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    I am new at this F800GT thing------love the bike but it does have its foibles----the fairing seems to vibrate badly when giving it the beans accelerating through ( I think 4000rpm) it passes after that. Is it just me or does everyone's GT do that?.

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    Which part of the fairing in particular? Does it feel like loose body work, or simply engine vibrations being transmitted through the frame?
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    nope, mine doesn't - but then it just turned 4k miles on tuesday - mileage, or lack of it, may contribute -
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    Little to no movement (on my ST) which is what I would expect.

    Maybe a double check of the fasteners?
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    Quote Originally Posted by guscsr65 View Post
    I am new at this F800GT thing------love the bike but it does have its foibles----the fairing seems to vibrate badly when giving it the beans accelerating through ( I think 4000rpm) it passes after that. Is it just me or does everyone's GT do that?.
    Just you. Seems an odd sort of issue, I'd be checking the fastenings
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    Does your bike have the stock windscreen.....or something bigger/heavier?

    I don't have any fairing vibration related to engine rpm or acceleration - when I mounted a larger/heavier windscreen I noticed it flexed more and the fairing moved more as well.

    I do have a heavy "clunk" noise when I hit big potholes. I have not yet figured out if that is the front fender slapping the tire, or the brakes discs being jolted.....or something in the bodywork.

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    17,000 miles and no fairing vibration on mine. And all the panels have been off numerous times

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    Thanks to all for your replies, I will have a closer look----although none feel loose at first feel.

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    I had this thread in mind yesterday as I was listening to a horrible vibrating sound coming from somewhere in front of me. It sounded like the bike was falling apart. At one point, I decided to even stop and see if the fairing pieces were still tight by.

    When I stopped to get the mail, I found the culprit. I use a magnetic holder for my radar detector. The magnets on the underside were loose and vibrating. It wasn't the fairing at all.

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    By 4000rpm mine is smooth, but I wondered if it really is 4000 and not 3000 because 3000 in the higher two gears is too low and that may shake things a bit.
    @thumpin: yours is most likely front fork internals over potholes.

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    For me I had this issue and it turned out to be my cell phone holder clipped to my handle bar.

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    Angus, I cant speak to the GT, but my GS had a plastic buzz right a round 5,000 and I chased it and chased it,,. I used to put the throttle lock on at certain speeds and press here and there, finally after taking the fairings off I put a couple of furniture leg pads between the fairing and the air box for no particular reason and low and behold my vibration/buzz stopped, not sure if it was the placement of the pads or the refitting retightening of everything,,.

    Another bike I had, a none BMW, had a plastic buzz at 4500 rpm, which was not particularly a very vibey part of the rev range however it drove me nuts, tried weights, tried masking tape, tightening, loosening. Finally I found that If I put a silicone bead between the two pcs of dash that it resolved the problem,,. Bit of a pain each time you take it apart but better then a buzz,,. All this might not be much help for the GT however the point is that if your OCD enough you will eventually find it,,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blapper View Post
    thumpin: yours is most likely front fork internals over potholes.
    Thanks for reminding me of that issue......I had somehow forgotten that it was a "thing" on this bike.

    That is definitely something I want to fix - it makes the bike sound cheap!

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