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post #1 of 12 Old 07-13-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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tire balance

My 08 vstrom has a balance weight on the rear tire, but the front tire has nothing. Should I have the front tire balanced the bike is still under warranty. Has a bit vibration up front at low speed with little or light presure on the grips.
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certainly worth asking the dealer at the least.. good luck

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Consider balancing at home for no charge. I balance at home and get it absolutely perfect, and would rather do it myself than pay for the bottom man on the totem pole at the dealer's shop to do it.

There are lots of posts on balancing on this site.
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Or get some dynabeads.

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Has a bit vibration up front at low speed with little or light presure on the grips.
My experience with an out-of-balance tire is that it shows up more at higher speeds.

The tires they put on these have a more aggressive tread and can give a bit of bumpiness at low speeds, especially with a light grip on the bars.

I've now had 4 different front tires on my Strom, the original Trailwing had and needed no weight; the Avon Distanzia and TKC80 I put on the next 2 times needed quite a bit of weight. The Anakee I have on there now has a small bit of weight.

The Distanzia & TKC80 were both smooth up to highway speeds until they got some miles on them and cupped. The Anakee gives me a bit of weave at low speeds with light pressure on the bars.

FWIW Dynabeads were not the answer for me in either of the tires I put them in, I won't use them again.

I guess what I'm saying is that you tire is most likely completely normal. You don't say how many miles you have on the bike or what condition the front tire is in so it's hard to make a determination of whether your front tire is in need of replacement.

If it makes you feel good then have the dealer look at it, personally if the symptoms are as you describe I'd just ride it.

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Just had a set of Tourances mounted and while the rear required a weight, the front did not (stock Bridgestones required weight).

Asked the tech's about the lack of weights, and they rebalanced the wheel and tire (front) and again, no weights required, with no problems.

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Or get some dynabeads.
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I put Dyno Beads in my already perfectly balanced tires over a thousands miles ago. My tires at the time had 10,000 miles on them and looked as if I'd get another 8-10K.

The Dyno Beads threw the balance off. Cupped the front after just 100 miles. Anything over 75 MPH caused enough front end shake to make the mirrors’ useless.

I put the weights back on and can now at least do 85 MPH before the shakes starts. Now I just commute at 75 and deal with the minor cupped vibration.

Bought new Wings front and back but I'm reluctant to change out the tires because of the amount of thread left on the OEM. Maybe I’ll do it at around the ~16,000 mark.


One thing for sure, I won't be using Dyno Beads again.

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I put Dyno Beads in my already perfectly balanced tires over a thousands miles ago.
Why would you do that?


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My tires at the time had 10,000 miles on them and looked as if I'd get another 8-10K.
And there was NO cupping on the front?

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The Dyno Beads threw the balance off. Cupped the front after just 100 miles. Anything over 75 MPH caused enough front end shake to make the mirrors’ useless.
And you left them in? They cupped in 100 miles???

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I put the weights back on and can now at least do 85 MPH before the shakes starts. Now I just commute at 75 and deal with the minor cupped vibration.
Is this with the DynaBeads out now?

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Bought new Wings front and back but I'm reluctant to change out the tires because of the amount of thread left on the OEM. Maybe I’ll do it at around the ~16,000 mark.
OK, this part is a joke right?

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1 .Why would you do that?

2.And there was NO cupping on the front?

3. And you left them in? They cupped in 100 miles???

4. Is this with the DynaBeads out now?

5. OK, this part is a joke right?
1. I didn’t know they were still perfectly balance until after I put in the beads. Since the tires appeared to be at half life at ~10,000 miles I decided to try a mid-life rebalancing. Big Mistake.

2. It was a near perfect front...cept for the chicken strips.

3. Yes and Yes. Very minor cupping. It was easier to just put the weights back on. Things are good and perfect again. Except from the minor cup virbration past past 85MPH. I can live wit it.

4. No. See above.

5. Ah...nope. You’re welcomed to see the tires for yourself...if you were here. They appeared to be about half worn when I compared them to the New Wings. So I'll keep them on until ~16,000. I had planned on an 18,000 mile replacement (80% worn) until the failed Dyno Bead Experiment.

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