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post #1 of 4 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 10:04 am Thread Starter
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Question Front end problem or Imagination

When I am going about 50+ mph the front end of the bike feels very light and the bike feels like it is not stable in the front. Not really a wobble or bounce like the tire is out of balance but a very light sensitive type feeling. Sorta like if you had 55lbs of air in the tire and the contact area was very small. Never felt like this before that I remember.

Recent History: I recently changed from Bstone radials which I have run since buying the bike used 14,000 miles ago to Metz's. I keep the air at 42frnt. - 48 rear. Took 1000 mile trip 2 up after I put the new tires on and bike felt fine. May have 1200 miles on new tire. Since trip I have taken off trunk and noticed this feeling on my 35 mile (each way) commute, 95% interstate. If the wind is up seems to be more noticeable.

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Maybe your bike just feels generally lighter without the trunk and it's not the front end??? I came to the LT after owning an 1150RT and a R1200C cruiser, and my LT (with trunk, riding only 1-up) feels very front-heavy to me in turns, both on the interstates and on secondary roads.

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You might want to check your steering damper...put the bike on the centerstand and sit someone in the passenger seat. Make a quick handlebar movement left and right to see if you have a slight resistence to movement. The resistence should be harder as you move the bars quicker. If you have on resistence, the damper could be bad.


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thanks Ron, I will check. I have had the trunk off before and it never felt like this. It's hard to describe.

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