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What is the best riding bike, concerning vibration. I have tendanitis, as well as mild arthritis, and I need to smooth out my ride.

My Rubber mounted 04 Sporty isn't doin' it for me....I still have numb ass wrists and arms after a couple hours.

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jason_21218 said:
What is the best riding bike, concerning vibration. I have tendanitis, as well as mild arthritis, and I need to smooth out my ride.

My Rubber mounted 04 Sporty isn't doin' it for me....I still have numb ass wrists and arms after a couple hours.

Thanks
Probably any of the softail models with the balanced motor. Some people
say they vibrate at a certain rpm. Mine doesn't.
 

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Have you tried a bar snake or bar end weights? Possibly a set of bars with a different bend? Is the torque on the handlebar mounts set correctly? A windshield or fairing will take a lot of stress off of your wrists and arms.
If you do trade bikes the Electra Glide has a reputation of taking care of it's riders.
 

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I would think balanced motor, would be good too. I hear they wine a bit at 70, but that also seems to depend on who you talk to.
I guess ideally if you had the cash, would be to balance a rubber mounted motor. But that probably something you don't want to get int.

Never ridden a sporty, but I know my bike smooths out aftr taking off. I would think a rubber mounted sporty would too.

I would try some type of iso grips, maybe differant bars. Maybe risers, change the posistion. I would look into this first, or even rent one, before spending the money. would hate to see you spend the money and not be any better off.
 

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I have read that H-D engineers could make their bikes smooth as glass if they wanted to, but that's not what their customer wants in a Harley.I've ridden softtails and dynas and think I my 06 FXDBI is the smoothest motor at cruise. I haven't tried a V-Rod, so perhaps it is smoother?:dunno:
 

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One that is is not running...LOL:D :roflback: :roflback:

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I have read that H-D engineers could make their bikes smooth as glass if they wanted to, but that's not what their customer wants in a Harley.I've ridden softtails and dynas and think I my 06 FXDBI is the smoothest motor at cruise. I haven't tried a V-Rod, so perhaps it is smoother?:dunno:
 

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jason_21218 said:
What is the best riding bike, concerning vibration. I have tendanitis, as well as mild arthritis, and I need to smooth out my ride.

My Rubber mounted 04 Sporty isn't doin' it for me....I still have numb ass wrists and arms after a couple hours.

Thanks
Loosen your grip on the bars and put more of your weight on the foot pegs. A windshield helps a lot.
I have tendanitis,carpo tunnel,tennis elbow,arthritis,and a few other things from working auto assembly lines most of my life.
 

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I have never riden a new sporty but it is hard for me to understand how one could shake enough to be bothersome.My old solid mount EVO never shook enough to bother me,now my son's 1993 sporty.. that's a shaker.:blink:
 

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There is some type of vibration in every motor. I think that if the vibration is felt at your favorite riding speed it becomes an issue.

I know lots of guys with older HD models that complain of the 'buzz' in footpegs. Some guys have had their feet vibrate off the pedal.

I've owned several in-line motorcycles that buzz upon acceleration. Since I don't ride with my bikes at redline much, it's not an issue for me. I could see where a cafe' racer would feel constant handgrip vibration.

I currently own a 95-inch 2004 Dyna. A V-twin engine that big has got to be squirreling around somewhat.

I don't drive super-fast; I'm mainly a fair-weather Sunday driver now. 'Normal' highway speeds are comfortable, and frankly, I don't feel anything at all.

BTW, I always wear gloves and cycle boots. I think that dampens buzz, as well.
 

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jason_21218 said:
What is the best riding bike, concerning vibration. I have tendanitis, as well as mild arthritis, and I need to smooth out my ride.

My Rubber mounted 04 Sporty isn't doin' it for me....I still have numb ass wrists and arms after a couple hours.

Thanks
Hello-

I love my Glide, as I believe they are the Caddilacs of the product line, but it's still a Harley.

There will always be some form of vibration,

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Physically, are you relaxed when you're riding ?...I can ride my Evo at 85-90mph , and I am at complete peace, and this thing is about as far from my Glide, as night is to day.

The old Evo's vibrate like a Harley is suppose to!....lol

In my opinion, when you're riding, if you are not relaxed enough to take your hands off the handle bars, then some of your problem may be more mental, than mechanical.

Riding, in general, is physically stressful over long periods of time. You can tone down some of that discomfort with a better bike like the Glide, but in the end, it's still a V-twin.

As the say, you can take a girl out of the country...well, you know the rest.

I wish you well,
David
 

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05fatty said:
this would be my selection as well. EGs vibrate quite a bit until you get up to a decent highway speed.

Don't mean to contradict but at anything over an idle, my Ultra (EG) is every bit as smooth as my former 1994 Goldwing. Vibration is not a problem at all.
 

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My Road Glide is very smooth, compared to my old softail, it's night and day. One thing not to be discounted, is the value of cruise control to those of us who have problems with our hands, wrists, arms, and joints. Being to take your right hand off the bars any time even when you do it for just a few seconds makes a big difference to me and I have carpel tunnel and arthritis and quite frankly couldn't do much more that local riding if it weren't for my cruise control.
So, get a touring bike with cruise control and your pain and suffering will be greatly diminished.......

I didn't think the Sportsters got the rubber mount til 05???
 

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My Road Glide is very smooth, compared to my old softail, it's night and day. One thing not to be discounted, is the value of cruise control to those of us who have problems with our hands, wrists, arms, and joints. Being to take your right hand off the bars any time even when you do it for just a few seconds makes a big difference to me and I have carpel tunnel and arthritis and quite frankly couldn't do much more that local riding if it weren't for my cruise control.
So, get a touring bike with cruise control and your pain and suffering will be greatly diminished.......

I didn't think the Sportsters got the rubber mount til 05???

That's a very good point regarding the value of cruise control. When it's engaged on the road, it enables the proud owner to maintain a lighter touch on the bars, especially the throttle area. I recall that my arm would start aching after about an hour riding a non-cruise bike.

2004 was the first year of the rubber-mounted Sportster. A very good improvement, so I'm told. If you complain about a rubber-mounted Sporty, it probably means that you've never ridden a non-rubber-mounted one. :)

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