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Is it me or is it the bike?

3000 kms on the 2010 now and either I have got used to the vibes or they have decreased with the engine's maturity

I hope that when I put in synthetic oil at next change, the vibes reduce even further.

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I've owned two Versys and I do believe the engine smooths out after a few thousand miles.

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I've owned two Versys and I do believe the engine smooths out after a few thousand miles.

I'm almost up to 3000 miles, and I agree
The engine seems a bit smoother and a bit more powerfull (two unsolicitated wheelie so far ... Cooooooooooool)

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I guess I'm the exception. I've got over 11k miles and to me it feels less powerful and same amount of vibes.

I'm guessing the less power is just cause I'm used to it. It's felt that way for many months now.
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12K Kms and feeling good each time I take a ride. Its all about coming to terms with what you have and not expecting too much.IMHO

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Anyone ever notice the bike seems smoother with a full tank of gas? Maybe some vibration dampening qualities to gasoline.
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Been really lucky so far 17,000 miles and vibes not much of a problem and no dreaded cowl buzzing. However, just swapped out a set of Avon Distanzias for some Pirelli Angel STs. (Avons worked well but won't really be going off road till at least next summer)
I think I'm feeling a bit more vibes. Not a balance issue since this feeling is at any speed. Like the beginning of the thread, can tires make a difference or am I just imaging this.
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I somewhat noticed a bit of vibes and buzzing just after getting my V. I was VERY nervous after reading on here. However after about a month I hardly noticed it at all, and before that didn't get bothered by them. I believe it is all compared to what a person is used to. If they drive a high end car there are no rattles or vibes. I drive a truck that gets used hard. I am used to little noises and stuff, to the point were I don't notice there existence.

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Whoa, I was thinking the same way. It is so smooth now compared to the first 500 miles that I was not sure. I did some tweaking on the suspension and the bags added weight so was not sure. I think it is smoother than my FJR was.

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What vibration? ALL vehicles vibrate to some degree. It's all relative to what you're used to and what you like. The V really doesn't vibe that much.
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Maybe yours doesn't vibe enough to bother u-But mine is another story.Got a 2010 about 3 weeks ago and I can't ride for ten minutes without my hands going to sleep and tingling like crazy.Been looking at all solutions possible to try and get the vibes down.I have 1300 miles so far and will be putting in some amsoil synthetic in few days( the amsoil rep said it is ok to start out with their syn oil in a brand new engine)Don't know about that but I think 1300 miles is ok to. Went with a 44 rear tooth-everyone on this site was correct-its great, what a difference,Only problem is my bike starts the vibes right around 5000 rpm's and thats the range where this engine is the most fun to ride. If the synthetic and a few more miles don't help I'll have to go crazy because I love everything else about this bike.Also put on the new Leo Vince slip on.What a awesome pipe. Had a 08 V with a two Bro's and it didn't sound nearly as good.If anyone has any suggestions on vibe solutions please help.
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I have read so many posts on vibrations, I almost don't bother reading them, so excuse me if I missed these two points.

A decent pair of riding boots completely eliminates the vibes in the pegs; I rode with tennis shoes yesterday, and I noticed the vibes. I have 14,700 miles on mine so it should definately be "broken in".

Second, if your handlebars seem to vibrate, make sure you have done all the foam fixes to the cowls and headlight surrounds. That all but eliminated mine.

I rode a few months without the bar ends, because I liked the feel of the bars narrower, and actually liked the type of vibration for sport riding. Call it engine feedback if you will. Then I put them back on to sell the bike(didn't sell it), and that really will make you appreciate the bar end balancers.

Just my two cents, the Versys is such a fantastic machine, I appreciate it more as the miles fly by.

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I think my bike did get a little smoother as I put on some miles. Also adding farkles adds mass and this helps soak up the vibes. But the bike was pretty darn smooth to begin with.
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What vibration? ALL vehicles vibrate to some degree. It's all relative to what you're used to and what you like. The V really doesn't vibe that much.
Yep, seriously. I've owned inline 4's that vibrated more. It's a pretty smooth motor

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Maybe yours doesn't vibe enough to bother u-But mine is another story.Got a 2010 about 3 weeks ago and I can't ride for ten minutes without my hands going to sleep and tingling like crazy.
The 2010 is supposed to relieve what buzzing there is with rubber mounts, right? Have you talked to your dealer? What about asking your dealer to synchronize the throttle bodies, and check the torque on the motor mounts?

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I've noticed the engine does seem to smooth out with more miles.
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I think DW nailed it. "Farkles" or the luggage and metal racks I added helped to dampen the vibes on my bike. Tuning the suspension helped a little. Even correct tire pressure would help some I'm sure. I think a few miles break in helps.
The V is a great bike but it does have some engine vibration. I've ridden plenty of bikes and vibration is a part of some of them, but then others are so smooth you could balance a quarter on the tank when at idle.
The good thing is that the bike is smooth now. Vibration at 5k was pretty much what I was noticing, and it still is a point where you feel it. I just ride past it or under as best I can. The bike is too much fun not to ride, and it is very smooth other than that rpm point.

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Have heard a lot about vibrations on this forum to and fix most of those silly vibrations but had a ride recently on a friends v twin moto guzzi and man talk about vibration from side to side, the mirrors were having a seizure, getting back on my horse felt so smooth after that, all about what our expectations are to, I drive a 2.5 ltr diesel utility and a glorified roller skate a 1300cc suzuki swift that feels every bump on the road so not very fussy about vibration/noise but each to there own.
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About 1200 miles on an '09. I have significant handlebar vibes. I tried Rox rubber damped risers, helped with the RH mirror but not LH, can see cars, but can't tell if they're cops. I have read Invader's posts and I may pursue different aluminum fat bars. I am running mirror extenders.

Edit: I just rode into work at freeway speeds, and mirror vibes are definitely better now, at 5K RPMS or above.

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My 10 V was very buzzy when new (handle grips at 4500 rpm, foot pegs at 5500 rpm). The dealer had delivered it with hand guards, and removed the bar weights. I put the bar weights back on, and reduced the handle grip vibration. After 500 miles the vibration reduced further, and I mostly don't notice it now. I good pair of gloves further reduced what I felt in my hands.

My 09 V smoothed out a lot after 1200 miles. It ran even smoother and shifted smoother after switching to synthetic oil (AmsOil).

Make sure you've got good riding gear, break-in the bike at high rpm, and enjoy it. It'll just get better everytime you climb on.
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I've owned two Versys and I do believe the engine smooths out after a few thousand miles.
Agree! I have 14000 miles and it is definitely smoother than at 1000 miles.

And grip puppies help too.
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