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Old 09-07-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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Do large singles get smoother after break-in?

So I have a G650GS in the break-in stage (i. e. very low mileage) and it seems pretty vibey at this point. It's my first big thumper. I realize from various discussions that vibey is the nature of thumpers, and I'm fine with that, but I am wondering if I should expect any change in engine characteristics after break-in and as the engine gets a few thousand miles on it. Is it likely to get smoother or stay the same?


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Old 09-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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They don't call them "Thumpers" for nothing! I doubt it will get much smoother, but it will have much better power in the dirt than any multi!
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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Yeah, they vibrate. You'll get used to it. Depending on how bad it is gearing helps, but the farther you go the worse off you are off-road.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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Your hands will go numb after a few miles anyways...
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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You can expect it to be that way. It won't change; your perception of it may.

Find a nice set of gloves. Some are better than others. To my surprise I went into the HD shop years ago because I figured they'd have to have something for those Sportsters. I picked up a set of nice non-insulated leather gloves with gel inserts. They told me to try them out and if I didn't like them, they'd refund my money. I've worn them for quite a few years now and they keep the numbness away for about 45 minutes to an hour at highway speeds. I have one other set of MX type mesh gloves that work well also, but I've taken a number of pairs back because they quickly allow my hands to numb.

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