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Got a new kind of shaking now. If I let go of the bars around 35mph and above the front end shakes, but it's not consistent, doesn't happen all the time.

Somebody will say, don't let go of the bars. But it wants to shake some times if I just relax my arms. I can stop it by changing speed quickly and/or tightening my grip and arm muscles.

It's getting a new tire right away, anything I should do or look for? I've already checked all the bearings and none have any play at least.

I also need to align the front. It was biased to the left and I tweaked it twice, which helped but it's still pulling slightly. Related?
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^ x2. Ride-On in the tire could help to balance it out some too as well as potentially saving you from a flat.
 

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^ x2. Ride-On in the tire could help to balance it out some too as well as potentially saving you from a flat.
And check the side to side runout on your front wheel,it may be bent a little.
 

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You might want to check your calipers. If one isn't fully releasing, it could cause the symptom you're talking about. If it was something bent or out of balance, I would think that it wouldn't happen intermittently, nor go away by blipping the throttle.

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Also, while the front tire is lifted off the ground check back and forth and side to side play in the tree neck. Could have warn bearings in the neck.
 

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Ok, thanks guys, headed out to change the tire and I'll check all these items. I do have the Ride-On to put in the tire, it's working fine for the rear, didn't even notice anything on the first couple of miles.

Bent rim is a possibility since it hit some way with the front, didn't look for that or the runout.
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Mounted the tire and rode 60 miles. The shake is gone with the old tire, it looked a tiny bit deformed after I got it off. It does have some very slight play in the neck if you pull the forks forward, the wheel was arrow straight.

Just need to get the alignment right, still biased left a bit.

Nice ride today, ran great, great gas mileage and power, handles pretty good even with bad alignment.

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I didn't know you could align the front tire. Maybe you’re leaning a tiny bit to one side. With my scoliosis I know my upper body leans a bit to one side which can make my slightly offside weight make the bike ease to the right if I’m just sitting relaxed.
 

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I didn't know you could align the front tire. Maybe you’re leaning a tiny bit to one side. With my scoliosis I know my upper body leans a bit to one side which can make my slightly offside weight make the bike ease to the right if I’m just sitting relaxed.
Yeah, the tubes can allow the front wheel to twist one direction or another if they are loose. Also, if the tubes are not level in the triple, it could cause mis-alignment.
 

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Yep, when I bought it, the tubes were uneven and both were too high in the clamps. Still not perfect, might need more hands. It's a whole lot better, but with no hands, I'm still leaning over the right side to keep it going straight. At least the left hand isn't cramping now from constant counter-steering, like it was.
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Spock, I would like you to do the following. At standstill, put the bike in first, clamp down on the front brake. Ease the clutch out a number of times while watching the front tire contact. Have your but off the seat, if the body of the bike moves AT ALL I would not ride it at speed.

Anything else you will have some control over.
 

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wm, are you talking about watching for movement in the neck bearings? Because that's what I'll try when I pull it in the garage in a minute.

The new oversized front tire is working great, didn't get to look at the speedo vs. GPS.

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watching for movement in the neck bearings?
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This is almost impossible to do. The weight of the cycle is multiplied by the front rake.

a good friend bought a mid '80's GW, it developed an intermittent shake so severe you had to stop at all costs. I explained what it had to be, he said he had no distinguishable steering head play. He was afraid to ride it. Weeks later, I visited. The bike would move 3+ inches w/the front tire stationary.
 

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Mine just compresses the front forks then the front starts wheel hopping and sliding the front tire. I lunged it several times to the back of the stall and didn't see anything other than that.

It's not shaking like it was before I changed the tire. There may be a very slight shimmy once in a while, but it also seems to coincide with bad roads.
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Thanks Spock, I hate bad news.

Any play would have been apparent before the front shocks compress. I never let the clutch out that far. Just enough to use the motor to take the play out.
 
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