Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour
Day 30: Mt, Vernon, IL to Georgetown, KY
We had a cool and overcast morning, but the traffic was light on I64 well into Indiana so we made good time and had a good ride. The only thing of note is I felt a high frequency buzz in the handgrips that I didnít recall feeling before. It was very pronounced at 60-65 and lessened at 70. I thought it was the new front tire being out of balance, but I tried pulling in the clutch and it largely disappeared. I didnít feel it at all in the footpegs which is odd if it is engine related. So, I decided to keep going and see if it got worse.
After a coffee break, we hit some curvy sections of I64 and, guess what, the vibration largely disappeared when leaned over more than about 10 degrees. I am pretty sure now it is the rear tire. I donít think Iíve ever worn a BT020 down this far as I usually either need to remove one for a trip too long for the remaining tread, or, as at Russellville, for a big screw in the tire. The ME880s I wore this far made a racket, but no noticeable vibration. It is hard to believe a tire could do this, but it must be vibrating at the resonance frequency of the bars as they really buzz in my hands when upright between 60 and 65 MPH. No tingle at all in the pegs or seat, just the bars. Very strange.
No pictures again today as weíve been on this road before and not a whole lot to see.
2017 KLR650 "Mule"
2007 K1200LT "Starship Enterprise", VOICE II, Navigator V, Motorrad Communicator
1987 Kawasaki Voyager XII
1976 Kawasaki KH400
1973 Kawasaki 100 G5
1970 Rockford Chibi (the orange one)
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