Gen1 vs Gen2 vibrations

jalal

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I just moved from a 2012 with 24K to a 2017 with (now) 2K. I notice much less vibration on the bottom end (~1k-4.5K RPM) on the new bike. I presume that is due to the improved clutch basket on the Gen 2 bikes. Once the bike revs at or above 5K RPM it feels like it vibrates (mostly in the bars) more than the old bike. I don't spend much time at the higher RPMs, but sometimes I delay an upshift if there is another tight corner coming up.

It is possible this is all in my head and the vibration feels more pronounced only because they are so minimal at the lower RPMs so I tend to notice them more. For the folks that have extensive seat time on old and new bikes did you notice the variation difference that i see ?

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I too have a '17. I heard talk about how after 5k miles, the bike performed better. Didn't pay much attention to it, but now think it to be true. It revs quicker/easier, and seems to have more "go". I've never ridden a Gen 1, so I can't compare, but mine really doesn't feel any different above 2,500 rpm. . . . all the way up to "redline".
 

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When I swapped the clutch basket on my 2012 to a 2014 basket, I noticed more handlebar vibration at higher RPM. So I don't think it's all in your head.
The way people describe the vibrations from "none" to "I have to get a different bike", either the bikes vary enormously from bike to bike, or people vary enormously. I'm thinking it's the people that vary the most. :)
My 2012 vibrates less than any other twin I've had, but more than any four I've had. I think that's about where I'd expect it to be.
 

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I am still getting used to not having a redline on the Tach. The new digital dash is nice, but they really needed to make the ‘redline’ easier to spot.
The ECU will protect the engine, regardless of what redline is shown. It won't take long till your ear knows it is time to shift or the power will be cut.
 

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The ECU will protect the engine, regardless of what redline is shown. It won't take long till your ear knows it is time to shift or the power will be cut.
To me it seems almost unbelievable that there is no redline ! And no my bike has never been to wherever the redline is supposed to be, I’m just not that type of operator anymore, my younger days were a little different but not much.
 

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I've never payed too much attention to "redlines". Most engines have power curves that drop off before you reach it. I shift when the engine starts to leave it's sweet spot. Oddly enough, my current Jeep seems to shut off, 6.5k, before it reaches it's peak.
 

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To me it seems almost unbelievable that there is no redline ! And no my bike has never been to wherever the redline is supposed to be, I’m just not that type of operator anymore, my younger days were a little different but not much.
There's an area of the tach where the bar segments are larger above about 7,800 RPM (see pic). The manual says not to rev the engine into this area. I regard that first elongated segment as the red line. The limiter will cut in shortly after that point. There's not a lot to be had, power wise, past about 7K so I don't see the need to access those RPMs in any regular fasion.

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I had a 2012 that I thought of as a 'chugger' with loping vibration at around 3k rpm, but smooth enough for higher rpm work. Then I bought a 2014 when they came out, and definitely thought it was smoother, though now, at around 25k miles, it's becoming more vibey (time for a valve adjust and TB balance no doubt). After I got my 2014, I rode a friend's 2012 that was identical to the one I had and it was smoother than my 2014 I thought. Go figure. I think there's a lot of variability from bike to bike with this model, and mine is only anecdotal evidence really.
 

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. . . . There's not a lot to be had, power wise, past about 7K so I don't see the need to access those RPMs in any regular fasion.
Found a power curve graph. Shows max HP at 7,400rpm. I'm with you, even when I'm "cleaning the valves", I generally shift at/by 7 grand; more doesn't necessarily mean more. Around town, 2nd/3rd gear work wonderfully when paired with the torque.
 

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good morning all , just found this thread . my 12 was all ways a smooth hardly notice vibrations bike . my 19 is a lot more vibes everywhere in the rev s..... but I have not put many miles on the new bike as of this time ,so time and miles might improve it ,we will see. the 19 is the mpg champ of the two , pretty amazed at how much more efficient the 19 seems to be over the 12. the 12 is the grunt tractor pull a plow bike over the 19 . my opinion might change as I put more miles on the new bike . there is a lot about the 12 I miss , and a lot about the 19 I'm not sure about ....... and there things about the 12 I will not miss... life moves on.
 
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