How To Reduce Motorcycle Handlebar Vibration

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cvcoco: Ok, two ideas that work. On a Yamaha FZ150 and a Honda CB750, I cut small squares of inner tube and placed them inside the lower half-moon of the handlebar clamp. The way the clamps are designed you cannot run a strip completely around the handlebar at the point of the clamp so dont try, but they will accept a few layers on the bottom bowl. Anyway this gives about 25% reduction in buzz, to the point its manageable. Second way is that dirt bike crossbar pad bars, correctly positioned and tightened, give a huge reduction in vibration. But of course they are ugly and take up a lot of accessory real estate. But Ive found that isolating the bars from the triple clamp is the most effective. If I had access to machining tools I would grind out the existing bar clamps and install a thick rubber donut all around. Not doing that well will result in bars that cannot be tightened firmly so thought has to be given to the project.

hoohoohoblin: That's strange.

hoohoohoblin: Thanks. I just took a look at their website. Those look like they would do the job. It is a heavy metal weight mounted on rubber, which would absorb high frequency vibration.

notwocdivad: I thought about filling the bars on my RE Bullet Sixty-5 with course sand, My theory is if it will dissapate the force of a bullet then it might do the same with Bullet handlebar vibes. (no pun intended) I suppose I could sit on it in the garage and go "thump, thump, thump, thumpety thump, then there would be no vibes LOL. Dave

thelastf100: block him

hoohoohoblin: That might work. On Harleys, the handlebar brackets mount to the forks using a bolt through some rubber donuts, which is the same concept. It dampens the vibration, but makes the bars a little wiggly.

mickm881: RCA. Root Cause Analysis. Treat the cause, not the symptoms...... or not!

Rontheyahoo: How about stuffing rolls of pennies and some thick glue up the bars?

hoohoohoblin: You're welcome.

hoohoohoblin: @mickm881 Yeah. If treating the cause is impossible or expensive, treat the symptoms. With my Sportster I treated both, insulating the handlebars and putting a vibration damper in the engine to reduce handlebar vibration. If you can treat the symptoms with some different grips and a Bar Snake for $40 in an hour or two, and it does the job, it's easier than taking the engine apart.

Bob Smythe: What about adding some rubber (a few wraps of innertube strips maybe) around the part of the handle bar that is seated in the clamp.

hoohoohoblin: Ha ha! Yes, the sand might work, as long as you had reliable plugs in the ends of the bars to keep it from falling out as you ride. Bar end weights make a noticeable difference and are cheap to buy and easy to install. You can use a razor blade to cut the ends off your grips and slide the end weights in to install them. On my Bullet I haven't put anything in the bars. I figure it's supposed to vibrate, and I don't ride it fast enough for it to be annoying.

John Martin: Nice collection. Love the Honda 500

megadeth22885: i was thinking of getting a CB450 that would face occasional trips of 12 hours or so at a time... think these solutions would clear away enough vibration to drive 12 hours straight on an old twin cylinder CB?

hoohoohoblin: @gordonemoore I wish I had a camera when I installed the Fisher Harmonic Balancer. I figure there are probably people who'd like to see it done, but I don't think I'll ever do it again... unless I come across a great deal on an old Sportster and want to make it into a street tracker.

notwocdivad: I have one problem there, The previous owner has fitted bar end mirrors which I would like to keep as they are very handy for seeing past my elbows. Just wait til I fit the Avonaire full fairing to the front I won't be going very fast either Ho Hum Dave ps, I thought a bar snake was a sleazy guy who sat in a bar trying to pick up ladies!!!

LiveToRide: triple tree thingy haha

jo sal: people like you just make life easier. thanks.

hoohoohoblin: I test drove a CB450A with an automatic transmission a few years ago. I don't remember it being very buzzy. The easiest thing to try first would be the handlebar end weights. Most motorcycle shops carry them, or you can buy them on eBay for $10.99 with free shipping. Try that and see if it improves. On my Honda I have the end weights and the bar snake, and it reduced the vibration noticeably.

Bob Smythe: Fitted some grip puppies as earlier mentioned, and can confirm that results where really good. Went for a 2hour ride, and only felt the need to shake some life into one of my hands once, as opposed to a dozen times. Quick anecdote: I have always suffered with this, and when on my motorbike test 3yrs ago, I was totally crapting myself, because both my hands were completely numb by now, and I just couldnt go taking my hands off the bars and shaking them with the examiner riding behind me!

gordo5555555555: You mention the vibralators (or something like that) which are similar, I think, to the anti-vibration inserts by FASST. I tried them on a dirt bike that was buzzing my hands to sleep and they did the trick. I definitely recommend them. Vibralators sound kinky so maybe they are even better!

hoohoohoblin: Look at your grips and see where the wires connect. If the wiring is inside the handlebar, then you can't put anything inside the handlebar. I'd bet that the wiring is outside of the handlebar, as it's easier to install and less likely to have problems. If that's the case, you could put a Bar Snake inside the bars.

hoohoohoblin: I have some similarly thick squishy grips on my Suzuki, and they really do make a difference.

Gordon Moore: One of the most important things you can do to reduce vibration is to make sure every fastener, accessory, etc. aft of the rear shock absorbers is tight. I can't wait for the video of you installing an engine balancer on something that didn't come with one. Heh.

7silverhead7: I like the fact that you have several different types of bikes. I found one of your videos last week about the Enfield.. Then today you turned up with this anti-vibration video when I was researching Bar Snakes. Thanks for posting videos and for understanding that several types of bikes are all good to own.

eddywtf: Great video, very helpful. And yet some douchebag still finds the nerve to click dislike. I don't understand some people.

hoohoohoblin: That would probably work. It's the right idea. More weight in the bars can dissipate vibration, and the right kind of glue should dampen the vibration too.

TellyToby: thanks for this - after 14 years of commuting on a number of sportsbikes. am starting to suffer from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome...gonna try foam grips (grip puppies) and bar ends for starters - should definitely help ! appreciate it.

john wayne: i just found out on my 07 zx6r i found padding inside mine and also a 8mm socket, but bought the bike brandnew

john wayne: i know i was shocked, tg i didnt pay for the assembly of the bike

hoohoohoblin: Thanks. I have an enemy out there who puts thumbs down on a lot of my videos right after I post them. I don't know who they are, but I'd like to find out.

FragranceMonster: I have a Suzuki vstrom 650. With heated grips. I get slightly numb fingers the bike is the new style its only a year old. Because it has heated Suzuki grips does that mean I can't do anything with it. Any advice would be great

hoohoohoblin: Thanks! Me too.

hoohoohoblin: You're welcome. There are no bad motorcycles!

hoohoohoblin: You're welcome. The foam grips really do make a big different if you get the really soft kind like I have on my Suzuki. You might also try raising the handlebars or switching to a more upright bike if you are putting a lot of weight on your hands.

Gordon Moore: BTW, an old Sportster will vibrate a BarSnake to bits. You'll know to check it when the fillings vibrate out of your teeth. :-)
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