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i has the vibbrations

First ride of the season today on my, new to me, 08. I have a very, very loud vibration coming from the plastic dash (top piece) at ~4000RPM. Putting my hand there stops the noise. Is this a common issue? What is the fix?

Overall vibration seems to be quite a bit stronger than what I remember from test driving the 10 versys. Gonna loosen up the frame attachment of my Motech engine bars and see if it has an effect.

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Ride a Harley (or a 450 4str dirt bike) for a bit....then ride your Versys. It will vibrate less afterwards.


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First ride of the season today on my, new to me, 08. I have a very, very loud vibration coming from the plastic dash (top piece) at ~4000RPM.... What is the fix?
Start wearing ear plugs. Not even kidding.
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Go to the "SEARCH" function, cowling buzz. MOST of us have fixed it, and/ or wear ear-plugs!

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Easy fix, foam tape the contact points of the cowling. Took me 30 minutes.

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Earplugs - takes me 30 seconds and gets rid of wind noise as a bonus.

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I just pulled the panels off, looked for where it had been buzzing, and glued pieces of inner tube rubber on each place. No buzz, no more.

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After going through a couple of iterations of taking the fairing off, making a fix, and putting things back together again I think I have this sorted out. I used foam weather stripping tape to pad just about everything as well as wire ties, to make sure everything is secured. The majority of the noise was coming from the front tab on the small plastic panel covering the top of the speedometer/tachometer.
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I shot some black RTV in the space between the dash and cowl, no disassembly. Fixed.
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I'm really surprised Kawasaki did nothing as far as offering a fix or doing a recall on this issue. It is a really annoying thing on an other wise great bike. The dash buzz on my bike was louder than the engine at 4K - maybe why the original owner sold it at 1700 miles. The 2010 demo I rode did not have any buzzing so maybe they corrected in the revision but let it continue through 09.
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I've tried everything. The only thing that works for me is ear plugs. Still love everything else about the bike and it's a keeper.
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Mine was the speedo buzz the fix is on here do a search.
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100% GUARANTEED fix for cowling buzz........


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Mine was the speedo buzz the fix is on here do a search.
I still have a little buzz from the speedo but it is not annoying like the dash buzz was. Think I'll wait till it is warmer to fix the speedo. BTW - this forum has been an invaluable tool for outfitting my bike and fixing niggles like this.
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