Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Front Motor Mount
1. Take a good look at the lower front motor mount. This can be the culprit of "excessive vibration" even when the motor is revving at cruising speed. The bike is an 01, right now that is 15 production model years old. Depending on the mileage, if the oil filter was changed only once a year that is 15 times that the oil from the filter removal had a chance to spill down onto the front lower motor mount when the filter was changed. Even with the most care and attention, some oil can trickle down to the lower motor mount.
2. Those motor mounts were/are rubber. Over time oil and rubber do not do well together. Rubber loses the battle.
3. Replacing a front motor mount is the easiest thing to do without spending a ton of money. There are aftermarket front motor mounts, Glidepro, is one that I have used. You can replace it with a stock mount and see if that makes a difference.
4. The age of the bike and where you sourced it from. 15 years old and residing a fairly humid climate with salt in the air leads to corrosion. Inspect the bike thoroughly, look at all bolts behind the saddlebags and every connection point on the bike held together by bolts. Clean the frame thoroughly especially under the motor and inspect all the welds. Look for cracked paint and rust. The paint on the frame is to protect it from corrosion. If there cracked paint and rust, remove it back to paint that is tightly adhered, repaint the exposed areas with a quality undercoat and then with a good quality black rust paint.
Two things I would recommend that you do; get a service manual for your bike, if you don't already have one, buy a good torque wrench, not crazy expensive digital one but a good dial torque wrench in inch/pounds or n/m.
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