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post #1 of 13 Old 07-28-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Front end wobble part II

OK the 35 to 40 MPH wobble I experience (when hands are removed from bars only ) is more pronounced when loaded
( camping and touring mode ) than when naked. I had my local mechanic check steering head bearing and it was OK. Two good techs have now told me it is just the bike's front end being weighted and un weighted and as long as there is no wobble when otherwise riding not to worry about it. I understand some Goldwing riders have experienced this as well. This bike rides and handles super good and I am very happy otherwise.
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Use the google search box above this message. There are MANY threads on this topic, no need to add one more.

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Thanks for the input. I have read through countless threads and have posted other questions and have gotten many responses. I just added some new info and am soliciting advice. Thanks for your wisdom oh wise one.

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I had my local mechanic check steering head bearing and it was OK. Two good techs have now told me it is just the bike's front end being weighted and un weighted and as long as there is no wobble when otherwise riding not to worry about it.
Was the person who checked your steering head bearing one of the people who also spoke about weighting? If so, find a better mechanic. What brand of front tire do you have and how many miles are on it? You bike does not have to wobble.

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Thanks Greywolf

Pirelli Scorpions 3K No other wierd handling charactristics. My brother had a bad almost new front tire on his Bandit that caused the same sympton and I am starting to think it may be the tire.
One tech works in the shop I frequent and one works for a Suzuki dealer. The tech I see in the shop I visit has worked on many bikes of mine over the years and has never given me reason to doubt him before, but I agree that something is not right.

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I could see "weighting" being an issue. In the sense that these bikes seemto get more stable when the forks are dropped. So if the back is weighed down heavily, it could cause the sensation of essentially lengthening the forks. Have you tried lowering the forks in the triple clamps yet?
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Stability from a front end drop is about high speed aerodynamics. This is a low speed wobble.

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My vee dos not have this issue but I have experienced what the OP describes on other motorcycles that I have owned. In all case switching to a different brand of tire cured the problem. YMMV

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I have this problem as well, first noticed when heavily loaded on a trip at 2000 miles with stock bridgestone tires on my 2012 Adventure and still noticable but reduced at 3000 miles unloaded. Never had this problem on my 2006 Wee.
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I have the same wobble when heavily loaded. (two side cases, bicycle, tent and sleeping bag on top of the side bags). I make sure my air pressure in the rear is 41 and put the front up to 36. The wobble disappears. With lower air pressures, when the bike is only carrying me or a lighter load, the wobble is not there. (Continental Trail Attacks).
Make sure your air gauge is accurate also. The expensive, dial-type one I bought was reading 7 pounds under and it took me a while to catch on as I trusted the thing due to it's cost.
Maybe this will work for you or help.

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