Bar weight myth

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Colorado_Rider, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. royal

    royal Been here awhile

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    Had a 2010 Concours C-14. Nice bike but holding onto the grips was like holding onto a bag of bees.

    Took it in twice to make sure all was sync'd properly (It was). Tried it without bar weights and with extra heavy bar weights. No real difference.

    Bottom line, inline 4's create high frequency vibes. And it drove me nuts. So much so I sold the bike and swore off inline 4's.

    Bought a 2012 Harley Electra Glide. Everyone and their mother will tell you how much these bikes vibrate. BUT......it is low frequency vibes. And therein lies the big difference. High frequency vibes...BAD. Low frequency vibes...almost pleasant. And Harley touring bikes have no bar weights.

    From here on out, it's only twins, and V-4s for me. I can't risk another expensive mistake with an inline 4. I have to admit that I haven't tried a triple yet. Anyone want to chime in on those ?
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  2. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Which one stirred the martinis best in the cup holders? :lol3
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  3. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    And yet other inline fours are smooth as a baby's ass.
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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    Triples are very smooth and make the best noises!
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  5. MotoMind

    MotoMind Long timer

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    1LB bar end weights just plain work. I've used them on a long series of V-twins and singles, and they all benefit immensely.

    http://www.manicsalamander.com/
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  6. pipedoctor

    pipedoctor Adventurer

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    Your bars are hollow so inside the bars run a large piece of surgical tubing filled with lead BB's from end to end.
    The tubing laying inside the bar will help damnpen the vibs
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