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I just bought in on the HVMP weights because any thing would help. I really want to keep this particular bike and maybe I have extra sissy hands or something, but the vibes are killing me. Sync'd the carbs, adjusted the valves with all the finesse of a heart surgeon, BBBBBBBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. The money I was saving for heated grips went for the weights. I keep telling myself that it doesn't get THAT cold in So. Texas. Something about that windchill factor though.
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I hope you have similar results! Let me know what you think of them...  :)
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They just arrived today, so I'll slap 'em on tonight and let you all know what I find. By the way, the company was impacted by hurricane Sandy and they emailed me to let me know they were literally "under water" and would be a couple of days late in delivering them. I really appreciated the note and wish the company the best.
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There's a get together with members from GA and FL this weekend, so perhaps we can compare if someone has Murph's... I'll try to let you know.
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I put on the HVMP Extra Heavy Bar Ends this morning. The installation is a snap. One thing to note, I thought the instructions said 74 ft. lbs. of torque to install, it says 75 INCH pounds. Oops. I cranked them on without a torque wrench using my Mk I Eyeball and had no problems.

First impressions are that they definitely help at some speeds. But, at some other speeds, I would classify them as helping "a little." I really wished I did some more scientific experimentation, but suffice it to say that I think they were worth the $55. They also look great, but that's not why I bought them.

I ordered Murph's grips last night, and hopefully once installed they will help reduce the vibes even more. Don't get me wrong, I don't have what I call a "vibe problem," but I have noticed them more since I bought the bike 1.5 years ago. Something that a valve adjust and carb sync would probably help. I'll report more after I install the grips.
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I was standing between the C10 and the GL swatting mosquitoes this morning and I noticed the difference between the bar end weights, so...............I pulled the Concs and the Wings just to see if they could be interchanged. With a couple of washers under the Kaws weights it looks like they will bolt up to the GL. Even the trusty Wing has some RPM's that work on my right hand when I am working the throttle. Thank God for cruise control. If the ones I just ordered don't work out on the Conc, then I might put them to use on the Wing. I will definitely use the OEMS from the Kaw on the Wing either way. Some things are just a win-win situation.  Money well spent either way.
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I wish we all lived in the same area so we could compare... I'm glad they helped, but I'm sorry it didn't kill yours completely. :confuse:

They are extremely well made and should provide very good protection in the case someone lays it down.  :-[

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I had thought some one would make a bar end out of "tungsten",nice and heavy dense material or hollow one out and put shot inside. I think the shot idea came from Suzuki back in the 80's on the V- twin 1100. Probably just another DUMB A$$ idea....

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While busy trying to sort out my carb issues the mailman dropped the HVMP bar weights in my box today. I was playing with restricting the air box to compensate for the K&N filter that came with the bike. Turns out that blocking one side of the inlet with foam pipe wrap cleaned up the acceleration issue quite well. When I removed the foam, it returned to its stuttering on the low end and just falling on its face on the big end. Reinstalled the foam and bingo, cleaned up again. BYE-BYE K&N. Now with the bike pulling more cleanly, I installed the new weights. Must say they look stunning, I will also say that they did help reduce some of the vibration. I won't go so far as to say it solved all the problem, but it sure didn't hurt. I have some other performance issues to work through and I firmly believe a coil upgrade is at hand. My caps can be pulled off of the wires without unscrewing them. Worn out, both physically and electrically I believe. Having said that, any improvement in the efficiency of the engine will only serve to improve the feel that is transmitted through the bars. My Genmar's are on the way as well. They can only increase the effect of the bar ends by keeping my upper body out of the push-up position. And I had a 87 GSX-R in my youth, god what was I thinking then?
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Hey DUMB A$$, remember the Bar Snake?
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While busy trying to sort out my carb issues the mailman dropped the HVMP bar weights in my box today. I was playing with restricting the air box to compensate for the K&N filter that came with the bike. Turns out that blocking one side of the inlet with foam pipe wrap cleaned up the acceleration issue quite well. When I removed the foam, it returned to its stuttering on the low end and just falling on its face on the big end. Reinstalled the foam and bingo, cleaned up again. BYE-BYE K&N.
Gee, I think there is someone here who did a whole lot of experiments along this line.  Search for the "two minute mod". 
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Duh! Don't know if you misread the message or I miss interped, Outback Jon. I tried to isolate two different things ( Running like crap, which most carbureted motorcyles do) and and a poor running engine causing excessive vibration, versus sticking big blobs of weight on my handlebars and claiming the problem "cured". The more I pick at this pile of bones the more I appreciate the efforts that others before me have exhausted their time and wit trying to fix. And the more I appreciate modern machinery.
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Bar risers in place, money well spent. Between the risers and the HVMP's (again, money well spent) I think I will be able to live with the old girl. I need to pony up for the stick coils and lay to rest the spark issues real or imagined of 22 year old coils.
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I'm glad to hear that!

I didn't think about the effect of increasing the height of bars reducing vibration also, but it sure should!!!  :great:
 
Good call on the risers! 
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Nothing comes to mind on a "bar snake". ???

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Nothing comes to mind on a "bar snake". ???

Sadly, he was the Geico spokesman before the gecko.  After losing his job, he became an alcoholic...   :rotflmao:



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Can someone fill me in on this barsnake product?
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The bar snake was a length of jointed weights that resembled one of those wooden snakes that you could get at a county fair or traveling fair. It was made to "snake" into a set of tubular handle bars to help quell the vibration of old parallel twins and sometimes in-line fours. The shop I worked at in Houston TX serviced a lot of police KZ's, and it was a popular accessory for policemen who lived in the saddle 8 yo 10 hours a day. Don't know if anyone still makes one or not.
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Thanks for the 411 !!!

I'll remember that if I ever get another bike with tubular bars..  :)
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I don't know if they make them anymore. Lead shot is another choice for those with standard bars. I had the Storz set on Conc #Uno, with a set of Beemer bars from a R60 and it was a good choice for additional weigth, not bad really but could have used some help. Nice riding position though.
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Yes sir, still in business. Check em' out at www.barsnake.com. An American made product above all else.
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Yes sir, still in business. Check em' out at www.barsnake.com. An American made product above all else.


HVMP is also an American made product.  Designed, tested, and manufactured in the Hudson Valley.
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