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post #1 of 22 Old 08-26-2012, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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I was on a roll.........

With just over 1500 miles on my 2012 650adv and loving it, I thought it was time to start adding a few new items.

Added Richland Rick's fork brace -wow what a difference. Much more solid and handles great.

Added Rick's mirror extenders - opened up a whole new view, particularly over my right shoulder. Even the buffeting was much improved.

Lowered the foot pegs using Rick's lowering kit and what a difference the increased blood flow makes in my 53 year old legs.

I was on a roll until......I added the factory knuckle guards. The new vibration in my hands was only bearable for about 30 minutes before I had to stop. Unless Rick makes knuckle guards, these things are coming off. Anyone else experience this and if so, were you able to solve?

Thanks in advance for your help,
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-26-2012, 11:17 PM
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You mean the hand guards similar to what comes standard on the Vee? I have not experienced nor heard of any vibration issue. In fact I would not be without them in winter.

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post #3 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hey MMM, I believe they are the same guards that come standard on the Vee. Like you, I haven't heard of any issues with them previously. Not too much to screw-up on the install but I did confirm they are installed correctly.
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post #4 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 12:31 AM
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I installed Barkbusters "Storm" handguards on my Glee. No discernable vibrations to me. Great quality, got mine from Twisted Throttle. Have them on my Versys too.


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post #5 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 11:57 AM
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I feel your pain

I added the factory hand guards to my wife's Adventure this weekend and after a short ride she asked me to remove them as she can't take the new vibration. When installing the hand guards you remove the primary and largest rubber isolator to make room for the steel hand guard spacer/attachment collar which must reduce the effectiveness of the bar end weights.
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post #6 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 12:59 PM
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Mine were installed by dealer as part of the CAnadian exp model. No vibration for me and these are great, ESP in cooler weather.

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post #7 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 09:14 PM
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I have the Suzuki handguards, the same ones that are on the adventure model. I had the shop install them and there is '0' vibration. There must be something wrong with your install otherwise they would ALL be vibrating. I love mine and wouldnt be without them!
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post #8 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 09:28 PM
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put mine on myself, following the somewhat confusing factory instructions...no vibes

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post #9 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 09:32 PM
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When installing the hand guards, you don't use the steel spacer. Only the rubber stub is used. The replacement screw is shorter than the original one for a reason.

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post #10 of 22 Old 08-27-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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I'll try it again

The instructions are pretty poor but despite this I believe I did install correctly, including using the shorter screw. I will remove and reinstall and hope for a better result.

Thanks for the input and I will advise how things turn out.

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