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I have front end wobble on my motorcyle.The wheel has been balanced a couple of times.I have had a new tyre fitted.No problems with head bearings etc.Still I have the problem around 40.Can you help please?

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Hello geoff100lee.... many of the "C's" have a small wobble in the steering at certain speeds...most notable while decelerating... Two considerations that control a front end shimmy are the tightness of the steering head bearing and steering dampers.
Since most bikes don't have steering dampers it's EXTREMELY important that the head bearing is properly adjusted. Your dealer is most likely aware of this problem on the "C", even if he won't admit to it.
There is a fix for it using tapered needle bearings. The bearings are about 40 buxs, but requires pressing and a few special tools to install. If you search VTXcafe.com or VTXOA.com forums you can find instructions.
Good luck...i hope this helps. please rate me a fixya.

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Just because the front end wobbles, doesn't mean that the problem is at that end. If the tyre on the rear has uneven wear or hasn't been fitted properly or has just slipped due to torque slippage. it can cause a "tank slapper" this problem is exacerbated by the length of Cruiser style bikes. The reason this can feel like a front end wobble is because the headstock is the only real "bendy" bit on the bike. Always check both ends when it comes to anything concerning tyres or wheels.

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I started out with Dunlop tires on my 2006, I got rid of them and changed brands and NO wobble. Was like a new bike.

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