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post #1 of 11 Old 05-07-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Vibration with Side Luggage Racks?

Has anyone experienced vibration with side luggage racks? I thinking about getting some PMR racks but I had the OEM crash bars but sold them because of the vibration. So I was just wondering if the side luggage racks do the same thing.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-07-2014, 12:37 PM
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I don't notice any with my givi V35's. None with my SW Motech crashbars either.
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Upon purchase last month of my 2015 DL 650 ABS, I installed My H/T racks w/ 7.5" Tetons and so far they vibe & resonate like a kettle drum when empty.
Worst at 65 ~80 mph indicated. I installed the inner L. side tool rack and it was better.
A jacket, rain suit & towel also helps, but it's still there & most annoying.
The Givi crash bars also contribute a tremendous amount to the vibes between 4,700 ~ 5,400 rpms.
I have been trying several alleged fixes for both but not yet to a tolerable level yet.
Suggestions & Comments would be welcome!
I'm quite disappointed as that the base bike is impressively smooth and vibe free.
I might remove both bars & racks and confine the new 650 to local commuter mule and go shopping for a more suitable touring rig this summer.:beatnik:

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Has anyone experienced vibration with side luggage racks? I thinking about getting some PMR racks but I had the OEM crash bars but sold them because of the vibration. So I was just wondering if the side luggage racks do the same thing.
No vibration on my Adv with OEM side racks - nor the OEM crash bars.

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No vibration on my Adv with OEM side racks - nor the OEM crash bars.
+1 no vibes here either
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I have the PMR racks and SW Motech crash bars. Haven't noticed any vibrations. The racks are nice. Well made, fit easily, inexpensive.

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After some trial solutions, I have found that 80% of the vibes are from the Givi bars.
Even wrapping them with water pipe foam insulation only helped a minor bit.
I'm ready to remove & sell them and try something else that will work with my Adventure motostuff skid plate. ( it works very well and is Paid For!!!).
ANY suggestions on a product that Does Not have a rep for vibes out there?....
I would not have bought the Givi's knowing what I do now....
"To soon we are old, Too late we are smart" as Grandpaw used to say....


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Upon purchase last month of my 2015 DL 650 ABS, I installed My H/T racks w/ 7.5" Tetons and so far they vibe & resonate like a kettle drum when empty.
Worst at 65 ~80 mph indicated. I installed the inner L. side tool rack and it was better.
A jacket, rain suit & towel also helps, but it's still there & most annoying.
The Givi crash bars also contribute a tremendous amount to the vibes between 4,700 ~ 5,400 rpms.
I have been trying several alleged fixes for both but not yet to a tolerable level yet.
Suggestions & Comments would be welcome!
I'm quite disappointed as that the base bike is impressively smooth and vibe free.
I might remove both bars & racks and confine the new 650 to local commuter mule and go shopping for a more suitable touring rig this summer.:beatnik:

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There's another thread about the crashbars' vibes somewhere here in the forum, some 20 pages or so. The overall conclusion is that removing the bars is the only effective cure to the vibes.
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fill the crash bars with bb's and spray foam them in their. i know extra weight but cuts the vibes in half.

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