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post #1 of 24 Old 05-25-2016, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar shake!

On a 2006 Vee. 30k miles.

The problem - when I get to about 80mph, the handlebars start shaking. The bike feels bouncy.

What I know - I am running a set of michelin anakee 3's. I used to be running street and trails. I changed the rear to an anakee and had no problems. A few thousand miles later, I finally changed the front to an anakee. Then it started this high speed shake. On the anakee rear and street and trail front, I could ride 100+ for miles. After putting the anakee on the front, it gets crazy around 90mph. I bought ANOTHER anakee for the front and put it on today. The problem has not changed. The alignment is really close to correct. Maybe just a hair off. The problem persisted before and after I adjusted the tightness of the chain. It has happened on both of the anakee 3 front tires. The fork seals are good. And of course, the front tire is balanced. The rear was balanced when put on and never had a problem with the old front tire.

What the heck is going on? What else can I check?

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-25-2016, 11:23 PM
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You might ask them to rebalance--they might not have gotten it quite right the first time, or something may have changed (by "something" I mean I'm reserving the right to reference gremlins, goblins, and other non-scientific folklore).
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The front must be balanced. I had it mounted with my neighbor with all the equipment. Balanced it then. Had the shake. Took it to a local motorcycle mechanic and had him re balance it. Added one weight. Then had the new tire mounted and balanced. The problem never changed.

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Wheel bearings or steering head bearings? Cant think of anything else not covered.
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Yep, I agree....1) wheel balance; 2) worn wheel bearings; or 3) steering head bearing worn or loose.
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I vote for steering head. Changed my mind about this. Tyre .

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post #7 of 24 Old 05-26-2016, 01:37 AM
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Sounds like the tire to me.....

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My vote is for the front tire too. The shake started after it was changed. I had the same thing happen with two Conti Road Attacks. That brand is widely reported to cause wobble as are the Trail Attacks and original Metzeler Tourances. Tires and loose or dimpled steering head bearings are to most common causes of steering wobble. It can be common to the tire brand or a badly made individual tire. It can also occur if the tire is out of balance and that wasn't corrected upon installation with wheel weights or a dynamic balancing medium.

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I'm on my second set of A-3s. They've been rock solid at any speed.
But yes, it could be the tire. These things happen. But my gut tells me there's something missing to the scenario.

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Having it start after a tire change brings the tire or its installation to the top of the problem chart for me.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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