Anybody use the Vibranator handlebar anti-vibration device
Will they work with the Avon heated grips?
I've had Vibranators on for two seasons now. I put them on when I was installing my HeliBars. More important than vibration reduction, I wanted bar ends that were black (to match the handlebars) and classy looking.
After a couple of emails to the vendor, this is the model I bought:
All CBR; ALL Goldwings; VFR800; Blackbird; CB900F/919
(And, yes, that picture shows gold-colored guts, while the ones I received have silver insides. See the pic below.)
In that spring of '14, I did do a test ride (maybe half an hour, as I recall) without any bar ends installed. And then another ride, with the Vibranators put back on. There was not
a dramatic difference, but, yes, they did help. OTOH, I do not have a lot of vibration to begin with (except, of course, when the throttle is WFO, in which case nothing will dampen a big twin, and you generally don't care when you're doing that).
On my Burgman 650, I had Manic Salamander bar ends, which were also nice looking and fairly heavy. But those don't have any trick stuff inside -- just bar ends.
Perhaps the heaviest bar end weights are made by HVMP: HVMP Motorcycle Bar Ends to Reduce Vibrations
. The editor of webBikeWorld wrote an article recently on bar ends, and those were mentioned there: Handlebar End Weights - webBikeWorld
. However, I'm not sure whether they have some that will fit.
Speaking of fitting, I'm not familiar with Avon heated grips. It seems to me, however, that if there's no wiring or anything else actually inside the handlebars, you shouldn't have a problem.
Another possible plan of attack would be to get Grip Puppies or something similar. I don't have these on my XCT, but I did have them on the Big Burger (mostly because those 7/8" bars and grips were too small for my hands). And I've read that heat will be transferred through them (but then they'd cover nice looking grips).
And yet another possible solution would be to get gloves that handle vibration better. I have a few pairs of Qwi gloves, for instance; see Qwi Gloves For Hand Pain & Numbness: Qwi Motorcycle Gloves
and Qwi Motorcycle Gloves For Hand Pain & Numbness: Buy Here
. I have the insulated ones for cooler weather, and I even use one of their trucker models (no protection for riding) for mowing the lawn. They tend to run small, so be careful about the sizing if you decide to buy any of these.
Last, I was thinking about our prior ride yesterday. I had to turn in some plates to DMV, so I rode to the office in Margaretville. Once I got in your neck of the woods, it gave me about 50 miles of riding south on Rt. 30. Always a nice road, and the foliage was starting to look pretty good.