Thumper Vibes - HDB Anti-Vibe Threaded Inserts

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Rapid Dog, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ....being a (ugh) senior rider, my hands are starting to act up lately, especially since installing the Athena 290 kit.
    More vibes = more numbness in the metacarpels and thumbs. Sucks.
    Like my mother-in-law says, "Old age ain't for sissies!"

    So, pre-Athena I'd installed FLEXX bars more for impact than vibration.
    I suspect they mitigate some vibration by design.

    That said, this weekend I installed a set of my fav Pro Grip 719 RVGS Open End Gel Grips.
    Paul at HDB sent me a set of his HDB Anti-Vibe Threaded Inserts to test.

    I'm happy to say that between the two (grips/inserts) the handlebar vibe is down to near nil as far as riding a high revving WR250R goes, probably actually less than when the bike was stock.

    For an old dog like me, this is a biggie! :thumb:
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  2. crazybrit

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    Interesting. This said, the WR250 has to be one of the smoothest thumpers ever.

    I agree on the Flexx Bars; being better at damping impact than reducing felt vibration through the bars.

    I have to wonder how well the HDB anti-vibe inserts would work on a bike that vibrates more. I installed the Flexx anti-vibe inserts (look to be slightly more mass than the HDBs) on an old LC4 and I didn't think they had *any* effect. Far more mass (large bar end weight) was needed to make even the slightly reduction in the vibration felt through the bars.
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  3. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Yes the Fasst Co anti vibe inserts are $60 fishing weights. A complete waste of money!!
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  4. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...ya need to know that my WR had the Athena 290 kit, raised the vibes considerably.
    I had the FLEXX, cushy grips, and the inserts, so it's a combo of help for my aging hands.
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