With regards to handlebars.... Iím still new to the Versys thing and I was riding yesterday for a couple hours. I was noticing a fair amount of vibration in my hands and am wondering is that common on the Versys? Iím wondering if weighted bar ends are helpful. Is this common? Iíve got a 2014 650 with 3000 miles and am going on a 3000 mile ride the end of the month and am hoping to mitigate some of the vibration. Any thoughts/insights would be appreciated.
Also, I apologize if this hijacked the thread...
It's a 650 twin, you're gonna get some vibration. I also am trying to minimize them (though I never found them to be a problem, just figure if I'm going to do it I'll do it right). Anti-vibe risers are one option, though it's expensive - $110 for a blem Rox Riser, $137 for Motowerk, and $146 for a non-blem Rox.
Bar ends are going to be your next cheapest option. You'll see inserts as well, which vary in people's opinion of whether or not they work and how well, but in general more weight = more dampening. You can either pick up some bike-specific ones, or if you measure the interior dimensions/have aftermarket bars you can go with some of the more universal ones that use some form of expander. There's a million options (believe me, I spent about 2 hours the other night trying to decide), you can either go for the heaviest, cheapest, or prettiest.
Cheapest would be grips. A cushier grip, whether it's fancy gel or just thicker/softer rubber, should help transmit less vibrations to you.
The setup I'm going with:
Rox 2" Anti-Vibe blem risers/adapters
Mika Metals Pro 1-1/8" bars
Progrip 714 Grips (figured if they'd work on the '80s yamaha 600cc thumper I had, they'd work here)
Sato Racing Short Bar ends + Inserts.
Sato makes the heaviest bar ends that I'm aware of with their Full Size Stainless Steel set weighing in around 1lb. Adding in the inserts (7oz/side) would add nearly 2 lbs
to your bars. I went with the short because I didn't want to go that long or expensive ($90+s&h), and figure I'm good enough on vibration management with the rest of the mods. I don't know though if they make any that'd work with the OEM bars. The OEM bars for the '09 are threaded, vs most aftermarket that are just hollow. I didn't mention changing bars because I haven't really found any solid information on what does and doesn't reduce vibration - some people say steel, others aluminum, some 7/8" and others 1-1/8", braced vs unbraced, sizes, bends, etc. I went with the larger bars for durability and fitment, not vibration, so YMMV there, but it may be worth an upgrade anyways for fitment or to get some really beefy bar ends in there.