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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2018, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Bark Buster buzz

I've installed a set of Barkbuster's. After the installation it became evident that this accessory has caused a high frequency buzz in both grips that was not there in the past. It's so bothersome that within ten miles both hands become numb. The only cause I've come up with to account for this; any handlebar damping from stock was removed with the increased stiffness of the clamped on busters. To test this I left the Barkbuster's on and removed the inside clamp. Vibrations are gone.

So, now I'm left to some up with some alternate more flexy means to attach them. Anyone else have a similar experience and resolution?

so it goes...
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-14-2018, 12:48 PM
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i have BB storm that are NOT attached to the bar end. even riding, they really don't vibrate. are yours attached both at the bar end and proximally ? i know you tested the hypothesis, but if your BB's are vibrating, it would imply your handle bars are sending engine vibration to the hand guards.
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What year is your V, PARIAH?

When I installed handguards on my '08 and '09 V650s, I used ZETA XC guards, which required removing the bar-end weights.

I've ridden the '08 OVER 50K miles that way, and no particular problem w/ vibes....




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First ensure that the barkbusters fit without being under tension. That is a vibration maker for sure. Loosen all bolts and attempt to resecure with all parts square and matching.

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What year is your V, PARIAH?

When I installed handguards on my '08 and '09 V650s, I used ZETA XC guards, which required removing the bar-end weights.

I've ridden the '08 OVER 50K miles that way, and no particular problem w/ vibes....



It's a 2017 and the Bark Busters look almost identical to yours. Like yours the bar end weights were removed. From your photo the inside mount appears to be different though.

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Yes, I've remounted several times and the only way to not have tension from the aluminum rib would be to rebend it.

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I've installed a set of Barkbuster's. After the installation it became evident that this accessory has caused a high frequency buzz in both grips that was not there in the past. It's so bothersome that within ten miles both hands become numb. The only cause I've come up with to account for this; any handlebar damping from stock was removed with the increased stiffness of the clamped on busters. To test this I left the Barkbuster's on and removed the inside clamp. Vibrations are gone.

So, now I'm left to some up with some alternate more flexy means to attach them. Anyone else have a similar experience and resolution?
Leave it as it is and add grippuppies. The foam will dampen the vibrations
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-29-2018, 08:51 AM
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My set of busters came with endweights. Sorry not near the bike right now, but here's a screen shot. You can see the black spacer after the grip before the buster.
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My set of busters came with endweights. Sorry not near the bike right now, but here's a screen shot. You can see the black spacer after the grip before the buster.
Looks like the ones that came with mine.

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You can kinda see what I've done with the BB's in this pic. Maybe I'll try to bend the aluminum bars this winter to more closely align with the bars.



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As in the title, I have a 2015, no problems


Note the bar end weights that came with the kit.






No close up of clutch side, this is doing the vacuum sync, as you can see, weight on this side as well
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^ I've got the same weights.

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^ I've got the same weights.
I have heated grips, in my photo the end weight is the same diameter as the grips, maybe your grips are oversize or grip puppies as the weights in your photo are smaller diameter than the grips, or it is a optical illusion.
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^ The weights are the same size as the grips.

One thing I didn't see in your photos was the inboard attachment clamp. These BB's don't allow any flexibility where the bar-rib connects to the rod that then connects to the handlebar clamp. If there was some ability to make adjustments at that point I don't think I'd have an issue.

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Have the same problem as the OP

Really bad
Worst than what it was before I got the Duke aftermarket mirror and the motowerk mirror extension (OEM configuration that is)

Did try the "lossen everything and try to fit without bending and forcing anything", to no avail

Considering removing the BB

LOP

Edit; have smallish bar end from BB ... but don't look as bulky as what's being showed on previous pic

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^ good to know I'm not alone.

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It's a 2017 and the Bark Busters look almost identical to yours. Like yours the bar end weights were removed. From your photo the inside mount appears to be different though.
it would seem that part of the problem is the removal of the bar end weights.
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it would seem that part of the problem is the removal of the bar end weights.
I'll go back and modify the first post. The stock bar end weights were removed.

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