How To Reduce Motorcycle Vibrations
by ROGER HEUMANN on Aug 21, 2021
If you ride your motorcycle for any length of time, you might notice that the vibrations from the engine are causing hand numbness. There are a number of things you can do in order to prevent hand numbness. You will want to get a pair of Olympia 610 Anti-Vibe Adjustable Gel Gloves to increase your level of comfort and decrease hand numbness. You can also reduce the overall vibrations your bike’s engine puts out and here’s how.
Fill the Engine Oil
Some motorcycles start to vibrate more as you put on the miles because of friction and heat. If you are low on engine oil, the internal components are not getting properly lubricated and that leads to a hot engine and more vibrations. Check the oil level from time to time and fill it up regularly. If you have insufficient oil, you might damage the engine and cause hand numbness at the same time.
Change the Engine Oil
If the oil in your engine is thick and dirty, it can’t flow through the bike properly. It will have a low flow rate and will only get thicker and dirtier. As this continues, it will start to burn hotter and increase the vibrations. Make sure you change the oil regularly and get the recommended grade and style for your engine.
Check the Chain
The chain is an important aspect of any motorcycle because it transfers the engine’s power to the wheels. It needs to be adjusted and lubricated on a regular basis in order to stay in working order. Tight chains can put the load on the engine and cause a harsh ride. Chains that are too slack increase the tension in the engine. Tension can create vibrations in the footrest that can move all the way up to the handlebars. Check the chain every 500 kms to see if it needs adjustments and oil it every week.
Configure Brakes and Disks
The rear brake should have a little free play so if it is tight, you are likely running the motorcycle while it is engaged. This can cause the rear wheel to get hot and vibrate the bike. Check the disk alignments and rear brake often to make sure they are lined up properly and not causing the vibrations.
Issues with Valve Tappets
If the valve tappets are not set right they can increase engine vibrations. They will also vibrate the bike if one is too loose and the other too tight. Each tappet has a correct setting and you need to check in on that frequently.
Change Air Filters
The air filters themselves do not cause vibration, but it is a good idea to change and clean them regularly. Dirty and clogged filters can lead to issues within the bike that do cause the vibrations.
Use these tips to maintain your motorcycle on a regular basis so you can reduce the vibration as much as possible and forget about hand numbness. Keeping tabs on motorcycle maintenance will give you a more comfortable, safe ride every time.