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Old 03-19-2007, 02:51 AM   #11
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Default Re: Handlebar Vibration Issues

Just a thought...there's a difference between wind buffeting and actual motorcycle vibration. If you are sure that the bike itself is shaking, and it always has done, and the windshield makes it worse, then check that the steering head bearings are properly adjusted. Get someone who knows what they are doing to check them for you - and the wheel bearings, too. Basically, if you can get the bike on a lift or on blocks so that its front end is clear of the ground, and you can feel actual movement if you grab the front wheel and push and pull the whole assembly backwards and forwards, then that's your problem. Fitting a windshield will provide a larger reciprocating mass on the other side of the fulcrum, thus making the problem worse. To buy a brand new bike with incorrectly adjusted bearings is not at all unknown...
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:59 AM   #12
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Ditto on the head bearings. Does the bike tend to 'flop' into turns at lower speeds? It's another loose head bearing indicator. Your's wouldn't be the first to be loose from the dealer.



Speaking of which, if a dealer EVER told me it was in my head, I'd write them up with the Suzuki regional office and find another dealer! Not even a look see or test ride? So much for customer service.



Another thing to check is if the windshield is mounted correctly. If it's off-center the wind will push the shield, and therefore bars, to one side. The shakes could be you trying to compensate for this push.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:02 AM   #13
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+1. Every single new bike I've had (all 2 of them) the steering head bearings were not properly adjusted. I don't know why dealers have such trouble with this, but I'll bet it's the source of your problem.
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:33 PM   #14
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There's a product called Bar Snake which adds damping mass to the handlebars. They're pretty effective. You can also try different weight bar ends. Try heavier ones to see if they help.



Bar Snake is better.



Back in the old days we'd pack the handlebars with lead shot and modeling clay and then plug the ends.
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Old 03-19-2007, 05:46 PM   #15
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It's the banana seat. Not worth a hoot over 45 mph.
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