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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Eliminate rubber handlebar mounting?

These rubber mounted handlebars need to GO! I didn't mind it on my Aero, but that was a lot lazier of a bike than my 86 1100. I don't care about a bit of vibration, I care about precise steering control, and these are annoying!

It looks like it's just a rubber bushing in the triple clamps. So my first thought would be to use some big washers so instead of clamping on the inside sleeve of the bushing it would clamp on the actual triple clamp.

Anyone ever done this, or know of a easy kit? It would be nice having everything together before I rip into it.

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The little bit of movement with the rubber mounts should not impact your steering what so ever. Mayber your isolators are worn out. Remember the Shadow is a cruiser not a sportbike.
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Why are you STEERING a motorcycle. Did your bike come with a steering wheel? Little push on the left bar, bike goes right. Push right, go left.

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The little bit of movement with the rubber mounts should not impact your steering what so ever. Mayber your isolators are worn out. Remember the Shadow is a cruiser not a sportbike.
They may be worn a bit, but they aren't any worse than I remember my Aero being, which was much newer of a bike. And if I'm replacing them, they will be replaced with something solid either way.

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Remember the Shadow is a cruiser not a sportbike.
I despise that saying. It's got two wheels and an engine, and should be ridden however the rider wants to up to it's limits. And well with-in this bikes limits the flex in the handle bars is noticeable, although not an issue to the average rider, to me ANY flex or rubber isolator in the steering system of a motorcycle is unacceptable.

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Why are you STEERING a motorcycle. Did your bike come with a steering wheel? Little push on the left bar, bike goes right. Push right, go left.
Because I want to steer it.

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Check out polyurethange riser bushings at JP Cycle. Might be the best of both, still some vibration damping but stiffer.

My bad, seem to be only for Harley.

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Why are you STEERING a motorcycle. Did your bike come with a steering wheel? Little push on the left bar, bike goes right. Push right, go left.
Um...I don't know about you but, a little push on the left bar makes my bike go left.

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Check out polyurethange riser bushings at JP Cycle. Might be the best of both, still some vibration damping but stiffer.

My bad, seem to be only for Harley.
I could probably live with some tight poly bushings in there if it were an option. I'm gonna unbolt the bars this week and see if I get some measurements.

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Convict, get your bike up to highway speed, take your left hand off the bar, and push slightly with your right away from you. Your bike will go left. Unless you are living in a parallel dimension. It's called counter steering.

Buicknick, I hope you are happy after removing the rubber mounting. I can't imaging wanting to do that, as it sounds like a buzzing discomfort. I have never needed more control than I already have.

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