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Transalp XL700V Headshake (shimmy)

I have a 2008 Transalp and the other day I happened to let go the handlebars at about 40-50 km/h. I got a headshake and a near "tankslapper" of note. Apparently this is common?? This is really unsafe, what will the front wheel be doing on a dirtroad!

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  • nickt123 Mar 29, 2009

    i have same problem , noticed wheel wobble when let go and found out its the top box causing it , took it off and it stops anyone have a solve for this ? so i can use it spose its fine 2 up


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There is not as much rake and trail on a dual sport as say a cruiser type making the straight line steering less stable at higher speeds than a bike w/ more rake and trail.,but on the other hand , much less steering effort and slow speed manueverability at lower speeds on the dual sport. raise front wheel up off ground and secure bike. come around to front of bike, kneel down and grab bottom of forks and pull & push front to back looking for steering stem bearing play if any tighten steering stem & recheck not too tight -steering should flop over when just off center ,if not -too tight loosen just enough.if still play after tightening, check bearing condition. also check front wheel bearing for play, and look for leaking fork seal,finally look for uneven tread wear caused by these conditions.make sure tire is properly inflated.

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