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post #1 of 22 Old 04-01-2017, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Strange front steering issue

When I make a left turn I get this weird scrubby feedback from the front tire - hard to describe but almost like the tread is peeling off or something. The front tire looks normal, I make these turns both directions but this only happens in left turns.
I've looked at the forks - everything I can think of. It's just a moderate turn into streets - nuttin fancy.
It does however lessen my confidence in pushing the bike hard.
Thought maybe y'all might have some ideas to check. I still have a short time on factory warranty so I could get this fixed if something is amiss.
2015 DL650A - factory tires with about 8K on it but still has decent tread depth. It may be road surface related but I would expect it to act the same either direction.

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post #2 of 22 Old 04-01-2017, 10:37 AM
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First thing I check when I have any kind of "funny" feeling from the front is check tire pressure. Probably too simply a solution but at least start there.
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First thing I check when I have any kind of "funny" feeling from the front is check tire pressure. Probably too simply a solution but at least start there.
Yep - 32 PSI. I check it twice a week just because we have so much construction going on it's easy to pick up road hazards.

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Is that front tire cupped? Maybe more so on the left side than the right side?

My front tires tend to wear uneven between the left and right to the point that there may be more of a wobble (detectable at low speed and with a Tourance tire) on the left than the right.
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Is that front tire cupped? Maybe more so on the left side than the right side?

My front tires tend to wear uneven between the left and right to the point that there may be more of a wobble (detectable at low speed and with a Tourance tire) on the left than the right.
In fact there is slightly more wear on the left than the right but no cupping that I can detect.

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Hada vague feeling in my 2015 from the day i got it was a bit concerned, the dealership weren't hearing me, anyway put on a strombrace and all gone its great especially as I dropped the forks 7mm as suggested by the strombrace manufacturer.
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Is 33psi not the recommended (cold) pressure and are you sure your gauge is accurate? It sort of sounds like what you might expect from an under inflated tyre and road camber. I'd try 36psi, just to see what difference it makes.
And do you have a fork brace or any other mods to your front end, or rear tyre at all?
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Just for safety sake, can you put the bike up on the center stand, while using a sandbag or something on the tail rack, get he back wheel down and the front wheel up in the air. Wiggle it around / spin it by hand to see if a bearing is failing. Is everything at its proper torque spec? Just asking.
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Is 33psi not the recommended (cold) pressure and are you sure your gauge is accurate? It sort of sounds like what you might expect from an under inflated tyre and road camber. I'd try 36psi, just to see what difference it makes.
And do you have a fork brace or any other mods to your front end, or rear tyre at all?
I do have (Rick's) Adventure Tech fork brace. No other front or rear mods, not adjusted - stock height and all that.
I should have mentioned that this is always at residential area speeds - like 30 mph and less - and 90 degree turns. It's almost like the slowness and angle exacerbates the feeling. It is not something I worry about daily - just when it's wet or when I'm out riding for the thrills. I have not noticed any misbehaving at highway speeds or "normal" twisties with relatively benign curves. The ones I worry about are some we have by the lake with 15-20 mph hairpins and such - those I'm afraid to push through too hard. lol, i hate feeling like a wuss but I don't want to end up in the rocks or water either.

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Just for safety sake, can you put the bike up on the center stand, while using a sandbag or something on the tail rack, get he back wheel down and the front wheel up in the air. Wiggle it around / spin it by hand to see if a bearing is failing. Is everything at its proper torque spec? Just asking.
Good idea - I've rolled it but not checked torques and such.

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