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vibration.

I have had my first Harley, Fat Boy Lo, for about a month and I am trying to ride as much as possible. (Only put 150 miles so far ).
My question is about vibration. At highway speed (for me its speed limit-65) in 5th gear, my feet can feel the vibration on the floor pegs. It is a "fine" vibration that almost tickles the bottom of my feet. I feel the same thing on my handle bars.

Not having owned a HD before, and hearing different things about vibration, does the above sound normal to you or should I get it checked?
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Might be a balance on your tires...new tires can do this too...

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Balanced engine ... shouldn't be vibrations like you say . Could be tires as said .

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It's normal on my Night Train. At lower rpm's there's almost no vibration. I think you're just feeling the Softail "buzz".

Dyna's and Touring HD's are the opposite. They vibrate like crazy at idle but smooth out quickly when moving.
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stock HD tires(Dunlop) are known for going out of balance/cupping/etc....I had some vibration and cupping issues till I switched to Metzlers....

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You could try some dyna beads in the tires....might take care of it.
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Hmm...might be the "buzz". When I up the rpms...i get the vibration IF I am moving..
Example..2nd gear at 35mph...i get the vibration...same in 5th gear at 65
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at 150 miles, it's likely that it's not tires, cupping of tires or otherwise. Chances are, at highway speeds, or even less then highway speeds, it's due to the ubber lean a/f mixture.

One of the things i've noticed with umpteen bikes that I've owned, worked on, or both, is that once you fatten the air/fuel mixture from factory settings, most vibrations in the bike disappear.

Just sayin'...

Then again.....if this is your FIRST harley.....this ain't no jap bike. It vibrates.

They're not called "Milwaukee Vibrators" for nothing..........

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Yeah, and thats the point. My FIRST HD. Its not a complaint. Its me wanting to know everything I can.
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I have had my first Harley, Fat Boy Lo, for about a month and I am trying to ride as much as possible. (Only put 150 miles so far ).
My question is about vibration. At highway speed (for me its speed limit-65) in 5th gear, my feet can feel the vibration on the floor pegs. It is a "fine" vibration that almost tickles the bottom of my feet. I feel the same thing on my handle bars.

Not having owned a HD before, and hearing different things about vibration, does the above sound normal to you or should I get it checked?
Check the air pressure in the tires.

My '07 Custom doesn't do that at any speed.

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