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Cool upgrade to reduce vibration

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Hey guys,

Thought I would post about this cool thing I bought and tried to help reduce the buzzin in my handle bars on the highway. Even though my carbs are balanced (Checked with the Carbtune - they are witin half a mm of each other) once I get above about 65 MPH the handle bars start to buzz. So I hapened to pick up an issue of Cycle World (I sometimes like to try new magazines to see if they are interesting - I'd never read it before) and in the letter to the editor section some guy mentions this product called a "vibranator" In essence the principle behind it is it is a tuned harmonic dampener, similar to what you would find on a helicopter.

Apparently there is some scientific basis to vibration causing muscle pain, and this product aims to help eliminate the vibrations and reduce the strain.

So, I was intrigued, they had a 30 day money back guarantee, so I ordered a set.

I put them in last night - they seem to actually do what they claim to do. The vibration up to about 60 MPH is almost eliminated, and past that much reduced. Above 70 the buzzing starts to creep back in - so it solves part of my problem, but not all, but, I am going to keep them or sure since all the vibrations up to that point are basically removed.

Just thought I would throw this out there, seems to work, its actually made in the USA (Shocking). Its a small place, and when I ordered they were inundated with orders, so it was a little slow to go out, but I did call them up and they sent it out the next day.

I don't have any pics b/c i forgot to take them, but the install basically involved ripping out my old weights and installed these, fairly straightforward.

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Like any other companies out there manufacturing is done at a minimum cost for the best benefit

to the most people. Most of the kinds of weights installed on handlebars are for the average

highway speed the bikes were designed for at the time of manufacture. I've noticed on both the

CX500 I had thirty years ago and my current GL650 the best cruise speed for the least amount

of vibration is the 55 mph which was the legal limit in those days. Nowadays it's 70 for most

of the interstate highways. Between the higher speeds, wear and tear and whatever mods and

replacements done over a quarter of a century, it's pretty easy to see why people have problems.

There is a certain harmonic resonance all objects have (the rate of vibration however fast or

slow a object will move the easiest). Just ask the fine folks who built the Tacoma Narrows

bridge. A little wind, a little movement of the bridge until it found its natural resonance

to vibrate (pretty slow so it looks like it's rocking back and forth)...

And voila!

I think you will always have vibration with handlebars, the best you can do is to minimize

the vibration and whatever speed you like to cruise at. I like my Vista cruise control

clamp myself.

THAT was the bridge that did that? I drove across that bridge driving for J.B.Hunt. I get luckier all the time. I was in Phoenix coming back from Cali when that freeway fell, I come across it day before.

I always make sure the OEM cruise control is in good order before I go anywhere. I also try to wear gel gloves when on longer rides(no idea where I got them it has been many years and memory is not what it used to be).
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