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post #1 of 10 Old Oct 1st, 2006, 6:13 pm Thread Starter
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'05 1200LT handlebar wobble

Have looked through the forum for a thread on this but don't seem to find one quickly. I'm sure question has been asked before but here goes. My bike has pretty good handle bar wobble at speeds between 15mph and 50mph. If you use one hand to hold bars wobble is bad but with little pressure will go away. So I tested by keeping hands close to bars and letting go....started out bad then would get worse. At higher speeds do not haqve a problem. Is this normal or a problem? P.S. I don't normally ride without hands just trying to check out this problem. What do you think??
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post #2 of 10 Old Oct 1st, 2006, 6:18 pm
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Normal? Yes and No. Usually related to tire wear or out of round conditions. Typically it manifests itself on decel through 45 mph. My 05 was flawless for about the first 4k miles then it developed the "wobble". Have replaced tires and it is still there (but my new front was a bit out of round). New rear going on tomorrow (often it is the rear tire that affects the front wobble). Will see if is goes away this time.

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post #3 of 10 Old Oct 1st, 2006, 7:20 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply. I guess will ck tires and pressure and just ride the thing Thanks again
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post #4 of 10 Old Oct 1st, 2006, 7:54 pm
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I just had my '05 services under warranty for just this. Some 'knuckle' was replaced under warranty and I also replaced my tires (Bridgestone originals @ 8,000 miles) with Metzelers. The front tire was badly scalloped. I didn't know what scalloping is but tech showed me the bumps on the tire (front). This contributed to the 40 mph, hands of bars wobble, but the scalloped tire caused the bars to shake in slow maneuvers/turns.
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post #5 of 10 Old Oct 1st, 2006, 8:14 pm
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I passed the 20k revision and the mechanics changed the tyre preasure down to 2,5. Before I had it at 2,9. It did wobble, but after increasing the preasure it came back to normal. Check it out and see whether it helps. My tyres are BT20.
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post #6 of 10 Old Oct 1st, 2006, 8:18 pm
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Tires Tires

I dont know how many miles you have on your bike but I replaced both tires with new (different brand) at 4300 and the wobble went away.
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post #7 of 10 Old Oct 2nd, 2006, 1:26 am
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No wobble here (tested today). 05 LT with 7,000 km.

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post #8 of 10 Old Oct 2nd, 2006, 9:08 am
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If your wobbles continue, us '99 LT owners suggest you go out and find yourself a '99 model LT and enjoy faultless steering at any speed.

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post #9 of 10 Old Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:58 am
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Had wobble at 4500 with 020's... Replaced front tire @ 1mm with 880 and wobble went away!!

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It seems that most all of the wobble issues come down to tires. Sometimes its underinflation or balance but most often its just wear. I got rid of the "45mph no hands on the bars" wobble on my '05 when I put a new rear 880 on the bike. -Chuck-

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