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FasstCo Anti-Vibration Handlebar Inserts | Garage Finds


FasstCo’s Anti-Vibration Handlebar Inserts aren’t a vintage item per se, but with the advent of smoother-running four-stroke motorcycles, I feel like they have been forgotten. I found these inserts brand-new, in the package when I cleaned out my garage drawers this week, and promptly installed them in my 2020 Honda CRF250R handlebars. Sure, it doesn’t render my hands numb like some two-stroke dirt bikes back in the day used to, but less vibration at the grips is always a good thing.

Back in the day, these babies were a must-have in any two-stroke test bike that I planned to spend any amount of time on. Easily installed in the ends of your handlebars before the grips, the FasstCo inserts did exactly as they claimed by dampening the engine vibrations transferred through the handlebars and into your hands, I’ve heard of some old school racers filling their handlebars with spray-in foam insulation, but I can hardly imagine that would work as well as the FasstCo inserts. Furthermore, when I worked at Pasadena Honda back in the day, I remember a product called a Bar Snake, which was a flexible lead insert that filled the entire handlebar of a street bike. 

If you’re a two-stroke rider, or just want to make your new four-stroke feel buttery smooth in your hands, these bad boys are a cheap and worthwhile investment at $59.99. Best of all, they can be removed and reused time and time again. Find them at fasstco.com


Backyard Design Graphic Kit of the Week

Starting at $179.95

Backyard Design was founded in 2010 by two privateer Supercross racers: Jared Hicks from Alabama and Philipp Klakow from Germany. What started as a project to fund their Supercross racing efforts has now grown into a worldwide graphics manufacturer, with dual headquarters in the United States and Germany. Backyard Design is known for being one of the first custom graphics makers to have a completely interactive website, where customers can design their own kits with a few clicks on a computer mouse.

Another week, another sick kit by the guys at Backyard Design. We know many of you want your bikes to look like the factory machines that fill the pit area, but with your personal touch or sponsors. Why rep the companies that don’t support you? That’s where the Design Configurator at backyarddesignusa.com comes in, as the easy to use program allows you to take the base designs offered by the company and put your spin on the scheme. This setup looks sweet with its use of three shades of green and is ready for some small refinements that’ll make it a representation of you. Head to backyarddesignusa.com and get creative with the templates offered for nearly every OEM.

Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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