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post #1 of 23 Old 12-03-2013, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Vibranators

I know they have been discussed before, or at least spoken well of, but I do have one question, as it looks like this may be the solution to the vibration in the handlebars of my Wee. Question is this: Given that they are about $109.00 plus shipping, are they effective enough to be worth the money spent. I'd hate to spend that much and find out it was a waste. But I'm tires of my fingers going numb after a relatively short time of riding. Thanks for any input to help guide my prospective investment.

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-03-2013, 06:02 AM
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... I'm tired of my fingers going numb after a relatively short time of riding.
Newbie here, so forgive anything that is common knowledge, but - have you tried fitting the well-known GRIP-PUPPIES to the handgrips. They have a good reputation for resolving the sort of issue you mention at about $20 or so a pair.

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I put vibranators on my KLR. My hands still went numb on long rides.
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A $3 tube of silicone caulking compound pumped into your bars will work just as well, or better than $109 Vibranators. I also have Grip Puppies.
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I bought the Vibranators for my 2013 650 as a precaution. I have hand issues related to being a woodworker for 40 years. I also have the grip puppies. I do think that they do something. There is no one thing that will solve all problems. Posture is also an issue for numb hands. We tend to slouch from time to time as we ride, or I do anyway. Sitting straight up and dropping your shoulders will relax the muscles on the top of your shoulders and let the blood flow back into your hands. Try it, it works and is almost instantaneous . This advice was given to me by a physical therapist.
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I've got Grip Puppies on already, and only my right hand fingers get tingly. The silicone sealer idea sounds good. I also filled the handlebars with BB's, but the vibration dampening is negligible.

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The biggest things involve keeping a light grip and possible crash bar amplification of the vibration. If the vibration is worst at about 4700rpm, work on the crash bars. The connection between the two sides is the usual suspect.

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I tend to grip the throttle too tightly and get numb or tingly as a result. I've found that if I set my Kaoko to give just a little resistance to the throttle, my subconscious mind doesn't try to do battle with the throttle/throttle spring. End result is lighter grip and no tingling.
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A bigger diameter after market grip is also conducive to a lighter hold and easier throttle movement due to the mechanical advantage provided. It doesn't hurt if it is soft too. I use HotGrips with large Grab-On grip covers.


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They work for me

I have a new 2012 Vee and the vibration was pretty bad - enough to have numb fingers and thumb in under 15 minutes of riding.

After about 500 miles I fitted vibronators, without making any of the other recommended changes to the grips, I would say the vibration feels like it has been reduced by about 80% - certainly enough to ride without the numbness issue. I consider mine were well worth the money.

I did consider a bar snake and thicker grips but I don't really feel the need now.

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