2006 VTX 1300 Vibrations?
Tried to post this earlier to no avail but it seems to be working now. Anyhoo...
So I'm fairly new to riding and definitely new to a vtwin. Bought this bike off a navy seal friend of mine. Very well cared for with only 16k miles on it. Runs great, starts up in the morning with little effort and in warm weather doesn't even need the choke really. Warms up pretty quick. Engine is fairly smooth but...
At around what I believe to be around 2000ish rpms (no tach so impossible to really tell) I get some fairly mean vibration. Once I hit that "sweet spot" it lasts for maybe 500-700 rpms or so. When cruising with a light hand on the throttle the vibes aren't that noticeable really but they are certainly there. But once I go wide open throttle from a lower rpm range (which I know is lugging it a bit, but I don't want to cruise at 3500+ rpms at all times) the vibes get pretty intense. Mostly felt in the saddle. Its not intensely uncomfortable or anything but I am a bit paranoid about "less than smooth" engine characteristics and I'm not used to a v twin so I want to make sure I catch problems early before they become big problems.
This very well may be the characteristic of the bike. Its got some loud pipes and for all I know the vibes I'm feeling may just be the sound reverberating on the chassis. The mirrors rattle enough to make distant cars indistinguishable for their model when the vibes are at their worst but still plenty visible. Nothing I don't think one would come to expect from a motorcycle with a v twin rumbling. Its just those intense vibes in the seat in that very specific rpm range that has me paranoid.
So my question is this. Is this normal? Am I just being over critical or should this thing be as smooth as a car through all the rpm ranges? How much vibration is normal and what is considered "too much"? I'm more than comfortable with the feeling of what's going on. I just want to know it's normal so I can be at peace with it. And if it's not, what I need to do to fix it.
I've already put a wrench to all the motor mounts and everything was tight and the engine is snug to the frame as you would expect it to be. When revving up in neutral while sitting in my garage the motor doesn't visibly shake or act weird or anything. Only mod the bike has performance wise is a kuryakyn hypercharger with jets and all that, and I dunno what's going on with the exhaust but it's beastly loud and the videos I've seen of these stock seem to be quieter so he may have done something with the exhaust. I recently changed all the lube and swapped out the spark plugs. Idles like a machine gun. Steady and with gusto.
Can anyone elaborate here?