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post #1 of 45 Old 08-09-2019, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar Wobble

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So since I bought the bike, I noticed if I let go of the handlebars they start to wobble pretty bad (both loaded or unloaded).

I checked the front bearings for play, and there is not play at all.

I checked the front tire for cupping, looks totally fine. I have since replaced the tire, and same thing.

I am looking to invest in some steering damper, because the weird thing is, if I am going into a turn with no bumps from a stop, no problem. But from a stop if I go into a turn and hit some uneven pavement or a bump, starts to wobble again.

I have seen people rant and rave about the Scotts Steering damper, and while I would prefer not to spend that much money, it seems to be a matter of safety at this point.

Any thoughts/comments on this?

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Check to see if the preload and all other settings are the same for each fork. If not setup the same, they could be the cause of your wobble.

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Check to see if the preload and all other settings are the same for each fork. If not setup the same, they could be the cause of your wobble.

I notice the slots up top are not the same angle where I'm assuming I would adjust them. How can I tell which way to go on them/ which one is loaded more?

This could be the issue for sure

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I notice the slots up top are not the same angle where I'm assuming I would adjust them. How can I tell which way to go on them/ which one is loaded more?

This could be the issue for sure
Measure the height of each adjuster from the base. They should be the same height. Clockwise turns will increase the preload.
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Measure the height of each adjuster from the base. They should be the same height. Clockwise turns will increase the preload.
I just measured them, .8 cm from base they are perfectly aligned.

thank you for telling me this!

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You say you checked the front bearings. do you mean front wheel bearings or steering bearings? the steering bearings should be snug enough that there is a noticable SLIGHT drag or preload on them.
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If you are taking about a low speed waggle that immediately stops when you put your hands on the handlebar it is a well know issue on first gen DL650's

The only total fix seems to be roller bearings in the steering.

Things that can help are narrower profile front tires (ie Torrance Next instead of regular Torrance tires and other tires with narrower fronts. Tires worn flat are more likely to do it as are tires with lower pressure.


Things that don't help include a fork brace. These are wonderful devices but have no effect on this. I have no effect with steering damper so can't speak to them.

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This is the 2012 V1000 suspension adjustment instructions from the users manual.
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This is the 2012 V1000 suspension adjustment instructions from the users manual.
I checked this out and it seems pretty good, especially with the weight I'm going to keep them on the stiffer side, though not too stiff.

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You say you checked the front bearings. do you mean front wheel bearings or steering bearings? the steering bearings should be snug enough that there is a noticable SLIGHT drag or preload on them.
Steering bearings, let me do another check on if there is a slight drag on them

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