Check out the review of
the 7/8" bar-end weights in the September 2004 issue of
American Motorcyclist magazine.
10-11-11 I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with your S.S.
Pounders on my 1996 Moto Guzzi California! I went from just a
'lost' bar end weight to a no-vibrate, 'I can see clearly now' bike
with your great product. I cannot thank you enough!
7-27-11 Please tell whoever made the tapered pounders they are a
-Paul, South Carolina
Just wanted to say thank-you for a quality product. Finally
had a chance to get the Guzzi back on the road and try the new
bar-ends. Vibes have been reduced beyond my
expectations, even with my older wrists. Thanks again and
10-4-10 Sorry it has taken me a week to follow up with you - I
just wanted to let you know that the bar ends are great. I got
my mirrors installed and the vibrations are almost gone. It's
like I get the memory of them at the same RPMs; but no
fatigue. I still know I'm riding a burly machine; it just
makes it easier to do it for longer.
8-26-10 I wanted to drop you a line on the hollow-tube bar end
weights that had purchased from you back in July for my 2009
Ducati 696 Monster. After receiving the larger expansion nuts
(for a steel tube handlebar) I re-installed them on my little
Monster and went on a 100 mile constant freeway speed ride. I
can say that your weights definitely quelled a good portion of the
annoying vibrations that I experienced with the bike. The
following weekend I went for a canyon carving ride up in the
Angeles Forest to test out the handling characteristics of the bike
with the weights. The overall evaluation after a days worth
of twisties is that the steering is slightly slower but not a deal
breaker in the handling department.
L Haviland, CA
I recently bought a Yamaha Tmax. I knew it is a parallel twin. I
knew parallel twins are buzzy. I was not quite ready for the high
frequency vibration transmitted to the bars. My hands became numb
within 15 minutes. I had the dealer check the bike including plugs
and engine mounts. They said it was ok and had normal operation. I
tried foam grip covers (minimal help) and special gloves (some
help) and considered a bar snake but the built-in bolt seating
means the bar is not hollow requiring "liquid" bar snake... forget
that. I was ready to lose thousands and trade-in the Tmax. Then I
happened on Manic Salamander. I said what the heck, for $65 maybe I
can salvage the situation. The Tmax was not on your bike list but
you were very helpful on the phone and sent exactly the right
bar-end weights (order# 00001654). They easily installed in 5
minutes no problem. The difference is remarkable. Don't get me
wrong, I still know the engine is running, but now the vibration is
significantly reduced and quite tolerable without 15 minute
"dead-hands". Your bar-ends have saved me and my Tmax from a costly
divorce. And they are good looking and very well made to boot.
Thanks so much for your great product.
just installed the manic salamander Smooth City bar ends on my
'08 AN400. I'm glad I bought these instead of the previous
model (which is currently on clearance) because these have shims
which allowed for excellent fit on the throttle side. These are the
regulars in chrome (13 oz.), not the throttle lock units. On the
highway especially, the reduction in buzzing through the grips is
significant and the mirrors are clearer. Much more relaxing.
Construction and finish are excellent. I like what they add to the
appearance as well. No change in steering dynamics. Even though
these are wider in diameter than OEM, you can still roll on the
yellow O-ring reported elsewhere as the poor man's throttle lock.
- Active Member
Your bar-end weights have transformed my 76 Bonneville 750. I
can now ride for hours without my hands going numb. Its nothing
short of a miracle ! Thank you for supplying such a quality
Just wanted to say, Great,Great product! It addressed both my
concerns with my bike. 1. I get vibration through the handlebars at
certain speeds that makes my fingers go numb (especially my
throttle hand). 2. On longer trips the aforementioned vibrations
make traveling on the highway uncomfortable, so it is nice to be
able to take my hand off the throttle momentarily. Your throttle
lock virtually eliminated the vibes and lets me rest my arm on
longer slab rides.
The other thing worth mentioning was my concern about
accidentally twisting the lock on while accelerating. There is a
kind of closed detent that holds it in the closed position so there
is no danger of this, which was my only safety concern. Again,
great attention to detail.
Installation couldn't be easier. I think it took me 15
Which also goes to it's simplicity. Other manufacturers of
similar products have model specific kits and they are about 3 or 4
years behind the times. I called to see if their kit for an older
model would fit my bike and they hung up on me!
I have a Ducati Monster 696 and it works great if any other
potential customers ask.
After taking more measurements, I realized that I could just use
your standard kit. I ordered one, it arrived in 3 days, I
installed and the next day rode the bike to the beach, about 180
miles one way. It worked great. Far and away the best
throttle lock system that I have ever used.
I ordered your throttle lock for my Moto Guzzi
California Vintage and installed it recently. You may recall
we spoke on the phonewhen I had a
question about installation. I cut the heated grips in
the way we discussed, and installed your throttle lock and left
side bar end weight, no problems at all.
I am completely pleased with the function of my new
throttle lock and the fit and finish is second to none. The
operation is commonsense and very well thought out. I feel this
throttle lock is as safe as not having one, in that in does not
create a potentially unsafe situation. I find it
perfectly natural to disengage your throttle lock, no thought
process required. It is a fine setup, and looks as good (or
better) as the stock metal finish anywhere on the bike. It
definitely looks like it came from Moto Guzzi, not like some cheap
add on accessory. If anything it enhances my bike's
appearance. I feel this product is well worth the cost
Thank you for providing a
great product for my bike.
I just wanted you to know I received my bar end weights
yesterday.Whenthe UPS man handed the package to me I was quite
surprised by the weight of the package. I then opened the package
to see just how big these weights were. My previous experience with
bar end weights was for a pair that I purchased for a Buell Blast
that I had previously owned. What a difference in the quality,
weight and size. I then installed them on my '06 HD XL883R and went
for a ride. I can hardly believe the difference. I can now see
objects in the mirrors and my hands to not go numb. This is a great
addition to my bike.
Thanks for a great product and the timely delivery.
Received the items 4 days ago. They have reduced the vibrations
and made the riding more comfortable.
I just wanted to send this note to thank you for your excellent
product (weights w/ throttle locker) and also thanks for the quick
shipping. I fitted this on my Kawasaki Concours 14 and here's
a little feedback on the installation:
Instructions are pretty easy as was the install. On my
particular bike, I used the shorter bolts and needed no washers
other than the lock washers for a perfect fit. Speaking of
which, my kit had one lock washer that fit and the other one was
way too small to fit over the bolt…no big deal as I had a washer on
hand that fit just fine.
Anyhow, I am very pleased with your product as far as the
overall operation (it works great!). Hey, it really looks great on
the bike too!
I will definitely recommend you folks to all my friends.
I got the DR last summer and one of my biggest problems was that
my hands went numb by the time I got to the first street light,
which is about 6 miles from my home. I bought the bar ends
from Manic and on the next ride to town my hands felt fine. For
most part, the bar end weights eliminated most of the problem.
(Keep in mind that you are riding a single cylinder engine
motorcycle and there is always going to be some vibration,
especially in older designs like the DR.)
The manic web site has a lot of interesting information on how
the bar end weights cut down on vibration..I bought the ones that
allow attachment of bar end mirrors. The quality of machining is
outstanding. I have not taken any longer trips with the bar end
weights, but on 40-50 mile rides they really help me a lot.
Hello Paul. I hope all is well with you and yours.
This is Alan With the FZ6 of course, and I need to tell you that my
first observation of the bar ends was inaccurate. The buzz used to
be from 5 or 6 thousand RPM on up! I can now say that the vibration
is only a problem at 7500 to about 9000 then it's as smooth
as glass. What this means is in the critical highway speeds of 60
to 75 mph, it's a LOT better. From 75 to about 86 there is some
vibration. Then on up to redline, 14500 it's very smooth. Now I
know bikes vibrate and when I say it's noticeable some folks would
say it's irritating. But I am Very Happy with the bar ends. I have
ran it up to 142mph with no problems. The bike is stable. There is
a second benefit that I hope none of your riders ever need. I
recently crashed on a left hander at about 30 mph. I'm fine, just
sore as hell. But the length of the bar end saved my bike from
untold expense. They even held up so well, with a little sanding an
some black paint, the left one was repaired. You should look into
building frame sliders. I'd buy 'em!! I never found the pieces at
that foundry that you told me about. If you have a link, I will try
them. As a matter of fact, if you need anything tested that I can
help with and I like it, I will pay you full price! I will give you
a report either way. Thank you for your gracious help and
support. If you are ever around the
Birmingham, AL. way
call me . Your friend, Alan.
I installed you're 2 inch handlebar weights on my 2002 Harley
Davidson FXDX superglide. The
weights made a very noticable difference in the amount of
vibration in the bars. There is no longer any
objectionable vibration in the bars above 2200 RPM and the mirrors
are clear which is a real
improvement. This bike has a 117 inch stroker motor that
transmitted more vibration through the bars
than the stock 88 inch motor did so to say the least I am very
impressed with you're product.
thanks, John Stewart
Hi Paul -
Sorry for the delay. I just got a chance to try out
your bar-ends on my 1971 Honda CL450. Went on a 150
mile ride on Saturday and while the rest of me was
sore, my hands weren't numb at all. Before I put on
the bars the 10 mile commute to work used to numb my
hands. Your bar-ends worked brilliantly and they look
To whom it may concern,
I would like to thank you for making such a fine product that
actually works !
I purchased a pair of the 7/8" black powder coated Manic
Salamander's from you last week. They
arrived in a few days and were very easy to install.
I proceeded to go on a 260 mile ride on my 03 Kawasaki Concours
that I had installed a Storz
adapter and Flanders Mini Ape Hangers. Before the installation
within 25 miles I had a "buzz" that was
so annoying that it would put my hands to sleep. After the
installation I can ride until the tank
hits reserve (240 miles) with no fatigue at all. I can safely say
it reduced the "buzz" by 80 -
Thanks for the great product,
I was able to mount my stainless steel bar-ends to my 25 year
Kawasaki and could not believe the
difference my ride was! My bars are as smooth going 75 as
they are going at 0. My hands thank
you, my arms thank you and I thank you for a great product. (Only
one flaw. If I wanted to return
them it would have to be the weights only because the mount
section becomes a permanent part of the
bike, but hell who wants to return them!) I am going to let
all my KZ650 riders know about the
weights and the difference it makes.
(note: Mr. Kareski was among our first customers. He experienced a
tight fit. As of 10-4-03,
all further units shipped were modified to fit in smaller ID's of
Paul, the weights worked very well on my 2003 Suzuki Bandit
1200. The bike is famous for it's
tendency to vibrate the handlebars at certain engine speeds.
The addition of your bar-end weights
virtually eliminated the buzz. I just returned from two
fairly long trips and can report success.
Where I had to wear heavy gloves with the stock Suzuki weights,
yours allow riding without any
padding -- even gloveless is okay now too.
A great product -- one I can heartily recommend. A friend
with a Kawasaki Concours is a
candidate for some now.
I took a couple of rides on my bike. The handlebar weights really
used to shift by 'feel', because there was so much vibration. Now,
actually catch myself checking the tach, before shifting, because
vibration is so reduced. It's nice to get a product that looks
works as advertised. Also, thanks for your extra work to ship them
me. And it looks like you spent a few extra bucks of your own on
also. Thanks for everything.
Thank you for all of your help today. I can feel a real difference
vibration in my bars. I just geared my front sprocket down and
even with it
geared down I can feel a difference. I really want to thank you
in and puting them on for me. I hope I didn't look like too much
of a hack
from throttle tube being so chewed up. Thank's again
Brian from the hitching post parts department.
WOW man thank you so much, they took my vibes from about a 10 to
a solid 3,
they are more of an afterthought now I feel more vibes in the pegs
the handlebars and I never noticed the pegs b4 it just I'm not
forearms after riding and only took about 5min to install, the
tubes seem a
little bit bigger than 7/8ths but they don't seem quite a 1" but
possible they don't move around or anything but they didn't look
as much of
a snug fit as the picture but the bars were made for screw-in
either way thanks alot I'll send some pics later on -Ben