EXTREME SPEED WOBBLE.... any suggestions? or clarifications?
I was on a camping trip this weekend. I took my klr. it's 2013 klr.
the bike was loaded with stuff, on the way out it was perfectly fine, but our speed never exceeded 80mph.
during the trails it was awesome, love the bike, it handled so well offroad, we did more than 140 miles of offroad loaded with stuff.
on the way back home, i noticed anytime i hit 80mph or 85... the steering would wobble and the bike does figure 8s.. i thought my front wheel is just grabbing the tracks on the highway, so i was not concerned.
right before i got home, the highway is downhill, so i think i hit higher than 80 or 85+mph... and the whole bike started to wobble like crazy, i thought i got a flat tire on the front wheel, i tried to brake on the rear, that made it worse, so i just let go the steering and gas, like LIGHTLY touching it, i let it do what it wants, it was like a 10 seconds earthquake hehe.... then it recovered.
scared the shit out of me...
any ideas? has any one experienced this? ...
i researched a bit and top 5 reasons that i found are these:
- if you are too heavy on the back and very light on the front and going fast, it happens cause the front wheel is lifted and barely have any pressure to maintain traction, and the bike does not have steering damper
- front wheel could be unbalanced or poor bearings or suspension is worn. but the tire is brand new and was balanced and mounted at the dealer, and the bike is not that old.
Do i need to install a steering damper on the bike?
LET ME KNOW! THANKS!
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