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The bike wobbles a lot at low speed. the casquette and triple clamp fittings are tight. The wheels are balanced, the swingarm bushes are new and the both wheels are aligned. The all wheel bearings have been replaced, the chainset and sprokets are new but the wobble persists.

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  • David Belcher
    David Belcher Oct 09, 2010

    Have you tried higher tire pressure (35 pounds)?

  • David Belcher
    David Belcher Oct 09, 2010

    Did you replace steering head bearings(not just tighten)? Consider one-piece bearings(all balls brand). Are the fork slide bushings in good shape(are they loose?) Perhaps the lower tubes are worn/bad.

  • samjesse Oct 09, 2010

    Steering bearings replaced as well (sorry there's a lot more I've done and I just couldn't remember to post it all up). Here in India, I haven't come across "one pience bearings".
    I'm afraid I don't understand it so clearly but if the Fork slide bushings were loose, wouldn't they be leaking the fork oil? Lower tubes? Do u mean the ones in which you fill the fork oil and that contain the fork spring? Could it actually be bad steering races (the metallic thingi that holds the bearings)?
    Could the problem be with the hub/axle assembly (although the bearings fit in nice and tight)?
    At low speeds (below 30km/hr), if I leave the handlebar, put the bike on neutral and allow the bike to slow down and stop on it's own, the bike starts to oscillate left and right. As the speed decreases, the oscillation angle increases to an extent that just before it actually halts, I'm forced to hold the handle or oscillations would just land me and the bike on the road.
    The problem exacerbates on downhill rides when it actually starts to feel very very scary.

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The problem you are describing is just low tire pressure. If you replace the steering neck bearings you also need to replace the races the bearings roll against to properly tighten the neck. One piece bearings are like automotive wheel bearings , It is a cone shaped bearing with a cone shaped race. If you know the dimension of the steering stem and the steering neck inner diameter , you may be able to purchase some.
If your fork slide bushings were loose , or if the inside of the fork lower/bottom were worn they could be sloppy with out leaking past the seal on top of the fork lower/bottom.
I think you need to inspect your tire for cupping and try 35 pounds of pressure that may be all you need.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

  • abhishekvish Jul 31, 2011

    Hi Samjesse,

    I too have the very same problem with the motorcycle. It all started when the motorcycle ran into a pothole and since it was filled, it was hard to see how deep it is. Both my wheels were out and the rims had to be sent for alignment. Even after that the problem continued to exist. Found out the bearings of the rear wheel are damaged too. The arm bush is intact luckily. I see you have posted this issue 10 months ago.
    Have you been able to solve the issue with the motorcycle? If yes, please tell me what was pointed out and how was it fixed? Would be grateful. Thanks a lot. As you mentioned , I'm forced to hold the handle or oscillations would just land me and the bike on the road. The problem exacerbates on downhill rides when it actually starts to feel very very scary.


    Abhishek from Pune

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