Excessive Vibration

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by ladyrider1977, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. ladyrider1977

    ladyrider1977 Member

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    I recently got a 2002 Sportster 1200 Custom for Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong, I love the bike! However, I have noticed that when I get up to certain speeds, I can barely read street signs! Sometimes I even come back home with a headache. I know that this particular year/model of bike is a rigid mount so there will be some vibration expected. Yet I don't think the excessive vibration is normal. The bike has loud (short) pipes on it. I am fairly certain that the baffles have been taken off the exhaust. I have no idea as to what the exhaust system is.

    Any suggestions as to how to fix this problem? Thanks! :D
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The only suggestion is to replace the exhaust system with something similar to the stock system which should help with a bit of the vibrations. The rigid mounts like the sporty and softails before the counterbalanced engines in the softails were filling rattlers. Possibly a rubber mount in your future.
     
  3. jel123

    jel123 Active Member

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    had a sporty and at about 65 it was numbing i switched to a better set of handle bar isolaters and it helped,jel
     
  4. ladyrider1977

    ladyrider1977 Member

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    Can you give some suggestions as to what type of handlebar isolaters to get?
     
  5. ladyrider1977

    ladyrider1977 Member

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    Any suggestions for an exhaust system? I really wanted to put Bassani Sweepers on my bike...
     
  6. ktorian

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    Nice valentine's day present!
     
  7. ladyrider1977

    ladyrider1977 Member

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    Yes, very nice Valentine's Day present! LOL And no, I am not gripping the handlebars too tight. I have been riding for awhile now. :) I posted a pic of the back end of the bike. Also, does anyone know anything about air suspension?
     
  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Also check out this idea Glider has posted in the self-help section:

    Bar Snake - Harley Davidson Community

    TQ
     
  9. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I made my own "bar snake" when I had a Sportster. Put 2 rolls of pennies into each handlebar to add some weight and reduce the vibration. That and a set of Kuryakn Iso Grips really helped.
     
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Way to go TQ, sport bikes used bar end weights, but the Bar Snake (no not what most people immediately visualize) is a dampening device in the bar to absorbs vibration, kinda like a sand filled "bean bag."

    You may also want to use touring grips that are softer rubber or foam to squelch additional vibes, but smaller in diameter so you actually "hook" your fingers 'round them instead of "gripping" them. If your hands feel "cold" after the ride, you are hanging on too tight.