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post #11 of 14 Old 10-25-2013, 06:57 PM
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I got a 2002 Vstrom 4 months ago with 32k miles on it.

I just discovered this 90mph wobble today as well!

Earlier this week I swapped out my tires from dead Anakee 2's and put on Bridgestone BW502's (battlewing?). I also changed the sprocket/chain (now 16/43). I also ride with one Givi bag on the back.

On the highway I had some space so I wanted to see what this new 16/43 ratio was like and gassed it. Freaked myself big time just as I hit 90mph and the bike started wobbling/shaking bad! I thought I had lost a bolt somewhere!

After that I did a few more runs just to make sure it wasn't in my mind - and yes, 90mph is the magic wobble number. 89mph - bike is smooth. I did get to 100 mph just to convince myself that despite the wobble the bike still holds together (would hate failing that test).

Unfortunately I can't really remember if I hit 90+ while I had the Anakee's on. I guess the good news is I don't hit 90+ very often at all on my morning commute.

edit - I'll be using some of the suggestions (lots from greywolf) from the "speed vs wobble" thread to make small adjustments to the bike if necessary

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I am sure that in that thread it discusses checking the wheel alignment (suspect due to recent work) as well as too tight or loose steering head bearings.

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-28-2013, 02:55 PM
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I am sure that in that thread it discusses checking the wheel alignment (suspect due to recent work) as well as too tight or loose steering head bearings.
I'm suspecting the loose steering head bearings as I've always had the "no-hands" wobble at lower speeds since I first got the bike.

I haven't lowered the forks yet either, so I might try that first as it's easier to do!
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