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post #1 of 12 Old 09-06-2012, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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slight front end wobble

Bought an '05 couple weeks ago and have put a couple hundred easy miles on it. I need to do a very thorough inspection/adjustment regime when I get all my tools together. One thing I did notice was a slight 'wobble' in the front end -- hard to describe, but when I move the bars it seems overly sensitive compared to my '06. Tires look good, I can't see any problem with the fork, no evidence of a serious crash. My '06 does have a fork brace.
Anything I should look for?? Adjustments?? Thanks
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-06-2012, 10:07 AM
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What tire brand is mounted and is the front worn? Loose steering head bearings, tire brand and tire wear are the biggest influences.

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Fork brace, etc can make a big difference.

One other thing to consider is if the brands of the front tire are different between your 2006 and 2005.

On my 2012 I recently (last Friday) switched from the stock front tire to a Tourance (Non EXP) and the difference in handling was so different I checked over my front suspension to make sure all was okay. It reacted much more quickly to inputs and did lots of other things quite differently. (Now with 600 miles on the front tire I love the differences.. but it was disturbing at first.)

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I just mounted my last Tourance tire on a bike. My Vee shook its head terrible as the tourance (non exp) began to wear. In 3000 miles or so the ride was terrible. I also had issues with cracking around the tread blocks on tires less than 2 years old and the bike is kept indoors when its not on the road.

Anakees have solved the problem for now but in a few thousand more miles we will know for sure. I absolutely love the ride, traction, and looks of my new anakees for the mostly bad road type riding I do.

I bought tourance, 4 rears and 2 fronts before I gave up and switched brands.

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fork brace

I put on a Richland Ricks fork brace on my 05 wee and the headshake went away . If you rode many years ago when bikes had steel fenders they were the fork brace and unless we put on an extended fork we never had wobble .
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Thanks to all for input. I am not in a position to do a side by side comparison, but all tires are stick and no visible defects. I will install the forkbrace and check the bearings and see what happens.
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A few months ago I installed a fork brace. A month after that I tore my front end apart to replace springs and install Intiminators. When I rode to work the following day, I thought, "oh, crap, I didn't put something together right, it's all loose." Took me a couple minutes to realize I had forgotten Rick's fork brace. Here's another vote for you feeling the difference between brace and no brace.

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I've just done a lot of Km's on my new Vee and I'm hoping the Shinko 705 tyres and lack of fork brace is causing the front end wobble and general instability at low speeds... at speeds above 50km/hr no issues.

One thing I'm getting used to is the style of riding... I'm so used to my sports bike and this is completely different... With my aprilia I counter steer all the time but with the vee I find I steer into the corner more...

First impressions are great... but I'm not really liking the Shinko tyres... since most of my riding will be roads I'll get something a bit more road orientated.
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You are still countersteering until the laws of physics are repealed. Move the bars in one direction or another consciously in a parking lot and see which direction you turn.

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I've replaced my front fork springs, have a fork brace and new tires and I get a pretty healthy wobble when going 90+ and a wind gust or big bump hits. Maybe its time for a different bike?

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