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I'm looking for an easy way to get one end of the handlebars temporarily open.

Here's what's going on. I like the TW. Much. But as we all know, it BUZZES. As a high-revving little thumper will do.

I'm an old-fart, with incipient Carpal Tunnel and some neuralgia, especially in the left hand. Vibration doesn't do it for me these days.

In my tool kit, I have a "Recoilless Hammer." Filled with steel pellets. I can whack a steel post, and it won't bounce. I want to do the same on these handlebars.

I want to pour lead shot into the handlebars to mitigate the vibration somewhat.

This should be easy...right?

Not so fast. On the left side...I have NO idea how those Yamaha line-workers put the grips on; because that one's not coming off without a utility knife. I don't want to get destructive here.

On the RIGHT side...the throttle. Of COURSE there's not enough slack in the throttle cables to get the assembly off the end of the bar.

Now, the obvious thing is to just remove the bar and then remove the throttle assembly.

Except...sizing it up...the clutch lever has to come off; and maybe the front brake lever and cylinder. That...is a LOT deeper than I wanted to get to...with my bolt-butcher skills

Anyone have a way to JUST PEEL OFF the left handgrip? That I can pour my lead shot into the handlebar and see if it does the trick?

FWIW...I did the same on my CB1100 already; and while subtle and not a complete cure, it did mitigate the vibration to where it no longer sets my left hand singing...
 

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Heat gun?
 

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I was thinking kind of from a distance, then some channel locks loosely gripping trying to get it to start twisting and then off. I have a better idea thinking about it some more. Do you have "air" available? An compressor and a air nozzle...try to get some air in there under high pressure and it should come off.
 

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If you don't have a compressor and a blow off nozzle handy, try and insert a small Phillips screwdriver to get a small channel started under the large end of the grip. Then, insert the red straw on a can of WD40 and squirt some under the grip. Twist the grip and see if you can loosen it up some. Repeat the process by inserting the screwdriver a little more, and adding some more WD40, until the entire grip is loosened up.
 

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If you don't have a compressor and a blow off nozzle handy, try and insert a small Phillips screwdriver to get a small channel started under the large end of the grip. Then, insert the red straw on a can of WD40 and squirt some under the grip. Twist the grip and see if you can loosen it up some. Repeat the process by inserting the screwdriver a little more, and adding some more WD40, until the entire grip is loosened up.
Sounds like a good idea.

No, I don't have access to compressed air. I have a tire pump and could buy a tank...but this is going to be an hours-long project.

I'm starting to think...since the grips are not that good anyway, maybe this is the excuse I need to slice them off.
 

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Sounds like a good idea.

No, I don't have access to compressed air. I have a tire pump and could buy a tank...but this is going to be an hours-long project.

I'm starting to think...since the grips are not that good anyway, maybe this is the excuse I need to slice them off.
You could always just slice the end off, and use this as a good excuse to mount up some hand guards too.
 

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You could always just slice the end off, and use this as a good excuse to mount up some hand guards too.
I thought about that, too. But if I slice the ends off, I have to have a stopper handy.

If I have hand-guards ready to install, I'm good. But right now I don't.

We get to hammering corks or stuffing paper towels in, to keep in the lead shot.
 

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First, Buy a set of Mushroom grips, soft a cushy and just what we older geezers will love. Second, cut the left side grip right off and toss that hard POS in the trash and do the same on the right throttle side and install that new grip. Third, lay the bike on the right side and pour in lead shot, the kind used for loading shot gun shells. Bang on the bars as the lead pellets go in to make sure it gets filled up. Install the left side grip and go have a nice ride with a lot less of that high frequency vibration.

I did this exact upgrade on my 1991 and it made a major difference. I also changed the bars eventually to the Pro Taper ATV High bars and filled them too. Just the slight change in angle and height made for a way more comfortable wrist position. Before doing any of these changes I was in agony. So bad that my hands got completely numb and I could not even pull my zipper down to P for at least 5 minutes after going just ten or 15 miles.

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Hmmm. Well, money is gonna be tight this month, so I'll hold off on ordering them.

I bit the bullet and took the bars and mirrors all off...slid the throttle assembly off, poured my shot into the upended bar, capped it back up.

A world of difference. It still vibrates, of course; but it's MUTED. Old guys with carpal-tunnel and neuralgia know what I mean - the sharp, buzzing vibration is what annoys.

That's been shock-absorbed. I even had it out on the open road...now I have to keep in MIND to hold the speed down, buecause to my hands, it FEELS smoother. It's not, of course - buzzing it along at 8000rpm is as harmful as it ever was. But what a change.
 

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Hmmm. Well, money is gonna be tight this month, so I'll hold off on ordering them.

I bit the bullet and took the bars and mirrors all off...slid the throttle assembly off, poured my shot into the upended bar, capped it back up.

A world of difference. It still vibrates, of course; but it's MUTED. Old guys with carpal-tunnel and neuralgia know what I mean - the sharp, buzzing vibration is what annoys.

That's been shock-absorbed. I even had it out on the open road...now I have to keep in MIND to hold the speed down, buecause to my hands, it FEELS smoother. It's not, of course - buzzing it along at 8000rpm is as harmful as it ever was. But what a change.
Sorry about the tight finances but there are a couple other options to look in to. First, If you still have to original Bridgestone tire on the front, we refer to them as "Death Wings", they suck in more ways than I care to describe here and could be a good protion of the buzzing you are feeling. Second, If the front wheel still has the lead spoke weights as the balance factor then this could also be a big part of the vibration. Tires wear over time and they wear unevenly which would change the balance points. There is a product called Ride On which is a liquid that goes in the tube and remains liquid for it's life time. As your wheel rotates this liquid fluid finds the exact right place where it needs to be to balance the entire wheel no matter how your tire wears. It also provides some puncture sealing protection which is a plus.

There are much better tires for our T dubs and it highly depends upon the type of riding you will be doing. If mostly on pavement then dump the death wing and check the tire threads here. You will feel a world of difference with a more road worthy tire up front. The rear stock tire is actually quite a good tire so no change is necessary there.

I will bet if you change to a better tire, add the Ride On fluid balance liquid and install the Mushroom grips with your bars loaded it will be the difference between night and day. Believe me JPT, I have felt your pain and solved this issue with these upgrades.

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You may eventually want to add better cushioning grips as Gary so wisely suggested. I like the "pillow top", one of several shock absorbing gel foam types but there are many $10 - $12 options to use in conjunction with the bird shot filled handlebars.Pro TaperPillow Top MX Grips
 

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I had forgotten all about those mushroom grips until Gary mentioned them. I always liked those.
 

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All in good time. I haven't even figured out what I'm going to use this thing for...I mean, it's a great around-town scooter; but there's plenty of Forest Service trails and roads, too. So I don't know what kind of tires I'll eventually want.

For now, I like the knobbies - they seem to hold traction on wet roads better. Just a little moisture caused me to skid my non-ABS Honda CB1100 this morning; it was on a tangent roadway, no real danger to go down. That time.

But it didn't take much; and the tire isn't worn.

That's the rub. This is a great economical in-town machine but I already have one road-only bike. So, for the moment, I'm keeping gears and tires as they are.

I will be getting bars with a lift, though, eventually - and that's when I'll put the better grips on it.
 
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