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has anyone tried the "lead shot in the handlebars" trick?

Discussion in 'Other Norton Motorcycles' started by seattle##gs, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. seattle##gs


    Oct 28, 2014
    the title says it all. I heard it from someone with lots of experience with brit bikes...is this folk remedy actually any good?
  2. batrider


    Aug 9, 2008
    I've used a gray liquid that you pour into the bars and then it hardens like silicone. Seemed to help some with the vibes and my hands falling asleep. If you use lead you might not be able to pop wheelies as well.
  3. CanukNortonNut


    Aug 8, 2005
    A CVMG member and buddy of mine used it for his BSA. He kept on breaking mirror attachments. He then went and re-balanced his crank.
  4. eskasteve

    eskasteve VIP MEMBER

    Sep 24, 2012
    I used a similar product called Bar Snake on my big bore two stroke off road race bikes. It was a weighted ropelike thingy that you fed into your handlebars. It seemed to help and was especially noticeable when doing 100+ desert races or rides.
  5. alan hodge

    alan hodge VIP MEMBER

    Oct 10, 2017
    I have thickwalled renthal bars on my bike they dampen quite well
  6. seattle##gs


    Oct 28, 2014
    OK...I will go down that road if nothing else but to disprove the story.
  7. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

    Dec 5, 2017
    My modern Bonneville has bar end weighted caps. If you try these solutions, I'd suggest trying a range of weights, positions because as I understand it, you're trying to damp out a certain frequency of vibration. By slightly changing the harmonic balance of the bars, you can significantly change the overall shaking.
  8. N0rt0nelectr@

    N0rt0nelectr@ VIP MEMBER

    Sep 15, 2014
    Years ago I had a 72 XS650 Yamaha it came factory with lead in the bars.
    John in Texas
  9. ashman


    Jul 11, 2010
    I went the same way on my hot 850 Featherbed, no more vibes in the handlebar.


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