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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-18-2002, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Handlebar wobble...

Just to start this out, I am not a stunt rider or anything, but on my old F4 I used to be able to take my hands off of the bars and the thing would pretty much steer itself. On my new XX however, if I take my hands off even for a second the bars start to wobble a little bit...I'm sure it would only get worse if I let it, but I don't want to find out. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it typical of this bike, or is something out of balance? The bike is only a couple of months old. If it is just typical to the design of the bike, would a steering damper correct this? Sometimes it just doesn't feel as stable as my old F4 did. Anyway, any help on this would be appreciated, thanks!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-18-2002, 05:00 PM
 
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I know a couple of people with the XX's and that is not common from their bikes anyway. The simple quick test is tire pressure if that is fine It could be an improperly balanced tire. Front end wobble could also be an effect if the rear tire is not correctly balanced.
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I wondered if tire pressure was it too, but every time I check them they are fine. I guess I'll have to break down and take it to the dealer. I doubt this'll be covered by the warranty, even though its done it since I bought the thing. Thanks for the help.

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Years ago I bought a Magna that had been wrecked, for $800 bucks. I used to take my hands off the bars sometimes, but one day out of the blue the handlebars started oscillating violently and the whole bike was shaking, scared the crap outta me. I never took my hands off the bars again. All the other bikes I owned if you take your hands off the bars nothing happens. I have no idea why it happened.
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Re: Handlebar wobble...

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On my new XX however, if I take my hands off even for a second the bars start to wobble a little bit...I'm sure it would only get worse if I let it, but I don't want to find out
I don't know about the XX, but it's pretty common on some bikes to shake the front end when the bars are released at around 50mph. The ST1100, for example, is notorious for it. Tire wear exacerbates the problem, but it does it even with brand new tires. The solution is to keep your hands on the bars.

You should check steering head, swingarm, and wheel bearings to be sure there's nothing amiss mechanically, but most likely it's just a characteristic of the bike.
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