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Old 10-16-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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Do certain grips really reduce vibrations?

I've tried all kind and seems like if your engine like to buzz there may be some things you can do but grips never seem to do much. Have I not tried enough, or is there a placebo effect going on?
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:44 AM   #2
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
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I've tried all kind and seems like if your engine like to buzz there may be some things you can do but grips never seem to do much. Have I not tried enough, or is there a placebo effect going on?
I thought it when I first had carpal tunnel. Traded bikes. Don't know, but be sure to look at ALL the possibilities.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:05 AM   #4
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I put grip puppies on both my bikes and I feel they helped quiet a bit didn't eliminate vibration but reduced it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:13 AM   #5
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Grips can help a little but bar end weights can make a bigger difference.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:16 AM   #6
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I put foam grips on my SR400 along with bar end weights and its VERY smooth for an unbalanced single.
The bars are rubber mounted to start with, like some old Triumphs were, and I do not know why more bikes do not isolate the bars...easy and cheap to do...
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:04 AM   #7
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I used fat grand touring grips for years. Never had any vibration issues, but it wasn't an especially buzzy bike. Have you tried putting bee-bees in the bars? I've had success with that, too.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:03 PM   #8
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Manic Salamander bar-end-weights.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:10 PM   #9
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+1 for Bar end weights. a little goes a long way
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:11 PM   #10
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May be a case of not trying the right ones or the right type. Generically, I've found the various dirt bike grips to all feel about the same. Similar, street bike grips. Even the foamy type.

But, there have been a few that were indeed different. I've a set of very thick leather wrapped grips on one bike that do indeed affect how I grip them, and how I feel vibration through them. I also had a set of gel type grips on another bike that again affected how I grip them, and how I felt vibration through them.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:01 PM   #11
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Vibranators help. They're tuned weights that vibrate out of phase with the engine vibrations yielding a net reduction in vibration.
http://www.vibranator.com/

Bar Snake is a weighted vibration damper.
http://www.barsnake.com/
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Motorcycles vibrate. Loosen your hands and ride.
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Vibranators help. They're tuned weights that vibrate out of phase with the engine vibrations yielding a net reduction in vibration.
http://www.vibranator.com/

Bar Snake is a weighted vibration damper.
http://www.barsnake.com/
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Motorcycles vibrate. Loosen your hands and ride.

Vibrantors work. Period. Ive had them on 2 bikes, and they made a real difference. I went from being able to ride 1/2 hour max, to long 4+ hour trips. I am very susceptible to the effects of handlebar vibes from my long standing injuries in my hands, arms and neck.

As for loosening your grip, its not that easy. vibrations will force your hands to slowly close, as they minutely brace for that impact. You arent controlling it... it just happens. So it isnt as cut and dry as just riding for some people. Before I found my solution (vibrantors, rox risers w/ anti-vib, and grip puppies) a long ride could send my back into spasms, and give me muscle induced migraines. Put me down for days at a time.

Even my new GS gives me issues, and I have to swap my bars in order to get vibranators. Did one long ride this year when I bought it, and that lead to a solid week of vitamin Advil.
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