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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-16-2016, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Is it supposed to shake like that?

Just acquired a 2003 1600, moving up from a VN900. Love the power, but I'm surprised at the amount of vibration. Really feel it in my feet, and at certain speeds the entire instrument cluster is vibrating enough to make a buzz that I can hear with FF helmet and ear plugs. I have found that keeping the revs up takes most of it away.

So do I just need to adjust my shifting habits (get used to 80km/h in 3rd), or are there things I should be checking out?

Bike has 21,000 km, and is immaculate. Prev owner I know, in a small town way, and he is pretty finicky about maintenance on anything. But maybe that just extended to oil changes.

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Idk If its much help, but maybe do a quick check to make sure everything is tight?

I have an 04 1600 classic, with about 60k miles on it. I've noticed at about 65-75 mph (104-120 kmh) my feet get a good vibration to them. I also got a really bad buzzing noise, but found out the chrome shield on one of my pipes was loose.

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I got my 06 1600 after having ridden a 04 V-Star 650 and was immediately impressed by how smooth it was. It actually very nearly got me in trouble a few times because I inherently knew how fast the V-Star was going by the feel. I went into more than one corner just a tad bit hot

I know these are geared fairly tall and shifting too early can cause them to lug a fair bit. Just as an example, the total gearing (from engine RPM to road speed) for the 1600 SECOND gear is identical to the FOURTH gear on my old 650.
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I get extra vibration in my 1600 Nomad at a certain higher RPM range & I think that is just normal for a v-twin. Mine is usually around 80-85 MPH in 5th gear.

I've had a loose heat shield before as well and I took muffler tape, cut it in half, rolled each half up like a cigarette, wedged them under the heat shield, ran the bike to heat them up, and voila! no more rattle. It's been solid for a year, so I don't think I will have any more issues with it.
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As an add to what others have said:


These engines do like "some" revs...
Meaning, keep it above at least 1500 rpm and get a tach BTW...
If you're feeling lots of vibrations, down shift...
She's telling you that your in too high of a gear...


For reference, 60 mph is around 1600 rpms in 5th gear...


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Hi enderbyte
You wrote "I have found that keeping the revs up takes most of it away." Sort of backwards from what you might expect. I would also recommend you check to make sure everything is tight especially engine mounts. And look to see if there are any cracks/broken mounts or attachment bolts. I never owned a 1600 so I can offer much more help.
If it were mine I would take it to a good shop or mechanic familiar with these bikes and have them check it out.
Good luck with the new bike.
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You know I ordered a set of balance beads.might want to try them,and keep a eye on presures

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You know I ordered a set of balance beads.might want to try them,and keep a eye on presures

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If you like the balance beads, try Ride-On tire sealer. The balancing effect of the beads with extra puncture sealing peace of mind. I put this in mine with the new tires and no weights, smooth as glass.
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I would NOT describe my 05 1600 classic have any vibration.

At a stop, if I rev engine, on wind down the chrome instrument housing on the tank "buzzes" at a certain RPM but that's about it.

Hate that BTW

I like smoke and lightning.
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