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Old 08-27-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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Has anyone removed their bar ends from their bike? If so, any noticeable difference on vibration / fatigue? I'm looking at replacing my grips and the answer to my question will determine what grips to go with.
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The heavier the bar end the more vibration is absorbed in the bars.

My 600 doesn't have them since I lost one of a trip to Dallas, swapped the left to the right so I can make it there and hadn't ridden the bike much outside of the woodlands to begin with so I leave them off.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:39 AM   #3
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I would keep them. Just my .02.
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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Here's my dilemma, these are the grips I like the best. As you see, not opened end...and the graphic on the end is a nice touch....would hate to cut a hole into it for bar ends if it's not going to make a huge difference. I also usually ride no more than 2 hours in a stretch. So wondering if the trade off would be worth it
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If you don't ride for long durations of time you won't notice much. If you had aftermarket clip-on's you could just slide the grips over the bar ends because there is no diameter difference between the bar and bar end on aftermarket clip-ons as there is on stock.
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id never ride a bike w/o bar ends. the vibration is insane at 70+
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All new grips i've gotten I had to cut
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id never ride a bike w/o bar ends. the vibration is insane at 70+
Agreed, and I would keep the stock grips too.
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The heavier the bar end the more vibration is absorbed in the bars.
^^Not true

changing bar ends or removing them changes the natural vibrational frequency of the bars. This just means that you will feel more vibration at different rpm than stock. Every bike and every set of bars will be different.

I have a '07 CBR that I swapped out the bar ends to lighter ones, and during normal riding I cant feel a difference. I had a freind with an old intercepter, he went to heavier bar ends because he got a lot of vibration in the bars at about 70 mph. With the new bar ends, the bars vibrated more at about 55 mph but there was almost no vibration at 70 mph.

Swapping or removing bar ends is simply a trade off, experiment and find what you like.

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If you don't ride for long durations of time you won't notice much. If you had aftermarket clip-on's you could just slide the grips over the bar ends because there is no diameter difference between the bar and bar end on aftermarket clip-ons as there is on stock.
Thanks for the heads up. I have stock bar ends right now. But I do like your idea. I would still have to cut them especially throttle grip. But with bar ends that are same diameter I'll be able to maintain the look of the grip. Besides, they're only $10...nothing to lose.
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I had a freind with an old intercepter, he went to heavier bar ends because he got a lot of vibration in the bars at about 70 mph. With the new bar ends, the bars vibrated more at about 55 mph but there was almost no vibration at 70 mph.
I hadn't experienced that before w bikes, engines, custom exhausts or suspensions.
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+1. Yet to seen aftermarket grips I didn't have to cut at least a lil bit.
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Leave the bar ends off and fill the bars with bird shot. Will do the same thing and change the resonance frequency yet you wont have to cut the grips.
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I hadn't experienced that before w bikes, engines, custom exhausts or suspensions.
I'm an engineer, and he was a classmate of mine. This was what he used as final project for a vibrations class. He actually put accelerometers on the bars and did data logging while riding. Then he used some data filters to remove data due to vibrations from bumps in the road. The vibration or buzzing in the bars is a function of the engine rpm. How much the vibration is felt is a combination of the design of the bars (including bar ends), steering head, engine and frame. It doesn't have anything to do with the exhaust or suspension. That said, suspension will put its own vibration into the bars, but bar ends can do nothing to ease that. Grips are the only thing that can soften that.

Sorry if I'm coming off like a , but this is my profession...
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Use internal bar weights.
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