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I just wanted know can low brake pads make your motorcyle shake in the front maybe i was going between 35mph or 40mph and it shimmied like it felt like the wheel was going to fall off, when i applied the front brakes and slowed down it stopped. i took back off and it didn't do this....but i notice my front brake pads where low..

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A warped brake disk or loose disk can cause a shimmy or "pulsing" in the front wheel. Check by gently applying the front brake. Feel a pulse or hear the pads repeatedly rub then release? Obviously, the disk run-out can be checked with a dial gauge but most owners don't have one. Ignore the brakes for a moment and check the wheel, wheel cylinder and disk mountings. Are they tight? Are the wheel bearings solid, does the wheel have lateral play? Does the steering stem have any movement, i.e. bad or loose stem bearings? Low pads should not cause your problem. Please rate my answer. Thanks!

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