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Old 06-14-2006, 03:23 AM   #46
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Wicked

...i had a 95 , a 97 and now a 99 lc4 and they all vibrate the same...

I dont feel any difference...

if the xr 650 WOULD have e-start and 2 person pegs....
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Old 06-14-2006, 08:11 AM   #47
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I just don't understand all the concern and consternation about the vibes on the 640.

This past February I bought an '03 640 Adventure and rode it home from San Antonio Texas to Park City Utah over three days. The trip was about 1,400 miles. On the plane trip to Texas I was wondering what I'd gotten myself into after reading all of the vibration threads in the Thumper forum.

After the first 200 miles, my hands got a little tingly at times, but I just relaxed my grip a little and that became a non-issue. The stock seat certainly wasn't very comfortable for my 42 year old butt, but it wasn't so bad that it detracted from the ride at all. I had a blast!!

Does the 640 vibrate? Sure, BUT IT'S A SINGLE CYLINDER THUMPER dirtbike for crissakes. Of course it isn't as smooth as a boxer engine. But, at least to me, it doesn't make the bike any less enjoyable to ride even on a long highway trip. Frankly, I like the 'mechanical' feel of it. The 640 probably wouldn't be my first choice for a cross country trip if I had an RT in the garage, but I also wouldn't hesitate to put serious daily mileage on it.

I don't mean to rant, but all the hand wringing over a little vibration on what is really a dirt bike gets tiresome. If you want smooth, buy a twin.
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Old 06-14-2006, 09:53 AM   #48
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Just say YES to vibes
Good rant KenR.

And just in case it hasn't been linked yet, let's tie some rants together:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131792

It's time to put this baby to bed.
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Old 08-04-2006, 10:55 PM   #49
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Gel gloves

I have found that I really like the Olympia gel insert gloves for summer time riding.
Nice and ventalated, and the gel pads on the palms help to calm down the bar vibes that make your hands go numb after a few hours of riding. (feels like I could ride all day with these on.)

I also have a "gel" comfort seat adapted by the prior owner to my 620 RXC.

I think it's very comfortable compared to my brothers Suzuki DRZ400SM seat. (That bike is smooth as can be, but it has a seat that will bust your balls in a hurry.)
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