Budget bike issues
I bought a 09 Yamaha FZ6R to build a lightweight back roads tourer and it fits the bill, but the thing vibrates at 5,500 rpm increasing thru 7,000 rpm at at frequency that numbs my hands in 15mins of steady state throttle. Blasting the back roads where your varying the rpm and its not too much of an issue.
So my service manager took it out, talked to Yamaha, and everybody agrees that the bike has a vibration but its not out of the norm, well i'm over it and on the hunt.
One opinion is that an inline four will have a vibration that's typical to the design of the engine and that better counter balancers can deal with it but a better option would be to switch to a twin or a tripple.
Another opinion is that its the budget inline four thats the problem, that more money buys a smoother engine(along with other features).
So i'm concerned with moving to a Versys and having a budget twin be just another lesson I should have learned and would have been better off stepping up to a higher priced bike.
After reading here there seems to be a few riders that mention some vibs, some that tour with out an issue, so does anybody have experience with multiple bikes that have downgraded to a budget bike(Versys) and found it as good as their previous ride?
About me, i've been riding street for 12 yrs, anything from dual sport thumper(BMW F650GS Dakar) on knobbys(longest day in the saddle 530 miles), to an opposed twin(BMW R1200GS)500+ mile days, V-twins a couple 475 mile days, inline fours(BMW k1200LT)770 mile days, and my longest aboard a BMW k1200RS 1726 miles in 39hrs. So i've pulled the seat time, but this thing tried to do me in on a simple 5hr ride.
The fours were soul less, plenty of power but just dull to ride, the twins and the thumper had character, so even though I like the Ninja 1000, I think the Versys would offer what im missing, low power and light weight make a good combo for fun and hopefully vibration free touring.
Throw down some input, opinions, and feel free to banter about what you like and why.