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post #1 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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looking for suggestions to try and reduce buzz at high speeds in the bar..

I ride my bike nearly 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, mostly at high speeds on the interstate.

the buzz in the bars is causing nerve irritation/damage noticed now on the ulnar nerve but i wouldnt be surprised if it's going to lead to carpal as well. i feel it in my feet as well since putting on sw-mototech pegs which are wider but have harder rubber. they gave me a 1" of much needed legroom though...i'm aware of ricks and may switch to them but the feet arent nearly as bad as the bar.

i've tried about everything to reduce it. it's mostly on the long straight shots going 80mph. if i go any faster than that the vibration is brutal. mirrors shaking, etc.

btw, i mean a true 80mph not what the vstrom speedo says.

I'm giving it one last shot before I buy a different bike, probably a versys 1000 lt. I'll try pretty much anything even if it costs a pretty penny since buying a new bike wont be cheap and the train alternative is far more expensive and time consuming.

first, it's not because i'm gripping too hard.

i've tried gel gloves by olympia which are slightly better but they are not very good quality and i dont feel they will do much in a crash. i've also tried a different brand i found online...same deal. not good quality. right now i have BMW double RR and they have some memory type foam on the palm side but it's not as effective as the gel gloves...better than nothing though and super tough gloves.

i have foam over grips, rox anti-vibe riser.

part of the problem i think is the oxford heated grips, but cant be for certain since i had them installed immediately when i bought the bike. i think they may vibrate more than if i got a nice gel grip or something thick and rubbery. they seem like a major PITA to remove though and i'd like to not do this unless absolutely certain. i have heated gloves which i prefer but the grips are nice on the transitional days...

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 11:44 AM
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Do you have crash/accessory bars or engine guards? Some brands pick up the vibrations and amplify them.

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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No, I do not. I do have barkbuster storm handguards. I did have suzuki OEM guards but they both eventually broke. I feel the barkbusters possibly added vibes as well, but cant be for certain. I also have the additional bar weight attached to the outer portion of the barkbuster.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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I tried vibranators. They didn't do a thing. snake oil....

i even tried putting a vibranator on one side and the stock weight on the other. while it did feel different at different rpms the net result was same thing.

i still have them kicking around somewhere...should probably attempt to return them.

i had read about bar snake last fall but i thought they had quit making them. it appears you can buy them again so perhaps i'll give them a go. not a very expensive experiment!

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 03:14 PM
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Filled my bars with lead shot and that worked pretty well. There are still some vibes but it doesn't put my hands to sleep.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 04:04 PM
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Have you considered raising the gearing?
Might be just enough to get engine out of the buzzy zone @ 80 mph or slow down.
Mine feels horrible above 70 mph so I cruise at 60 mph.
If you want to ride fast, buy a fast bike.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-24-2015, 08:29 PM
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I have the same issues....
Removed the crash bars (Givi & then AltRider) and got the BAD stuff gone.
Went w/ the Rox risers, Tusk 7/8" aluminum bars (same bend as the Pro Taper Hi ATV's), BarkBuster's w/ end weights, S/V Racing's peg lowering plates, and +1 tooth on the countershaft sprocket.
Tolerable up to 80 now but... still there.
My Trusted Suzuki tech said motor mount issue (I agree) He has run into this issue before on these bikes. "They are smooth as silk when they are set up correctly".
So I Just ordered the special Suzuki motor mount socket and when it comes in, intend to check issues with that & the thru bolts (again).
He's going to try to do a warranty claim on the bike for it.
I will get back with the results...

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post #9 of 16 Old 06-25-2015, 02:31 AM
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I put on an Adventure Tech fork brace and no handle vibrations at all . I have Sw-Motech crashbars that vibrated badly then put some rubber in the middle where they join . That fixed most of it now the fork brace has fixed what was left.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-25-2015, 11:23 AM
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SW Motech Crash Bars and Dan's Highway pegs. I get the vibes on pegs and grips at 5k RPM -200 or +400 rpm its gone. I avoid highways, personal preference, I think the Strom is more of a back roads, scenic, lower than 100km/60MPH road kinda bike for the most part but can pull duty on the highway for long week trips if needed. 4-5 hours on the highway every day, to me is a different kind of bike. Better wind protection for that length of time as well.

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