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Jun 12

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andy225 says:

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Any advice welcome regarding a change of bike!

Recently I’ve been experiencing problems with engine vibration making my hands go numb, (this is related to a medical problem I’ve developed after many years of working in the building trade).

Therefore I am seeking advice on bikes people can recommend that have vibe free engines and are super smooth. I am not looking for a sporty riding position bike as the extra weight leaning on my hands make it worse. I am also looking for a bike that’s pillion friendly and above 600cc

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Mar 09

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jaffa90 says:

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Aug 09

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MarcusMarsh says:

Bike change

As Jaffa said, all bikes vibrate - although there are things that you can do to minimise the vibes that get through to the bars.  You don't mention what bike you have now but I am sure you appreciate that the characteristics of that vibration does vary between engine types.  So, although you may not be able to get a vibe-free bike you be able to find one that you can live with. 

Other than that if you want something that really is silky smooth I believe that the Honda Goldwing has a good reputation in that department.   

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Nov 08

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more important than engine config.  Some of the smoother engines (balance shafted fours, cross plane cranks etc) get rigidly mounted to a rigid frame with rigid mounted pegs, seat and bars.  Other really vibey lumps get bunged in with soft bits everywhere and you never feel a thing.

Take a look at the Huyabusa's bars.  They look a bit like short stiff clip-ons, but are attached to a silkily rubber mounted top plate.  How about justifying a Huyabusa and taller Heli-bars on medical grounds?

With traditional one piece tubular bars, heavy, as in really heavy, like best part of a lb each, bar ends (or internal ballast) can drop the resonances to revs you won't linger on...  Maybe not as good as rubber mounting, but can work.  Source heavier bar ends from other models, big capacity scooters, or specialist manufacturers.

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