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post #1 of 13 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 11:07 pm Thread Starter
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I have a '99 LT with nearly 70,000 miles. Going down Priest Grade is a no brainer...2nd gear and the compression will keep the braking to a minimum. Going up is another story. Third gear, 30 MPH and the music starts! You can't hear it, but the big girl does, and she starts gently swaying her hips right and left to the yet to be heard Hawaiian guitars. Is this a preliminary indication that something major is about to fall off the bike, or is it normal?

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post #2 of 13 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 11:14 pm
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Definitely not normal, but very strange you're only feeling it going uphill. Something like that should be noticeable regarldless of the grade of the road (speed may make it more or less apparent). Are you sure it's not the road surface? What happens when you go up a similar grade elsewhere, or take 120 up to the top instead of Priest Grade (I'm in the right location, correct?)? You can check the rear wheel for excessive side-to-side play. PUt the bike on the centerstand and try to moce the rear wheel side to side gripping ort from the back. if it's moving around something is not right.

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post #3 of 13 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 11:18 pm
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Find an old "Israel" tape or cd and listen to the soothing Hawaiian sounds as she sways gently from side to side. Seriously, it could be your preload on your rear shock, or it could be the shock is just worn out. It could be your tire pressure 42 fr and 48 rear needed for the big waiheenee.
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The preload might be the problem. I have it set pretty far down the scale. I'm 170# and only ride solo.

Thanks to you both for your input! I'll check it carefully this weekend, and will let you know what I find.

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by the way...Dave, you're right. Old Priest Grade is the short cut-on Hwy 120. This is definitely Bike Heaven up here!
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3rd gear at 30 MPH ???? Going Uphill ????


My LT would spit me off and run me over if I tried that.

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post #7 of 13 Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 11:57 pm
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Old Priest Grade in 3rd gear? I always get stuck behind a car and am in 1st or 2nd. What was your RPMs in 3rd?

Recently we rode up Hwy 49 from Coulterville to Bear Valley (Little Dragon), up to Mariposa and back thru Cathy's Valley Snelling etc. My 2005 LT was groaning on the turns. I'm anal about my tire pressure and my tires (Bridgestone) weren't that old (7,000 +/- miles). I thought a bearing or something was about to go. It turned out it was my tires! (3rd Front 2nd Rear on 18,000 miles.) Switched to Metzler no more groaning! It was my tires! We'll see how the Metzler's hold up. While I had tread the Bridgestones were scalloping on the edges and that's what was making the noise.
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post #8 of 13 Old Oct 24th, 2007, 11:08 pm Thread Starter
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I don't recall the revs, but low 2000's seems to ring a bell.

The roads up here in the foothills are much saner since the summer tourist season wound down. A bunch of us did the ride from 120, through Greeley Hill, Coulterville into Mariposa. My only complaint was that even though I wasn't pushing 'er that hard, I kept scraping the pegs. One solution might be to raise the suspension, but I can't reach the ground as it is!

I have Metzlers, a new one up front, and I get that groan in the corners, too. I like that they are predictable...but I also get that annoying groan.
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IMHO ... going UP Old Priest Grade on low 2K rpms is almost asking for a stall situation. That road is steep! 3.5k rpm minimum is my comfort zone for such a steep and sometimes,slow (behind cars etc), condition. Could the "Bavarian Hula" be a result of lugging the engine? JMTCW
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I would keep the RPM above 3,000 even on the flat. Especially on the older models with different rear drive ratios, like my 2000.

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Third gear at 30mph, steep up hill is not good for the bike. I am sure it probably affected the handling also. 1st gear at redline is a little over 60. Steep up hill at 30mph, 1st gear is what I would be in. LT's love RPM not luggin.

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I'll up the revs. This weekend, I'll check for play in the the rear end, cinch up the preload a bit, check the tires and will let y'all know if she's happier.

I'm surprised how many people know about our little Lombard Street of the Oaks...

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Do you ride your bike at low RPMs alot like that?? If so, I wouldn't be surprised if you have built up alot of carbon deposits in the engine. You may want to run some 44K through your fuel.

The bike is nice and smooth cruising at 3K but it has a totally different personality above 5K... Try it, it is alot of fun... Good for blowing out that carbon also....

There have been several threads on this forum about accellerating on steep grades uphill below 3K rpms. As it has been said, it really is not good for your engine to lug it...
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