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post #1 of 24 Old 04-27-2014, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Barkbuster Hand Guards cause Handlebars Buzz

I have a 2013 Glee Adventure and just installed Barkbuster Hand Guards model BB.BHG46.3.SBK. They went on easily and provide good wind protection, but I immediately noticed a buzz in the handlebars that after an hour ride caused my hands to go numb. I am guessing this is caused since the Barkbuster system and weights are solidly mounted inside and outside of the handlebars. Suzuki's bar end use a rubber mount inside the handlebars and the weights are slightly heavier.

Have others noticed this problem after mounting Barkbuster Hand Guards?

How did you solve this problem?

I see that Bark Buster has an optional weight, part B66, that can be added, but I think the solution is to get back to the rubber mounted stock design. Suzuki used this system for a reason. I plan to figure out a way to use the stock rubber mounting system with my new hand guards and see if that helps.
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post #2 of 24 Old 04-28-2014, 08:36 AM
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I've got barkbusters on my 2009 wee and haven't experienced any vibes at all.....
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Ditto to PK2.
No vibes ~ or at least nothing different before/after fitting.

But it's not a Glee. Are the handlebars the same on the new model?
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You get used to it....because your riding a motorcycle.....and they vibrate.....

Any time you add things like that you are changing the aerodynamics of the bike and that will cause things to move differently or vibrate. I don't have a pair on mine but my dad's strom has a pair and I couldn't tell a difference in vibration between the two...but I also came from an old Harley so a strom vibrating at its worse is still smoother than anything I'm used to.

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Even a slight difference in bar end weights will change the vibration you feel in your hands. I would try the heaver weights. Aerodynamics will come into play as well. The cause is not solid mount vs. rubber mount. I have Throttlemeister bar ends that are made of stainless steel and solidly mounted to the bar. NO vibration, but they are heavier than stock.

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12 DL650 with VPS Barkbusters using the BB end weights. I did not see a way to use the stock bar end weights with this design unless you bend out the bracket and use the longest bolts. BTW no vibration but I also wrapped under my grips with rubber tape to push heat toward the grips for the hand warmers. BTW no vibration noted.

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I have a 2013 DL650A (mine's not an Adventure) and installed the Barkbusters Storm handguards BB.BHG46.3.SBK. I'm not having any vibration issues like you've described. I ride for hours at a time.

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Thanks for all of the feedback. It does not appear others are having vibration issues. The other variable that could be part of the problem is I installed GenMar Bar Backs at the same time. I may remove them to see if the vibration is reduced.

Did everyone install their BB like shown in the picture above?

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Did everyone install their BB like shown in the picture above?
Yes, I did.

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I mounted ProTaper aluminum fat bars on my Wee which are thicker gauge than standard 7/8" steel handlebars. Therefore the bar ends for my stock hand guards would not fit. I fixed it by removing the stock rubber doo-dads that go inside the bar ends, and replacing them with a small diameter flat washer and a 2" length of rubber fuel line. When the screw is tightened it compresses the fuel line and the bar ends say in place. You have to apply downward pressure to the bolt when you first start to tighten to keep it from spinning inside the bar, but it catches quickly and tightens down securely........ You might try it and see if it helps...

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