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Old Jun 25th 2017, 12:22 PM   #1
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What I did to reduce handlebar and mirror vibration

Vibration due to the secondary engine imbalance and power pulses is a problem in the 1299. The bike has perfect primary balance due to being an L Twin. I wish Ducati would include a secondary balancer as most other sports bikes do, but we will live with what we have.

1. To see recognizable images in the rear view mirrors, I installed Viper mirrors from Moto-Science. They are solid aluminum and the length is adjustable. The vibration of the mirrors comes from two components. Translation, which extra mirror weight can help, and rotation. The rotation occurs about the mirror mounting locations. I adjusted the Viper mirrors to be as short as possible to reduce the movement from rotation. When you adjust the mirrors to be as short as possible, the metal rails stick out about two inches, so I trimmed them with a grinder to give better lane splitting clearance. The mirrors are short, so I look between my arms and torso, and it's fine.

2. Pro Grip 699 Sport Bike Gel Grips help calm handlebar vibration a little.

3. I use particle damping to reduce, not eliminate, handlebar vibration. Particle damping is effective over a wide frequency range. I purchased 3000 1/8" stainless steel ball bearings and placed 1500 in each handle bar. The ball bearings cost only $27 from an eBay shop. I put them in the handlebars by removing the rubber handlebar plug and pouring them in with a funnel. I use stainless steel because it won't turn to white powder like lead will over time. I chose 1/8" balls because a paper I read recommended them over larger diameters.

4. My final antivibration move will be to have Astech install gel in my stock seat. There are only three places that vibration can be transmitted to your body. The handlebars, foot pegs, and the seat. I've done as much as I can with the handlebars. I really think the legs isolate the body pretty well from the footpeg vibration. So I need to isolate myself at the seat a bit more.

One suggestion for Ducati: Make the instrument panel bracket (it attaches directly to the frame) out of a polymer like Ultem rather than aluminum. At 1/10 the stiffness of aluminum, this will help attenuate vibration coming from the frame.
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It's a Ducati. For those that hate the vibration get a Honda!!!
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Never felt the need to reduce any vibration. But your solutions seem viable to those whom it bothers.
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Originally Posted by Stephen6 View Post
3. I use particle damping to reduce, not eliminate, handlebar vibration. Particle damping is effective over a wide frequency range. I purchased 3000 1/8" stainless steel ball bearings and placed 1500 in each handle bar. The ball bearings cost only $27 from an eBay shop. I put them in the handlebars by removing the rubber handlebar plug and pouring them in with a funnel. I use stainless steel because it won't turn to white powder like lead will over time. I chose 1/8" balls because a paper I read recommended them over larger diameters.
......... And now I have the most expensive and impressive set of maracas in the known universe!!
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Do 3000 ball bearings weigh much?! Seems a bit extreme thing to do to a race bike?
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Do 3000 ball bearings weigh much?! Seems a bit extreme thing to do to a race bike?
This was my thinking as well. If I'm putting weight on a bike it better be for a damn good reason. I had to use Motovation bar end adapters for my mirrors. They're heavy solid pieces of metal. But I was cool with it because they held my CRG's. Between those and the Pro Grip 717's, there's no vibrations.
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Old Jun 26th 2017, 07:25 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Mutt1979 View Post
......... And now I have the most expensive and impressive set of maracas in the known universe!!


Lol,

Adding weight to the bar ends normally does the trick. On my BMW S1000RR it was all but mandatory. The vibes would put my hand to sleep in 15 minutes flat! Motivation barends pushed the vibes below 3000 or 2500 rpm, and I was rarely at that engine speed. The barends and gel grips did the trick.

The Aprilia RSV4, with motivation barends, is in fact the smoothest bike I have owed. It's the only bike I did not replace the grips to reduce vibes. The 1299 is a bit more vibe/ pulsating, but okay. Heavy barends might help.
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have you tried stuffing a pile of rubber inside the clip on?
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I have an S1000RR road bike and for some reason I've just started noticing my hands and feet going to sleep on long journeys.
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What I did to reduce handlebar and mirror vibration

Originally Posted by royal View Post
I have an S1000RR road bike and for some reason I've just started noticing my hands and feet going to sleep on long journeys.


Just?

Buy a pair of throttlemeisters or motivation heavy barends and be amazed at how smooth that thing becomes. The heavy vibes are I think around 3 to 5k. The heavy barends moves the vibes below 2500 rpm, a speed you are rarely at, the the 3 to 5 haymaker vibes is gone! Replacing the grips also helps, but it's a real PITA, so start with the bar ends, then pour a fine sand in the clip ones, if that doesn't make it better l, do the grips. I'd go in that order cause like I said, the grips are not designed to be removed.

The S1000RR motor does not use a counterbalancer, so it's very vibey below 9000 RPM. Up there it's pretty smooth, but how much riding you doing tin 5 digit RPM's?
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