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Front Wheel Problem

I have a 2003 a LEONARDO that I recently purchased used. 2000 miles on her. The front wheel had a flat spot that caused some front hop. I had my local dealer order a new wheel. The hop is gone but there is an ever so slight head shake at about 45 mph. I am running Metzlers which are also new. Has anyone had a similar issue. Is this acceptable for these aluminum spoked wheels? Help appreciated.

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Sorry you're having problems with your new bike give it a bit of time and you'll work through the issues. Be patient. First thing you should do is NOT trust the Aprilia 'experts' in GA. Your bike should not shake at 45 MPH. It is not within 'normal limits'. I routinely run up to 95MPH and she is smooth stable and confidence inspiring. Quite a few things (or a combination of factors) could be causing the wobble. The first thing I would recomend is that you find another shop that KNOWS exactly how to true a spoked wheel. Start with a good MX shop as they see simular wheels all the time. See what happens after they work with it. There have been a number of people that report wobble on worn Metzlers but I don't recall new ones being an issue. It is possible (however unlikely) that you have a bad tire that is adding difficulty to the diagnosis. What type of screen is on the bike and has it been modified. Do a search, a few people have reported low frequency harmonics or wobble with a certain aftermarket windscreen. Right now I can't remember which. Do you have any handguards on the bike (BMW or Aprilia aftermarket)? Are the bar end weights in place and OEM? Have you assured that you don't have a slightly warped disk or breaking issue? When breaking does the bike break smooth, straight, and strong? With a little effort I'm sure you'll figure out what's going on and you'll fall in love with the Capo. It has so much more 'soul' than the others... ,,,

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