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post #1 of 19 Old 04-30-2014, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy Steering After New Tires

So after a year of owning my 2012 Wee it was time for new tires with right at 13k on them. Purchased the tires on line and had them installed at the local dealership. I noticed right away that the steering and handling felt different but thought that it might have to do with having some curvature back on the tires. After riding it to work and back today (70 miles round trip) it just doesn't feel right.

Being that it felt fine before the tires I would think I could rule out steering neck bearings; maybe rear wheel alignment? When going through turns it feels like the rear wheel wants to come around to the outside if I don't heavily weight the outside peg. I'm not pushing it, going slower then normal to allowing for tire scrub.

I'm planning on calling the dealer tomorrow to inquire, but would like to hear some input on what the problem may be (other than not taking the bike to an indy shop).

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Forgot to add that tire air pressure is set to recommended. 33F and 36R.

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you should add full info on old and new tires, front and rear

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New tires are same as the originals, Bridgestone TW101 and TW152, 110/80R-19 and 150/70R-17.

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33 is too low a front pressure, and 36 rear is pushing it IMHO. I do 36 to 38 front and 40 at all times for the rear "regardless of tire make and model". Tires get installed backwards sometimes too, make sure that is not the case. Did you take the wheels in off bike, or did the dealer do everything?

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Dealer did everything. Time is a luxury that is of limited commodity for me lately, though right now I am rethinking that decision. I hardly ever ride two up and usually just have the top box on (carry my lunch and a thermos of coffee everyday). I weigh next to nothing, about 160 and with the temps pushing 100 here in SoCal today I don't want to push my pressure too high.

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Tire direction is correct, verified that when I checked the air pressure.

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What Big B says... those pressures are too low and I think Suzi is a bit off on their recommendations....... pressures should be set when 70F. Don't worry, they wont blow up at 100F.
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I've liked other brands at 33/36. I haven't owned Trailwings.

New tires always feel different from old tires. Give them more miles to get the true feel. And, it is possible that OE Trailwings are actually different from retail Trailwings. That is true for car tires and maybe also for these.

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i've always ran 36/42 on all my bikes (sport bikes and sport-tourers). makes for precise handling.

losen the pinch bolts and axle and bounce your front end up and down, then retighten everything. also losen rear axle and re-set alighnment. just because the dealer did the maintenance does not mean they did it correctly.

but...my bet is the air pressure.


edit for after thought: it is possible the dealer under inflated the tires on purpose. riding a new set of tires home with slow/sluggish performance would be safer than riding new hard/maneuverable tires until they are scrubbed in properly.

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