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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for mechanical info on 2008 1300 Vstar. All advice appreciated
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 05:59 PM
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Hi New girl! Welcome to the forum. Tell us a bit more about what's going on with your 1300 and do you have any pics of it? We love pics and we'll be glad to help anyway we can.


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Will post pic of my baby girl, always willing to show her off. Been having issues with front end shimmy (which I've found isn't that uncommon). Hoping to surf the forum and get some possible ideas. Thanks for the welcome Keith....J.
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You're quite welcome, be sure to ask your questions in the Vstar section. I ride the 950, the 1300s little brother. I've not experienced any shimmying with it.


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I've not read about issues on the 950s....seems like the shimmy is a problem with the 1100 and 1300. I had an 1100 prior to my current ride, had no problems. I dread taking it to a shop, have some guys take a cursory look, then tell me there's nothing wrong, I'm blowing it out of proportion.

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Welcome from Houston, Texas. What speed is you front end shimmer? Does it do is while holding constant speed, during acceleration or deceleration? Do you feel it in the handlebars or seat? Last time tires were changed? Last time brakes were changed? Have you added windshield or lowers?
New trunk or saddle bags? Have you recently changed rear shock preload? Last time belt was adjusted? Post as many details as you can to help diagnosis. Ride often and safe.

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Welcome vstarjewel. We have a great bunch of knowledgeable and helpful members here. Post any questions you may have and I'm sure someone will be able to help.
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Shimmy at 35 to 40 mph, regardless of road condition (want to learn how to defensively ride a motorcycle? Come to Michigan and try our roads).

Shimmy definitely in the handlebars. As I read elsewhere, and don't give me any s*** about this, if I take my hands off the handlebars for a moment it's clear that the front tire is shimmying.

Yes I keep my hands on the handlebars unless I'm trying to test for a shimmy in my front tire

New front and back brakes done about 2 months ago. New front tire end of last season, balanced,bead looked good no problems with mounting it.

No structural changes or additions. Same handlebars, windshield, bags, nothing new

BUT ...I will say that your comment in regards to the shocks intrigues me. one of the reasons I had the front brakes replaced is because I felt they weren't giving me enough stopping power. Now that they've been changed, it seems when I apply the front brake my front end goes forward and down quite a bit. Seriously wondering if the problem is in the front fork where the shock is.

And please bear with me, hope I'm using the correct terms for the parts .... not a mechanic 😂

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Welcome vstarjewel. We have a great bunch of knowledgeable and helpful members here. Post any questions you may have and I'm sure someone will be able to help.
Thanks for the welcome North! Am hoping to find some interesting stuff here. Love my bike, always intrigued on how she works.

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Welcome to the forum. Hope you find a solution. Read your other post, further regarding issue with your front end. Keep us posted. Curious to know what is causing it.

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