can produce varying degrees of added vibes.

I found that just tightening the bolts that attach highway pegs to my Pat Walsh crash bars eliminated some extra vibes that they imparted to the bike.

The stock V-Strom is pretty darn smooth.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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I am new to the VStrom game, I noticed a slight resonance from 4800-5100 rpms. Nothing like some of the Thumpers I have had. I added TourTech hand guards that remove the bar weights. But I added grip puppies and I really don't see much of a difference.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:37 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for all the replies.

Im still going ahead with the purchase, I will double check the crash bars when I get it

Its got to be better than the TT600 that I went round the world on in 2012 !! now that vibrated

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #7
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I have the Givi crash bars. They are like tunning forks. I don't feel it in the bars, but elsewhere. I have found that I can loosen them and retorque them, and change the harmonics. So stand to reason that at some point I would feel them through the bars. I can look down at the crash bars, at certain RPMs and they are just a blur of vibs.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #8
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Some minor vibration

only after installing the oem crash bars , nothing to serious , vibrates a bit around 4500rpms, I have the 2012 wee.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:07 PM   #9
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My 1k always vibrated and shook its head around with Tourances. Switched to Anakees, problem mostly solved. It would get a little buzzy if i cruised at over 5k rpm. Nothing major. Aluminum bars and fat grand touring grips kept me comfy.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:10 PM   #10
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Thanks all

If I think back my 05 wee would buzz a little but nothing serious !

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Old 03-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #11
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All my experience is with the vee, but balancing the cylinders made a world of difference in smoothness. My crash bars vibrate a little - can only tell when I touch them. There's a small bar that fits inside the crash bar to connect the left/right sides. Some thing it is/was a problem so I put some gasket maker on the bar. Not sure if it did anything, but I had some extra sitting around.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #12
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When I start to think my wee strom vibrates too much I break out my 1978 Yamaha. It puts everything back in perspective.
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