anyone heard of a Vstrom DL650 having handle bar vibrations?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by geordie_e, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. geordie_e

    geordie_e Adventurer

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    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 ??

    Thanks in advance
    Will aka Geordie
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  2. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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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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  3. geordie_e

    geordie_e Adventurer

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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 :clap

    Cheers
    Will aka Geordie
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  4. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ...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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  5. ArizonaMike

    ArizonaMike n00b

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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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  6. geordie_e

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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 :cry

    Cheers
    Will aka Geordie
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  7. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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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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  8. Borytop

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    only after installing the oem crash bars , nothing to serious , vibrates a bit around 4500rpms, I have the 2012 wee.
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  9. precarious

    precarious Been here awhile

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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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  10. geordie_e

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    Thanks all

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

    cheers
    Will aka Geordie
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  11. Falconx84

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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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  12. jms78

    jms78 Been here awhile

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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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  13. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    +1 on the Throttle Body Sync.
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