Honda Africa Twin Forum banner
1 - 7 of 7 Posts

Registered
Joined
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello

Just installed my lower SW Motech lower crash guards. Noticing what seems to be a lot more vibration, especially on the footpegs. Previously removed the rubber dampers from the foot pegs so I had better grip when off road.

Has anyone else experienced this, or, if so, any solutions?

I do have the upper crash guards as well and was going to wait a while before installing.

Thanks
Tire Wheel Fuel tank Land vehicle Automotive fuel system
 

Registered
Joined
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
I would try to loosen all the bolts and then retorquing them first. Like the others have said the bars themselves are stiffening the frame and not allowing it to flex as it was intended to do, maybe? Worth a shot.
Thanks. I did that last night and it seemed to help. Loosened off everything, and then went from left to right to retorque
 

Registered
Joined
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
What are crashbar bags?
I had a real problem with SW Motech crashbars on a KLR some years ago. The bars would act like a tuning fork and amplify vibration. They ended up changing the design and replacing them.

There is no doubt some crashbar designs can cause vibration. Check that the mounting is correct and the bolts are tightened correctly. I would call SW Moth and ask them what to do. They may offer you some suggestions - more likely they will simply say they've never heard of an issue.
Yes, I sent SW Motech a message and they basically said that there had been no previous complaints....LOL
 

Registered
Joined
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Sorry to hear about the vibes but nothing to offer except sympathy I'm afraid. Could you please let me know where you got your knee/tank protectors from? Your bike looks awesome by the way.
The knee / Tank protectors have the brand name TechSpec. I purchased the bike used so, no idea where they were originally purchased.

Hood Automotive tire Grille Automotive design Vehicle
 

Registered
Joined
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Just a thought. My bars weren't that well aligned on 2017 so I was worried the engine mounting bolts and spacers etc might not be properly aligned as I tightened it all up and they pulled in. Could still hit torque figures distorted but could affect vibration. Tightening procedure important. No increased vibration felt on mine. If I had , that's where I'd look first. I like them. They work with barkbusters on low speed drops and look good I think.
How did you do you tightening procedure? Front to Back, left to right?
 

Registered
Joined
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #21 ·
Hey FranklinBC. Just installed my (crash bars engine guards, skid plate all OM) last weekend. I notice the vibration in the foot pegs as well and different clutch noise due to the skid plate resonance. it's been a week now. I relooked at the bolt torques. I've been out three times since and I do not notice the vibration as much any more (acclimatized to it???). But the resonance for the plate is what it is. Don't know if my comment is of any service or reassurance to you. P.S.: nice rubbers! Tank pads are from where?
Thanks. It does seem to be better now that I retorqued most everything, I might give it a couple more rides and then do it again after everything as settled

The tank pads are TECHSPEC. They came with the bike so not sure where to order.
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top