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Front end wobble

Good morning to all, I was on a road trip this weekend and it was around 104-106 degrees out,I was going about 45mph through a curve on some real new looking black top, my front end started a bad wobble and I thought I had a flat front tire. I pulled over and checked, but it was ok. I checked all of the front end bolts to make sure that they were still torqued, and all seems tight. Should I be worried, or was it just the hot road? The tire has real good tread, and the size is 90/90-21 m/c 54 H ME 880 marathon. thanks for your input

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New blacktop will often give you a squirmy feeling especially in heat and on curves.

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The problem is the fall away is out of adjustment i had the same problem take it to harley dealer to have it adjusted

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