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Cowling Buzz and Vibrations on a 2010

Are there any 2010 owners with 1000+ miles who can confirm that the 2010 model is free of the buzz and vibes that older models have?
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My '10 is just over 3 weeks old and has just over 900 miles on it. I read about the buzzing on older models but have not noticed any on my bike. I did notice that the speedometer cluster seems to be loose and/or rubber mounted probably by design. My Kawasaki dealer has an '09 in stock so I will compare it to mine. The only vibration I notice on my '10 is in the foot pegs and handlebars right at around 70MPH in the 5500 RPM range. I plan to put on a 44 tooth rear sprocket to remedy that. It's not real bad and nowhere near as bad as my past Dual Sport big single thumpers. Those bikes were horrible at highway speeds IMO.
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2010 with 950 miles and no bad vibes...

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Given that it now seems the source of the vibes is the instrument cluster, not the fairing as we assumed originally and the cluster is the same, I'm sure you guys will soon be experiencing the some buzzing... Of course, if you wear earplugs, you are not likely to hear it anyway, so it doesn't matter if it vibes or not.

DBL - How is the 44T sprocket solve the vibration issue? The bike will still vibrate at that RPM range, only now you'll be doing a different speed, no...?


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Exactly! With the sprocket change it will lower the RPM for the same speed, so I should be able to cruise at 70MPH without as much vibration. Currently, it feels like the bike resonates at some weird frequency right at 70MPH. After the sprocket change, it should only vibrate like that at a much faster speed which I will avoid unless passing, and we all know how much fun that is on a V!

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I had a 2005 Harley Sportster that would buzz and vibrate like Hell at 60mph in 5th gear. The dealer told me to go up to 65mph and it would go away. Sure enough, it did. There was an RMP range that produced a buzz. Anything above or below, it was smooth.

I wonder if 5500 rpm might just be a buzzy range?
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I was at the Kawasaki dealer picking up my new license plate and sat on the '09 Versys they still have and noticed the speedometer/tach cluster is mounted very stiff compared to how it is on my '10 so that's probably what causes the buzz that is noticed on the older models. Guess I am glad I waited for the '10 and paid more in doing so. I'm at just over 1000 miles now and did 150 miles running around with some friends that both bought new bikes too. They saw mine and had to "one up" me. LOL! One has a GIANT Triumph 1500cc+ monster and the other one has a Harley with a 1500cc+ engine as well. They joke with me saying some day I will grow up and buy a real motorcycle. HA! If only they knew how much fun they could have on a Versys and at HALF what they paid for their monster machines. Here is a pic of us last Sunday. I am the only one with proper gear too. Oh well . . .
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Sure, no problem. I have not ridden an older V but when sitting on a new '09 it feels like it would vibrate more. The foot pegs are not soft like they are on the '10 and the weird resonance vibration I do get on my '10 around 5500 RPM is very noticeable so I can only imagine how much worse it may be on the older models. I have learned to stay away from 5500 RPM as much as possible and once I get my 44 tooth rear sprocket, I hope to be able to avoid that range even more. I forgot to mention in my last post about my 150 mile ride with my friends last Sunday. I did not get the numbness in my hands like I did when I went on that first long 150 mile pie run ride when the bike was brand spanking new. That trip was mostly non-stop except for gas and that was only because one guy in our group had a small tank. My ride on Sunday was more relaxed and we were not going anywhere in particular and made several stops throughout the day. So, it's safe to say that my V can handle several miles before I notice enough vibration that it makes my hands numb. I'll know more about this once I get a taller windshield and plan to ride from Hutto, TX to Medina, TX for another pie run on May 29th. It's at least 150 miles one way so it will be similar to the other pie run I did last month. I'm also looking at getting a vibration reducing bar riser and better handlebars so with a few more mods, my bike should be perfect.


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I was at the Kawasaki dealer picking up my new license plate and sat on the '09 Versys they still have and noticed the speedometer/tach cluster is mounted very stiff compared to how it is on my '10 so that's probably what causes the buzz that is noticed on the older models. Guess I am glad I waited for the '10 and paid more in doing so. I'm at just over 1000 miles now and did 150 miles running around with some friends that both bought new bikes too. They saw mine and had to "one up" me. LOL! One has a GIANT Triumph 1500cc+ monster and the other one has a Harley with a 1500cc+ engine as well. They joke with me saying some day I will grow up and buy a real motorcycle. HA! If only they knew how much fun they could have on a Versys and at HALF what they paid for their monster machines. Here is a pic of us last Sunday. I am the only one with proper gear too. Oh well . . .
But they look old and you don't! Tell them you might get something like that when you get old like them!

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I was at the Kawasaki dealer picking up my new license plate and sat on the '09 Versys they still have and noticed the speedometer/tach cluster is mounted very stiff compared to how it is on my '10 so that's probably what causes the buzz that is noticed on the older models. Guess I am glad I waited for the '10 and paid more in doing so. I'm at just over 1000 miles now and did 150 miles running around with some friends that both bought new bikes too. They saw mine and had to "one up" me. LOL! One has a GIANT Triumph 1500cc+ monster and the other one has a Harley with a 1500cc+ engine as well. They joke with me saying some day I will grow up and buy a real motorcycle. HA! If only they knew how much fun they could have on a Versys and at HALF what they paid for their monster machines. Here is a pic of us last Sunday. I am the only one with proper gear too. Oh well . . .
DBL That guy on the RED bike, looks like he has got a spare tank in his belly. Good for you to be in full gear
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Shorts & sneakers... Good grief!

Id guess that theyve never gone down at speed. Once they do... the usual routine is that they either gear up... or they never again saddle up.
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Yeah, I have always looked younger than I really am. I got carded when buying alcohol well into my late 30's. Hard to believe I'll be 49 on May 30th. The guy on the red bike, with the spare tank in his belly (HA!), will be 50 in January '11 and the guy with the Harley just turned 49, so he and I are really close in age. Main difference is both of the other guys have grown up kids and I never had any . . . that I know of (DOH!), so I think that kept me young all these years. I am still friends with an ex-girlfriend from 1995 and she now has 3 kids: twin 7 year olds and a 2 year old and she just turned 40 but looks much older and I can see the stress she goes through with the constant screaming and yelling at the kids. I can still remember being a kid and know that yelling does no good but she won't listen to my parenting advice most likely because how could a single guy like me know ANYTHING about that? Anyway, that's another topic for another day.


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I had a 2005 Harley Sportster that would buzz and vibrate like Hell at 60mph in 5th gear. The dealer told me to go up to 65mph and it would go away. Sure enough, it did. There was an RMP range that produced a buzz. Anything above or below, it was smooth.

I wonder if 5500 rpm might just be a buzzy range?

Shoot, the 05 Sporty is smoooooooooooooth. I spent some time on an 86 before I got my 05 Sporty. No comparison.

He was right, 65 plus is the sweet spot.
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They saw mine and had to "one up" me. LOL! One has a GIANT Triumph 1500cc+ monster and the other one has a Harley with a 1500cc+ engine as well. They joke with me saying some day I will grow up and buy a real motorcycle. HA! If only they knew how much fun they could have on a Versys and at HALF what they paid for their monster machines. Here is a pic of us last Sunday. I am the only one with proper gear too. Oh well . . .
I currently own a land yacht (Vulcan 1600 Classic) and I have been looking to drop down in weight and size and either buy a sport tourer or make myself one. My friend, with a Ninja 650, could definitely walk away from me and lets not talk about the corners. On a side note, scraping boards and making sparks can sometimes be fun. Just don't let your wife drive behind you while you are doing it!

I have to wait until I find out where I am moving to so I can figure out what type of bike is going to suit my needs.
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