XT1200 vibes?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Red Dust, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Finally I put down a deposit on a 2nd hand XT1200 2010 model with 6500 km`s on the clock (4060 miles).
    Been lurking to get one even before they were released and it took me awhile.
    Many bikes I got problem not being smooth which means uncomfortable feeling in my hands even long time after the ride. Maybe the bike is to "new" and will get smoother after some time. Will put foam grips on.
    It does have Pro Taper bars which might not be the best.
    Heard about some kind of system that got rubber mounted handlebars, could be something?
    Otherwise the XT1200 is an awesome bike and pretty sure it will easily replace my DL650. It also been approved by my ms which means a lot!
    Was thinking about the new KTM1190 but could not justify more than double the price and go bush with a $25000 bike does not really go well in my book.
    Some issues I should look at when purchasing a 2nd hand XT1200?
    I`m quite excited to have this bike in my stable and keep the others company. It does come with Yamaha crash bars, sump guard and panniers/box all for under 1/2 price compared to the KTM1190, of course no warranty but that is the risk you take I guess.
    Yamaha does have a good reliability history though so it all should be ok.
    You will hear from me more in a near future!
    Cheers.
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  2. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    Vibes.............. Try a XT660R....
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  3. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    No thanks!
    Just have to accept that we all getting older at least body wise.
    Can not wait until I pick her up and take her in the bush.
    Believe we will have a great time together.
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    Blue Mule Persistent Slacker

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    s-flow n00b

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  7. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Also heard about precision handlebar mounts.
    Will start with foam grip and take it from there, might get used to the vibes on this excellent machine.
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  8. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole Been here awhile

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    the pro taper will be a much better bar, than the stock.
    I run bmw grips on mine (the old school ones, fat on one end, and thinner on the other) with rox 1.75" risers (non dampened)

    no complaints, just came back from a 3000km spin around California. No issues.

    enjoy the bike


    oh yeah, trip write up here: http://thetenerist.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/california-2013/
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  9. NomorBills

    NomorBills WesternExplorer

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    Does it vibe enough to shake the mirrows? Mine has minimal feel of vibes in the bars.
    Maybe there is something wrong. Try another ST if you can.

    This engine has two counter balance shafts and if it is off that my be your problem.

    The bars should not be buzzy.
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  10. NonDairyCreamer

    NonDairyCreamer incomprehensible

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    You mentioned going bush and your XT has the Yammy sump guard? :lol3 Get a Rumbux or RideOnADV to keep the oil inside the motor. I mention those two in particular because those are the only ones I'm aware of that mount to the frame without any motor contact, essential for proper protection.

    As for vibration you should spend a bit of time here: http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/ THE BEST resource on the web.

    And there are two huge threads in Beasts that cover the XT with many experienced owners willing to help. I think it has been mentioned the bike gets smoother in the 6000 mile range. Be sure proper tuning has been done to put aside out of balance fueling. I don't know if this has been mentioned or would be a problem for the XT but there are instances of vibration caused by improperly torqued motor mounts. Just a thought if no other solution is found.

    Be sure to check your spokes although those should have bedded in long ago but worth the time. Other than the sump guard and maybe some protection for the fork seals to give them longer life I can't think of any reliability problems with the XT12Z.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=545850


    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=592384
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  11. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Got my eyes on the ACD sump guard from Spain, looks good and tough!

    I`m sure the vibe problems will disappear/become less the more I ride this amazing machine.

    Need to find out how to put heavier bar end weights than the stock ones.
    Put it on a couple of other bikes which did help to some degree.

    Cheers!
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  12. NonDairyCreamer

    NonDairyCreamer incomprehensible

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    oops, I forgot about the ACD. Tested and proven by Juamev. It looks the best too.
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  13. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    What vibes?
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  14. Whorepedo

    Whorepedo Been here awhile

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    Thats exactly what I was gonna say.

    After I take a ride on my 660 and my ST feels like a Cadillac. I had a 1200GS and 950ADV prior to owning my ST and the ST is no worse/better than either of those.
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  15. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    Mate I am at Clayfield.. PM me and we'll go for a coffee and I would be happy to give you some tips based on my 7K with the Super 10!

    M
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