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Old 05-01-2006, 07:44 AM   #1
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Wink LC8 Adventure vibration...review

Help please. My bike has covered about 2500miles now. I used to class the vibration from about 5k rpm as characterful. It is now becoming harsh and annoying. Does the vibration get worse as the engine loosens up? Any suggestions or should I head for the dealers workshop?

I should have checked the history on this issue before...sorry. It is interesting how many people have had exactly the same experience of the bike apparently getting worse but thinking they are paranoid!! That is exactly what happened to me. Carbs out of sinc would appear to be the favourite.

The other point I have picked up is lack of confidence in UK dealers.

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Old 05-01-2006, 09:22 AM   #2
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Help please. My bike has covered about 2500miles now. I used to class the vibration from about 5k rpm as characterful. It is now becoming harsh and annoying. Does the vibration get worse as the engine loosens up? Any suggestions or should I head for the dealers workshop?
In my experience the engine smooths out a lot around 4k miles, and then some more around 7k. Could be tight valves. Could be out-of-synch carbs. Could just be the fact that vibration increases as the fuel tanks empty.
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Old 05-01-2006, 10:37 AM   #3
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I tried some FASST brass bar inserts that I bought for my Yamaha supermoto. They definitely helped reduce the bar vibes on the 950, although they didn't get rid of them completely.

I agree with JSrider. Things seem to smooth out the more you ride it and when the bike is sorted after a servicing. Or maybe I've just gotten used to the vibes. They only bother me after a really long day in the saddle, and even then it's not that big of a deal anymore.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:42 PM   #4
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Incorrect chain tension could be another cause.

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Old 05-02-2006, 09:43 PM   #5
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Lots of vibes when gas tanks are low. I found that the dealer over tighten the fasteners for the tanks so they did not float on the bushings.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:34 PM   #6
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My bike used to vibrate also(not a lot) but........

after checking the carbs and adjusting the mixturescrews the vibration is almost gone



so synchronisation and mixture adjusting helps a lot!
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Old 05-03-2006, 01:14 AM   #7
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chain tension for me too...

(the manual warns about a too tight chain, so be careful) i can tell when mine is loose by excessive vibration. 10,000 miles on the original chain, and length is still in specs, but i have tightened it 2 or 3 times.
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Old 05-03-2006, 10:24 AM   #8
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Thanks for help so far. Off to the dealer

I spoke to Redline. They are going to have a look on monday. Will post the outcome.
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Old 05-03-2006, 10:43 AM   #9
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2500 Miles, Check the motor mounts. Dont let the dealer dive into the worst case senerio first. These things are usually easy fixes.
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:57 AM   #10
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I used to class the vibration from about 5k rpm as characterful. It is now becoming harsh and annoying.
Forget what the manual says and dealer tells you. Sync the carbs at 5000RPM to eliminate the vibration / harshness.
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Old 05-03-2006, 05:27 PM   #11
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How do you sync the carbs? The manual gives you a poor description and no pictures.

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