Hey, all. I have an '03 that has some vibrating issues. When I leave the bike running to warm up, I can see the mirrors and grips vibrating much more than I feel they should be. Also, the higher the RPMs I run the bike, the worse the vibrations get. It happens if I'm in neutral or when on the road, so I ruled out the tires.
Any words of wisdom? I'm starting to feel like I'm on a Hardley!
Hey, John -
Hope you haven't changed your pipes yet to round out that HD feeling!
You have three sets of through bolts: two are in the back of the engine block - one bolt comes through the block right under the front bevel gear case; the other sits above that, right behind the rear cylinder. I think they're 14 mm nuts - you'll want to retain one with a combo wrench while you use the socket wrench to loosen the other (or vice versa). Up front, there's a whole mounting unit that sits in front of the engine block - the through bolt goes in right around your shift lever and brake pedal, and then there are two smaller bolts that go part way through the frame and into the mounting unit. The through bolt is also a 14mm (I'm pretty sure), but the upper bolts are either 12mm or 13 mm (lucky me - I have one of each on Orleans!).
If those are tight, I might be thinking cam balancer dampers, but your bike is kinda young for that.
I only had a minute, so I tightened one of the engine mounts on the front area and the vibrations have already reduced pretty substantially. Thank god it didn't turn out to be something much worse! I'll tighten the rest up tonight. Thanks for the help!
I have an 04 thats doing the exact same thing.. some rides are worse than others.. in general, the bike runs great, 50+ MPG ect. sometimes however right around 4K RPMs seems to be the worse spot.. vibrates so much my foot tingles on the pegs. I've checked all my mounts, had several people help me make sure my carbs were in sycn ect and no luck.. I took it to the kaw dealer and they said it seems fine, however they are on 40 MPH roads and less.. right around 60 is where she's annoying. it started with 6K on the bike so it's hard for me to believe I'd have to take the engine down, but stranger things happen I guess..
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