Front wheel wobble.....

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Front wheel wobble.....

Post by WiskeyJaR » Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:58 pm

I have gotten a wobble at low speeds, 10-35 mph. How actually do you adjust the steering damper? Turn it all the way to the right, then work it back while test riding it till wobble goes away? So far that has not help stop the wobble, maybe I should be looking else where for the issue?
Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by windmill » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:54 pm

WiskeyJaR wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:58 pm
I have gotten a wobble at low speeds, 10-35 mph. How actually do you adjust the steering damper? Turn it all the way to the right, then work it back while test riding it till wobble goes away? So far that has not help stop the wobble, maybe I should be looking else where for the issue?
Thanks for any advice.
Wobble? Do you mean head shake?

If yes, check wheel bearing, wheel weights, steering bearings, and damper mounting hardware. The Bitubo damper should prevent head shake even at its low settings if all is correct.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by chaos2 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:25 pm

Also, if it just started doing this check the dampener for leaks, and think back if you changed anything or hit some bad potholes and knocked something askew.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by Manscout » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:18 am

What tire are you running on the front?
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by WiskeyJaR » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:08 pm

Sorry for the lack of replies folks, been hunting.
What tire are you running on the front?
Using the stock tire, Duro 4.00-19.
Also, if it just started doing this check the dampener for leaks, and think back if you changed anything or hit some bad potholes and knocked something askew.
Have checked the dampener and found no apparent leak. I did slide backwards of the road , a very wet 2 track dirt road, about a month ago, but there didn't appear to be any damage to front tire/wheel as that was off the ground pointed skyward.

Wobble? Do you mean head shake?
Wobble, head shake....means same to me <shrugs> Handle bars twists left and right at low speeds, straightens out above 35 mph. I wouldn't think bearings would be messed up already, maybe.

The bike is ready for its 3000 mile maintenance, so might get some relief with that.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by Donbmw » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:22 pm

Sounds like the steering head is loose.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by WiskeyJaR » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:49 am

Wheel moves with handle bars.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by Rich Maund » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:56 am

Steering head bearings can loosen up when newish after some use. They can settle and then need checked and snugged. I would check this first as I have seen it happen over the years.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by WiskeyJaR » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:55 am

Ok, got bike out of shop today, from its 3500 mile check. They replaced damper, tightened the steering collar, and front shock nuts. Rides better now then when first got it new last June.
Also replaced the entire speedometer, now everything works, yea hey. And all the rest of warranty stuff, fluids, adjusted cables and such.

Now I knew these fun little bikes, needed tinkering with all the time, but there is more tinkering to be done then I had assumed.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by rd.king » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:01 pm

First thing I check with a steering wobble 3 wheels or 2 is tire air pressure.
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Re: Front wheel wobble.....

Post by RC20 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:04 pm

First thing I check the setting

Next is the fasteners on the damper itself.

Out of the factory loose on both ends (took a while to catch the two on the left side that attach to the Steering assembly )

Those two came loose again (on my list to replace with some Grade 8 fasteners with cap head and torque. not a good place for a hex for a straight good tighten.

so the simple easy stuff first before you jump into the deep end of the pool, if nothing else it ensures it was not one of those first two.
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