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post #1 of 7 Old 07-26-2006, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Wee wouldn't lean

I rode my freind's 650 last night and noticed something really weird- leaving a parking lot the bike would not lean. I felt like I was driving a train and being guided by rails! I've never felt anything like it before on a bike; like instead of leaning to turn the bike actually had the handlebars turn, like what riding a trike is like, I guess. I didn't have a tire gauge on me, but they weren't visibly showing any sidewall sag. All in all, the tires looked fine, with no weird wear pattern. I rode the bike before and never felt this. Getting up to speed the bike felt fine. Very, very weird. Any ideas?

As a side note, it felt great to feel the smoothness of the 650 over my 1000. But man, now that I got the Power Commander, my bike has great throttle response, power, everything. The 1000 is still more harsh than the 650, but the benefits make up for it. So, just a note on how well the PC worked out for me. Also, I like the 650's mechanical clutch pull vs my hydraulic clutch- much lighter.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-26-2006, 06:44 PM
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Ah, heck, I just can't resist .....

Are you sure the training wheels are off? I just took mine off recently and it made a world of difference when leaning in a corner :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sorry, other than tires I don't have any real, honest advice.

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It's the tire pressure, more than likely. My wife had what sounded like the same problem on her S50. Felt like I was trying to lean a square concrete block at low speed out of our parking lot. Her tires looked fine, but when I put a guage on them the front was at 18psi and the rear was a hair lower. Aired them up and the only damage was her being rightfully smug that I didn't believe her in the first place
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I had a similar problem on my old nighthawk, the side stand was down.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-27-2006, 06:55 AM
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Sounds to me like the steering bearing could be bad. I had similar symptoms on my previous bike when the bearings gave up.. Scared the s**t out of me the first time I noticed it :shock:

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Look at the tires. I experienced the same thing on a co-workers bike. The tires had worn compltetly flat in the centers. In order to make it lean,you had to roll it up on the edges of the tires. It was a very weird feeling.

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I had a similar problem on my old nighthawk, the side stand was down.

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