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Feedback from 1st long ride

So I just did a 120 mile ride this morning through mostly backroads. It lasted a few hours since I made a few stops along the way. I rode at speeds averaging probably 45-50 mph with max of 65-70 mph.

So a few thought on what bothered me on this ride.

1. Vibration - Once the bike gets over about 50-55 mph the ride really starts to suffer. This bike vibrates a lot! The vibration makes it feel like my boots are sliding off the floorboards. I installed lowers, still get buffeting on top of helmet (solved wind issue from below) but better than no lowers. A few inches higher on the windshield might help but its already at max height. No fun really, but under those speeds it's a pleasure.

I don't know how some folks can endure hours of riding at highway speeds. After 15 min at 60 mph I'd had my fill.

2. Throttle hand numbness - My right hand seems to always get numb from the palm up towards the fingers after about 30 min of riding. No problem with left hand. I'm constantly fidgeting my hand and fingers to different positions with little improvement and I dont have a death grip. Taking a break is only thing that works. This problem is more annoying to me than anything else because it affects the ride at all times. I used to have a bigger issue with the numb hands with a prior set of gloves which were to tight/small but my current gloves have ample fit (2XL).

If I could solve the numb hand and keep the speeds relatively low, I could ride and enjoy the bike all day.

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Modified drive will nearly eliminate the vibration. Check your tires for excessive wear as well. Vista Cruiser throttle lock helped me and also the Cramp Buster to allow the heal of the hand to rest and give your grip a rest while still maintaining speed.

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Modified drive will nearly eliminate the vibration. Check your tires for excessive wear as well. Vista Cruiser throttle lock helped me and also the Cramp Buster to allow the heal of the hand to rest and give your grip a rest while still maintaining speed.

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I'm looking into the CrampBuster and replacement grips:

https://www.amazon.com/Krator%C2%AE-...krator+1+grips

https://www.amazon.com/Crampbuster-C...ds=Crampbuster

Or should I go with the Kuryakyn ISO grips?

The tires don't look bad or worn. Air pressure is good.

As far as drive upgrade, not for me. I'd rather just upgrade to another bike at that point which is the plan at some future point anyways.

I had a Vista Cruiser Throttle lock and threw it away. It was binding the throttle and more dangerous than helpful in my case. I'd like a good throttle lock but pricey.

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At 50-55 in 5th gear, you should still have a pretty smooth ride. When you get into 65-70 in 5th gear, you should get into some more serious vibrations. It is a motorcycle and the vibrations are part of the visceral experience. Maybe there is some tuning issue or something else going on.

You need the right size grips to help your hands and a relaxed grip, just enough for operation. I had a throttle lock and liked it a lot for extended rides but not good for short rides around time in traffic. I used the omni-cruise and a twist of the throttle would end the locked position. It worked great!
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At 50-55 in 5th gear, you should still have a pretty smooth ride. When you get into 65-70 in 5th gear, you should get into some more serious vibrations. It is a motorcycle and the vibrations are part of the visceral experience. Maybe there is some tuning issue or something else going on.

You need the right size grips to help your hands and a relaxed grip, just enough for operation. I had a throttle lock and liked it a lot for extended rides but not good for short rides around time in traffic. I used the omni-cruise and a twist of the throttle would end the locked position. It worked great!
It's not really bad at 50, maybe a little helmet buffeting, above that is where it goes downhill. Maybe wheels need balancing though I don't get that feeling. I don't mind vibrations but I feel it's way too much in my case, especially after 60. It feels like high-rev vibrations too me. I now see why everyone longed for a 6th gear and why many install DJ drives.

That omni-cruise looks weird but a lot cheaper than the Brakeaway cruise-lock.

I relaxed my grip as much as possible on the throttle. I think larger, better grips like the Kuryakyn ISO Grips along with a Crampbuster would help.
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I have the ISO grips with the palmrest and it made a world of difference on my riding, plus I bought a mustang seat.
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I have the ISO grips with the palmrest and it made a world of difference on my riding, plus I bought a mustang seat.
I'm pretty much sold on the ISO grips with palm rest. Already have the Mustang seats and they are comfy.

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Look into a Laminar Lip for the top of your windshield to eliminate the buffeting at the top of your helmet. I installed one on my C50 and have nearly as still a ride as I had on my 1800 Goldwing with an extra tall windshield. When you do all the vibration you have left will be from the motor and drive train. I find it acceptable at anything less than 65mph indicated (60 actual) and can tolerate speeds above that for awhile.

http://laminarlip.com/

I also bought and installed a BreakAway throttle lock. The one for the Suzuki C50 is also a fit for numerous other makes and models as long as they have 1" handlebars so your investment should go a long way.

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As far as the foot boards go, I found them uncomfortable because the angle relative to horizontal was too shallow. I drilled and tapped the steel mounting bracket under the foot boards to accept an M10x12.5 bolt from the bottom. I used the bolt to adjust the angle of the outside of the foot board upward so that when my feet are resting flat on the board my knees are pressed in toward the center line of the bike. I'm 6'2" and I found a much more comfortable riding position by doing this.
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When the wife and I leave the house and the kids for the day we don't come back until we've really done some sightseeing usually we run for 10 to 12 hours mostly on Southern Wisconsin's 2 lane back roads during the day and the Interstate roads to get home quicker if we spent too much time sightseeing, most of the day is 35 to 60 miles per hour and the ride home on the interstate is somewhere around 75 to 80 miles per hour, by the end of the day we've usually rode around 3 to 5 hundred miles or more.
Kuryakyn ISO grips and the Breakaway throttle lock are pricey yes but worth every penny, as you already know a comfy seat makes a big difference but so does the DJ drive and for only a few hundred dollars it's a lot cheaper than a different bike, besides when you do decide to sell the bike you can take the DJ drive off and resell it here and recoup most of your money, in my opinion it's also worth every penny.

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When the wife and I leave the house and the kids for the day we don't come back until we've really done some sightseeing usually we run for 10 to 12 hours mostly on Southern Wisconsin's 2 lane back roads during the day and the Interstate roads to get home quicker if we spent too much time sightseeing, most of the day is 35 to 60 miles per hour and the ride home on the interstate is somewhere around 75 to 80 miles per hour, by the end of the day we've usually rode around 3 to 5 hundred miles or more.
Kuryakyn ISO grips and the Breakaway throttle lock are pricey yes but worth every penny, as you already know a comfy seat makes a big difference but so does the DJ drive and for only a few hundred dollars it's a lot cheaper than a different bike, besides when you do decide to sell the bike you can take the DJ drive off and resell it here and recoup most of your money, in my opinion it's also worth every penny.
Wow that's a lot of riding.
So you find 75-80 mph doable with the DJ drive? It helps that much? No way I'd be doing those speeds for more than a moment, it's just miserable.

On a side note someone suggested to me that out-of-sync throttle bodies could be a cause for excessive engine vibration. That's a new one to me.
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