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Vibration management

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by guacamole, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. guacamole

    guacamole Just got it firing!

    Jul 27, 2017
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    Tacoma WA
    Hi all. As I start riding my V7-II more, I am getting weird numbness and tingling in my hands after a couple hours of riding. I am considering ways to manage this including gel palm gloves or risers with some kind of anti-vib insert like Rox Risers. I was hoping to start using this bike as my light weight touring rig, but this may be a deal breaker unless I can solve the problem.

    How many does this affect and what has worked best for you?
  2. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

    Oct 28, 2008
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    Huntsville, AL
    Don't grip so tight. Also heavier bar end weights might help.
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  3. GTM®

    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

    Jul 1, 2009
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    Extremely well covered on this site. IS your bike completely stock? Vibration can be massively reduced with exhaust and corrected fueling, however it is a V-twin engine, so not sure what your ultimate goal is.
  4. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

    Feb 27, 2010
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    Bar end weights.
    Grip Puppies.
    May have to change bar position either up & back or down & forward or possibly a little wider bar.

    May also want to note what RPM you are riding in.
    These bikes like the 4500/5000 grand range.
    See if you can get past the vibe point.

    Check all fasteners & where the exhaust bolts to the head, a loose pipe may not make noise but can cause vibes.

    Fueling mods from Todd
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  5. roadscum

    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

    May 1, 2009
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    SW Florida
    I feel as though I'm repeating myself..... must be old age!! :D:)

    The tingling can result from too tight a grip, happens to me sometimes when I haven't ridden in awhile. Relax your grip see if that helps and/or adjust the angle of the handlebars. Some folks claim relief from tingling when they use Grip Puppies but not me. I've used them on many of my bikes just for the softer more comfy touch. Let's us know if any of these help.

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  6. Echon

    Echon Just got it firing!

    May 7, 2018
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    Squeeze the tank with your knees. I recommend doing this VERY hard the next few times you ride. I hadn't ridden in several months when I picked up my V7 II Racer and one of the first things I needed to remember to do was squeeze the tank. The reason this works is you'll end up putting less weight overall on your arms and you'll naturally relax your grip. Plus it'll make things like cornering and your overall handling a lot easier.

    Happy riding.
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