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Offline Wannabe

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Tube bars vs risers
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:38:13 pm »
My issue is vibration. My bike came w/ the adapter and Goldwing bars. 2 issues. First, I thought it just looked plain UGLY!  Second, they were WAAAY to far back for my taste. So, since the PO also had stock bars + risers, I switched over to that. At the same time I sent carbs to Steve, got torque cams, etc. Now I get a lot of vibration through the bars. Why I hate changing several items all @ once. So several questions...

1. Are tube bars THAT much better for vibes than stock + risers?

2. Did something else spring up w/ all the assembly/disassembly?

3. The PO had the risers, but not the bushing/tube that fits between the 2 pieces. Would that exasperate the issue?  I am working on getting tubes in the mean time.

I know the tube bars offer endless options. But I really do like the look and location of the stock + risers. However, the buzz in my hands in really more than acceptable. I am also looking into bigger grips. As I'm certain this is an issue also having come off a large v2 bike.

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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 01:26:53 pm »
you're probably feeling the buzz more because you may have more weight on your hands now. To me, tube bars are the best way to go, but you still need to put bar end weights on. I have rubber isolated bars and even so the bar end weights still help. Steve
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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 01:58:03 pm »
What Steve said.

I've mentioned this elsewhere (gez, there MUST be a better way to search throughmy own old posts...), but with my neck/back problems, getting some of the weight off my hands/arms by using taller/more pullback was crucial to me being able to ride. Tube bar adapter allowed that.

I agree, it ain't as purty, kinda messes up the space between you and the dash (bars are continuous, adapters in the center, etc), but it helps.

Have you re-torqued your engine bolts AND done a carb balance? Yes, Steve does awesome work, but he can't balance the carbs to YOUR engine, only to a reference. Carb balance was 90% of my vibration issue.

Also, get good grips. They were the final key to reducing buzz before I changed to tubular bars. Murphs Grips are inexpensive, and REALLY make a difference, after everything else is done.

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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 02:02:05 pm »
I have yet to sync the carbs.  I will work on getting that done.  Also, the tiny grips may have to go as well.

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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 02:59:53 pm »
Yes, standard tube bars make a huge difference in vibration control. My bike was nearly unrideable when I first got it due to te "buzz". My hands would go to sleep in less than 50 miles. Now I can ride all day with zero issues. The biggest problem to converting to regular 7/8" bars is finding an adaptor plate. I have been using the same set of Bikemaster Daytona GP bars for over 5 years. They were $15 back then I think.
The stock Connie bars are what I like to refer to as a "tuning fork design". They transfer the vibration up thru the bars just like a tuning fork. The further it travels up the more felt vibration is felt. If you are coming to the national you are welcome to try out my bars and see what you think. 
Also gel grips help as well.
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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 04:36:41 pm »
One note about tube bars - you still need to have the bar ends, and properly mounted (not solidly clamped against the bar, but bolted so the rubber insulator can work). I had to have a nut welded into the end of my bars. Pretty simple work.

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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2014, 05:01:22 pm »
One note about tube bars - you still need to have the bar ends, and properly mounted (not solidly clamped against the bar, but bolted so the rubber insulator can work). I had to have a nut welded into the end of my bars. Pretty simple work.
My setup required no heavy bar end weights. I have been using a pair of aluminum bar ends from Bikemaster and they are mostly for decoration. They just slide in the end and tighten with an allen wrench.
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Re: Tube bars vs risers
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2014, 07:08:16 pm »
Mine vibrate less with the factory bar ends on, then without them. YMMV

I'd like to upgrade to the vibranators at some point.