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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Vibration around 50+ mph

If you ride an RS, I would like to know if you experience a vibration starting around 50 mph and above. It seems to happen in both 4th and 5th gears. It's subtle, but you can feel it. Also, I don't recall any distinct noises while the bike was vibrating. I did, however, hear an inconsistent ticking sound coming from the front left wheel, but I'll ask about that in another thread.
Is this because of Can-Am lowering the belt tension?
I searched this forum and came across a posting about adding a belt tensioner and claiming that it would take care of the vibration (mostly). My bike has about 1,400 miles on it. Could it be the belt stretching and needing to be adjusted?
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 04:02 PM
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I would take it to the dealer and have them align and tension the belt before you do anything else
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 05:02 PM
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agree on checking the belt first.

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 05:01 AM
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I just had that done with my RT...
I had a bit of an intermittent vibration throught my floorboards out at "highway-gobbling" speeds...
The dealer re-set the tension and re-aligned the belt; all is back to good!



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Ok, thanks for the suggestions.
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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 05:14 PM
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try going faster, see if the vibration goes away.
check tire pressure too.

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Yup, I have felt the vibration going as fast as 75.
I have the front tires at 19 psi, the rear tire at 28. To me, the vibration isn't bad and I don't mind it. I'm just curious if this is happening because of the belt stretching or a sign that something else might need attention soon. What do you think?

Would any other RS owners care to share their thoughts?

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Perhaphs that wheel needs to be balanced?
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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-24-2012, 07:10 PM
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I found at higher speeds even though my belt is to specs it still tends to "flop" around a bit sometimes with crosswinds, sometimes just because

I am going to look into the belt tensioner that's out there

I was talking to my service dept and he says it looks like something that won't bugger anything up

I just need to remember who sells the darn thing..

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I'll see if I can find you a website... Give me a little while though; it's looking like one of THOSE days here!

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