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post #1 of 22 Old 06-16-2016, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy steering

Went and test rode an 09 Wee.
The steering felt very numb and heavy like it had a completely flat tire. It was low at 30 psi. No compressor around so going for another test in a few days. Besides tire pressure, anything else I should look at?
It's a fairly new tire, shinko dual sport, not sure which model.
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Yup a low pressure Shinko 705 will most certainly do that.
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I hope that was the only issue hahaha. I read all these reviews about how flick able it is and I take it for a quick spin and it feels like I need power steering.

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I swapped dl650's with a friend who had just mounted 705's on his. We were on an infamous twisty mountain road at the time. His bike definitely had heavier steering than my battle wing equipped strom. It took more effort to hold it at peg scraping lean angles than my bike but it stuck well and gave me the confidence to do so. His tires were not underinflated BTW.

I would use the Shinko 705's to assault pavement without reservation, but they do steer heavy.

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The front is heavy when new, it's gets better with wear.
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So I took the bike as a trade this morning. Now that I corrected the tire pressures and have more seat time here is how I can explain what it feel like.

When you turn in, it wants to just drop. I'm not sure if that is the characteristics of the bike? Skinny tires?
I'm getting used to it, but just want to make sure it's normal.
Besides that, the bike is great, brakes are iffy but everything functions as it should.

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When you turn in, it wants to just drop.

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When you turn in, it wants to just drop.
Taken literally - this is light steering, if anything. Its how a bike with new tire and adjusted steering stem bearings may feel after riding a bike with a square tire and tight steering stem bearings.

Maybe you can offer a different description that matches "heavy"?
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These bikes want to drop because their mass is not centralized. They're known to be top heavy.

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Taken literally - this is light steering, if anything. Its how a bike with new tire and adjusted steering stem bearings may feel after riding a bike with a square tire and tight steering stem bearings.

Maybe you can offer a different description that matches "heavy"?
Okay so let me think some more on it.... it drops in, then to get it back up seems heavy? Which coming off my 919 with brand new tires was not similar, it would always want to stay settled into the corner, not drop in more.
I think I'm just having a learning curve.

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Check that ride height is matched front to rear. lowering the Strom is a popular mod that is easy to perform and easy to botch. If front is ignored when installing a longer link, the resulting rake change slows up the steering.

Maybe steering bearing adjustment is needed. Youtube is brimming over with how-to check and adjust vids.

Coming to an ADV bike from a race replica (GSXR) may require a new Strom rider to adjust his technique as to the effort needed to flick it in. Stroms should feel similarly agile compared to a sporting standard like the 919.

I'd say that a thorough chassis check up is due, but you should at least have a local Stromtrooper
swap bikes with you or (at least) take yours for a consultation ride.
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