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Nov 09

Posts: 39

Jarrefan says:

Good vibrations

After completing my DAS course and investing in a Suzuki Bandit 600 I got myself a SV1000S. The SV has mountains of torque and a top speed of around 140mph but I find it vibrates a lot more than the inline four Bandit. Is this a common thing with V-twins?

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May 10

Posts: 102

Bebobobob says:


in short, Yes they vibrate more but the sv is actually quite calm about it compared to some others, don't forget that the change in bars will make you initially put more weight on your arms and hands than you should, - weight on bum/legs, grip tank, arms nice and loose and a light grip on the bars helps oh and it'll do 160 if you're as light as me (probably 140 real speed thinking about it, your speedo if stock will be 10% optimistic) it is a fun sports tourer, enjoy :)

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Nov 11

Posts: 203

jimbo8098 says:


I have the V-Strom 650 , your bikes smaller cousin , and it has a bit of vibration at specific points in revving , generally around the 6000 mark. This is to expected with V-Twins. Inline 4s are a lot smoother than that due to the way they fire their cylinders , V Twins are known for the distinctive shake. Just look at the V Twin harleys! They put the engines on rubber mounts on most harleys so they don't wobble the whole bike!

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Mar 10

Posts: 100

jahagon says:

You could experiment a bit - try attaching different bar end weights and see how that affects the vibration. Weighting the bars differently can help to cancel out some of the vibes.

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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:

Yes and no

Depends on the included angle between the cylinders.

A 90 degree V-twin (which some argue should be called an L-twin) has the potential to be almost entirely vibration free.

Any other angle, it's going to vibrate like a piece of agricultural machinery.

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Oct 12

Posts: 2

ga22ers says:

you get use to it

They do vibrate you get used to it I rode an inline 4 and hated it so went back to twins on the up side there cheaper to insure and pull very well but when you hit 140 front end gose light need to keep your weight over the front

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