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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Almost lost a motor mount

Riding over to a buddy's place last night when I felt something touching my right leg...

Looked down and it was the upper rear motor mount bolt just walking right out of the frame. I pulled over and jammed it back into place, realizing I had lost the rubber spacers, washer, and nut on the left side but managed to zip-tie the bolt secure and ride on. Managed to trail fix it for now with an M10-1.25 nut and a rubber grommet (which is too soft and doesn't hold the motor mount in place inside the frame and also burns on my exhaust). Now I wait for a new motor mount bracket to ship so I can salvage the rubber off if it so the motor is spaced properly from the frame mount.

WHAT THE HELL has anybody else had this kinda madness happen to them?
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is your motor vibrating at all?

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Most bikes vibrate. It's always been recommended that an owner periodically go over all the nuts and fasteners on their bike and check for tightness.

Yes, this has happened several times in the past. One where the member back tracked and found the bolt on the side of the road.

For some reason it seems, many check axle nuts, fork nuts, etc...but no one ever checks these....

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The motor does seem to be vibrating a bit more than I remember being normal, but nothing abnormal for a v-twin motor. (I know about the rubber dampeners, but would be very surprised if they were dead after only 12 years and 13k miles)

And yeah I feel kinda foolish for not checking on these, I'll definitely be going over the bike and tightening every nut I can after this.
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dampeners have been known to fail with 5k on them...

it seems, the more the bike has sat during its life, the more likely they will fail low milage.
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dampeners have been known to fail with 5k on them...

it seems, the more the bike has sat during its life, the more likely they will fail low milage.
yup.when they sit,they dry out and start to deteriorate

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I had that happen once, that's all it takes to realize that you need to keep on top of things when on two wheels.
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well that really sucks to hear... guess I'll just keep on riding it and hoping they don't go.

Will it become evident before they go? As of late the vibrations are really not that bad, but somewhat noticeable.
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Will it become evident before they go? As of late the vibrations are really not that bad, but somewhat noticeable.
Top ten signs your anti vibration motor mount rubber is shot:

10. Everything in your mirrors is suddenly out of focus.

9. Your dentures get loose more often.

8. Your butt falls asleep on a two mile ride.

7. You have to retighten all your nuts and bolts after every ride.

6. Your visor keeps falling off

5. You can only keep your feet on the pegs with double face tape.

4. The glass in your tach and speedo crack.

3. Your hands go numb even with thick gloves.

2. The paint starts to fall off.

And the number one sign your mount rubber is gone...



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...and says" keep riding.DON'T STOP DON'T STOP".

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