Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Left hand steering kick on front suspension compression
Hey guys, I have a left steering kick on my 1999 K 1200 LT, and it feels like it does it when the front suspension compresses. I am running Metzler 880's front and rear. The rear is new, they will both need replacement when the rear wears out (2 to 1 ratio).
Ever since I got it, the bike makes a truly sick sound when I hit any bump over about 3" high at speed. It's not the usual solid rubber bumpstop sound I am expecting. It sounds more like metal on metal, and not straight on.
Also, there was some thick oil fluid running down the left side fork, but in my incredible genius, I washed it off, and now it's gone, not to reappear. Steering stabilizer?? Left fork??
At first it was barely noticable, but now, going over an elevated bridge (with successive compressions) is downright dangerous. The whole bike starts to wobble.
Basically, to describe the wobble, when the front suspension compresses, I feel a [now] strong left hand kick in the handlebars. If I have both hands on the bars and am ready for it, and it's a single bump, it's no big deal. If there is more than one bump, or I'm not ready for it, it'll spook 'ya.
Opinions???? Is this the "head shaking" that I hear about??
Last edited by WildernessJeep; May 21st, 2007 at 8:41 pm.