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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2002, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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bike handling question

Several people have rode my bike said that it was tipsy and a workload to balance at low speeds compared to their bikes.

Is there any problem with my bike (98 zx6r)?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2002, 04:06 PM
 
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Tipsy?? A "workload to balance at low speeds (compared to their bikes)?? What the heck does that mean? You need friends that can give you better feedback than "tipsy".
What are their bikes? A ZX6 should present no low speed handling problems, if everything is aligned properly, and in good working order. Has it been crashed? Maybe the forks are tweeked, or the frame is out of alignment? Tire pressure O.K.? Has anyone been monkeying around with the fork height adjustment (raising/lowering forks in the triple clamp)?

Can these guys actually ride? Do they have any clue what they are talking about?
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Except for REALLY low tire pressure it's odd for handling problems to show up at low speed. What bikes do they ride???
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2002, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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They have a cbr600 f3 and a superhawk.
Its hard to describe here. They just say that it feels different from their bikes. When they say tipsy, like at low speeds, it seems the bike wants to fall when you turning the bike.
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tire pressure is ok.
would lowering the ride height cause this?
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basicblur should be here any second with pragmatic answers.........
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Originally posted by zx6r98kawi

would lowering the ride height cause this?
What have you done to alter the suspension, come on, clue us in to the whole situation so we might be able to speculate.

If you raised the forks way too much, maybe, but I'd expect this to affect it at speed more noticably.

Did they ride it over 20 mph or was all this parking lot stuff??????

Too many variables without a little more info.
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they said when its up to speed it flicks, quick from side to side around the curves. The guy who rides the superhawk said its like a toy. But around low speed, like parking lot speed like you mentioned or turning from a stop, its like the bike wants to fall on its side. I think the bike might have been lowered.
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Try lowering the training wheels, then send them out for another try!

Try it...........You'll like it!
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sounds like a crashed bike with bent forks or steering head. maybe both

Try it...........You'll like it!
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