Originally Posted by cwo
I am a new owner of an 05 LT. The other day I experienced a low speed front end shimmy. Hasn't happened since, but I am still concerned about it.
What may be the cause of this??
With over 180K under my belt on two LT's, and being a VERY unhappy customer when my brand spankin' new '01 LT started with the "shakes" at a few hundred miles I may
have a handle bar (groan...) on this issue.
1. Buy two new tires, this is probably the last
thing you want to hear - but if you have the shimmy the tires are worn (even at 1000 miles) and NOTHING
you can do at this point will correct it. You've probably been riding around at low speed with under inflated tires getting a feel for your new steed, making lots of low speed turns. You can hope, pray, mess around with the inflation, re-balance them, change brands, suspect the tires of belt separation, change the damper, accuse BMW of inferior components and terrible engineering, change the shocks, and 100 other things - but it won't help. Sorry.
2. Keep the new tires at 42 psi front and 48 psi rear and check them EACH TIME
before you go for a ride for this cold inflation.
3. Never, ever, make any more left turns.
4. Read this article in full to why I said never make any more left turns:
Motorcycle Tire Wear
5. Or, just learn to live with it and keep your hands on the handlebars - which is the official BMW line. Eventually, if you push your current tires to their limits you will
get a nasty tank slapper at speed with your hands off. Which is kind of fun with an 800 lb. motorsickle.