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post #1 of 8 Old 08-20-2016, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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I got new brand new tires on my klr today. My issue is that the front tire has a noticeable wobble on it. I can see it at lower speeds. When I go up to higher speeds I dont feel and wobble or shaking in front end. The guy who put on the tires balanced them and said the front didnt need any weight it was perfect. Is this possible? Will it go away? Or is this normal?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-21-2016, 10:43 AM
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Imbalances don't usually "go away". Not often that a tire doesn't need some balancing weight. Check that the tire is properly seated on the bead for the entire circumference. I would suggest you take it back and have it checked again. Who installed the wheels back into the bike? Maybe somethng isn't quite right there.

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The bead line is raised right where the tire runs out of line and its only on the one side. I let all the air out and pushed in the tire to unseat the bead then I prayed with soapy water. Did this three times. the last time I put pressure on that spot and when I aired it up it the bead was still off in that spot. I think I got a bad tire!
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Doubtful that you got a bad tire. Likely you have a bad installer who did not properly seat the tire.

Take it back.

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No. Its mark! The bead is slightly raised at the valve stem I reseated the tire and it got a little better but still not happy. On the bead line theres 1mm difference at the valve stem. Am I being too picky?

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No! Definitely not! The tire is what keeps the shiny side up and the greasy side down.

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Really, this should be a learning experience for the installer, too. Proper seating is important to balance and tire wear. The tire may well be good in static balance, but it is not round. The out of round means that there is a bump, and that bump is going to hit the ground hard every time it goes around at speed. Not good for smooth running and tire wear.

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I reseated my k 270 only to find it is out of round.

There's a slight bounce from 30-50 mph. It's off now.
Ran it on a roadtrip and made the kids a tire swing after.

I do my own tires and routinely have to use 60-70+psi to pop the
bead fully then air down. It won't pop. M/c tires are very strong
due to liability issues. Seated a very tight Dunslop on my HD at 90psi once.

Your balancer/ installer should do it again. Get the service you paid for.
If there's any heat, mention said liability if the tire fails while you are
riding on THEIR work. There's an attention getter.

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I reseated my k 270 only to find it is out of round.

There's a slight bounce from 30-50 mph. It's off now.
Ran it on a roadtrip and made the kids a tire swing after.

I do my own tires and routinely have to use 60-70+psi to pop the
bead fully then air down. It won't pop. M/c tires are very strong
due to liability issues. Seated a very tight Dunslop on my HD at 90psi once.

Your balancer/ installer should do it again. Get the service you paid for.
If there's any heat, mention said liability if the tire fails while you are
riding on THEIR work. There's an attention getter.
Another K270 out of round!! I put 2 on my KLR, and both made front bounce. My son had the same with a K270 on his Honda. (Just my experience with K270's )

BTW: I got my money back on both tires. Put a Mitas E-07 on, and everything's good now.

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