Originally Posted by Keithkmb
I just came form the dealer, he road the bike (again) checked the tire and still said everthing is OK.
He said I could put a new tire on and it would stop the woble for about 700 miles but it would come back.
In other words. he bascially said all was normal.
Holy crap! Front end wobble is normal ?!? Holy crap!
Sure wish I was as smart as all those BMW Service guys. I mean, dismissing a fundamental flaw in a motorcycle as "normal". Jeez.
When I mount and balance a new front tire on any of my bikes I'll do the following test.
With the cruise control or throttle lock set to maintain about 30 mph, I take both hands off the bars, keeping hands close above the grips to grab the bars if any wobble occurs. If all is normal I'll give the end of one of the bars a good firm push to try and induce a wobble. If all is correct the bike will damp out the oscillation. If it gets progressively worse, I know there is a problem with mounting or balance. If it passes the test I'll hit the bar a little harder. Then I do the same test at differing speeds. Lastly, I'd do the hands off, bar bump with the bike decelerating from 50-60 mph on a downhill grade. Again, the wobble should damp itself out relatively quickly.
Not that I recommend it, but a properly set up bike should be able to be ridden for miles with hands off the bars, using only weight shift for steering.
For those who consider such a wobble "normal", all I can say is "well, that's convenient."
Wobbles, oscillation, tank slappers, can be dangerous. I wouldn't accept the condition as "normal".