Join Date: May 2016
Location: Virginia Beach
Year/Make/Model: 2016 Kawasaki Voyager; 2004 VFR800; 2003 VTX 1300
Don't rule out the tires. My new metzeler front tire caused a hell of a wobble. Hands-on the bars, wobble started around 35 and with both hands on would wobble up to around 50....couldn't even consider riding with only one hand or checking decel wobble with no hands. To be clear, I have had good luck with Metzeler on multiple bikes in the past so I disregarded logic and thought my problem was elsewhere....perhaps the newer stem bearings loosened up or a rear end problem. Well, after a good bit of unnecessary work redoing the stem bearings, rebuilding front
suspension, adjusting rear suspension & checking alignment of everything turned out the new front tire was the problem. New michelin and can ride hands free for miles.
If the you are positive the tires are good - Check stem & suspension adjustments. The 1700's suspension is soft from the factory and if the rear shocks are pumped up a good bit but the forks haven't had any love (springs/spacers) the attitude of the chassis (front/rear weight bias) could be less than ideal. Raising the rear and/or dropping the front makes it steer quicker but the resulting changes rake & trail numbers tends to induce stability problems at higher speeds.
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Last edited by gearhead759; 07-09-2019 at 03:39 PM.