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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2014, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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front wheel wobble?

My 1100 Classic developed a front end wobble when decelerating. It's one of those wobbles that appear if you're not holding the bars tight.
I assumed it was my tire, as it was quite worn and due for a change.

I put a new tire and tube and installed dyna beads. Still wobbles.
I installed new wheel bearings. The wobble seems less severe but still there. Before the bearings it would wobble slowing down at any speed, now it seems to start around 40mph.
I checked for play at the steering head and there's none. I even tightened them a little, no change.
What's left? Brakes?
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Youve checked/changed all the things I would have done. hmmmmm
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Do you have spoke rims? If so, check for a loose spoke or two. A buddy I ride with had the same problem as you and it turned out he had a broken spoke. He fixed the spoke and the wobble went away.
If one was broke, you probably would have noticed that when changing the tire. But loose spokes can cause the same problem.

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+1 on the spokes. Mine did that with the rear and that was it.

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If you have inner tubes I had a hope when decelerating. I used dyna beads on a old tube and it must have been sticky in there. New tube and dyna beads and problem is fixed.
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Do you have spoke rims? If so, check for a loose spoke or two. A buddy I ride with had the same problem as you and it turned out he had a broken spoke. He fixed the spoke and the wobble went away.
If one was broke, you probably would have noticed that when changing the tire. But loose spokes can cause the same problem.

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Thanks, I'll check out the spokes and see if any are loose.
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whack each one with a wrench, you should hear a similar twang out of each of them. ALSO, have someone ride or drive next to you and watch your front wheel for a bend.
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I gave each spoke several taps and went around the rim 3 times. they all sound the same. I couldn't detect any that seemed loose.
Next up I guess is having someone ride next to me and look for a bent rim.
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I gave each spoke several taps and went around the rim 3 times. they all sound the same. I couldn't detect any that seemed loose.
Next up I guess is having someone ride next to me and look for a bent rim.
take the 10 min to take your front wheel off, take it to the local motorcycle shop and pay the $10 to have it balanced...

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take the 10 min to take your front wheel off, take it to the local motorcycle shop and pay the $10 to have it balanced...
The old tire wobbled, the new tire with dyna beads wobbles....why would it be a balance issue?
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