Hey guys, I'm trying to help out a friend from work with an 08 KLR. He bought it used last summer and the tires were shot on it, so he had a set of Kenda K761's installed. Weirdest thing, it feels like a gyroscope off centre, when you start to lean into a turn, it feels like it wants to flop on it's side. He had the wheels balanced when the Kenda's were installed and he's done lots of measuring to make sure that nothing is tweaked. It all appears straight. He's spun the wheels with the bike lifted to check for bent rims/wobbles and found nothing.
It's a really disconcerting feeling, so much so that we swapped bikes once so he could see what my 08 was like... I was more than happy to get off of his! He had a Barbie prior to this one and it handled fine so he was wondering if the 08's were just different, but the test ride on mine showed none of the traits his exhibits.
I originally thought of tread separation on the front tire, but when he spun it with the bike lifted the tire spun straight and true, tread didn't wobble. It's a really nice bike, it's been dropped a few times but nothing major, and its got the 685 kit
. He's going to try a different tire hoping it's the Kenda's (or maybe a bad one?) that's causing the handling. Unfortunately he never rode it before putting on the new tires, so he has no baseline before the Kenda's were installed. Any ideas guys? Steering head bearings maybe, would they make it want to flop over? Thanks in advance.