Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Clarksville, TN 37040
Front Wheel Friction?
- - - The To-The-Point Statement - - -
I am concerned that there is friction around the axle area of the front wheel of my 2017 Gen II.
When I have the motorcycle on the jack-stands, the front wheel does not spin freely. It may spin twice when I try and spin it. I am not using all my strength to try and spin it. I am putting some effort into it, but I am not over-doing it.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
- - - The Long Story - - -
. So I ordered a Shinko 705 for the FRONT. (by the way, the OEM Dunlop front tire took me 7,000 miles) Due to my frustration of trying to get the tire back on the rim the last time I changed my REAR tire, I decided to put my motorcycle on the jack stands without taking off the Ammo-Can Saddlebags, and then take off the wheel, bring it to the local Motorcycle shop and have them put the tire on and balance it for me. No problem.
. I bring the wheel over with the new tire, they change the tire out using the same inner tube, I pay, drive home in my car, and put the wheel back on.
. I notice that there seems to be some friction causing the wheel to NOT spin freely. I loosen everything so that there is no tightness to any screw, nut, or bolt. I spin the tire. The tire spins better, but still has some friction. I take my motorcycle out for a brief ride, maybe about a mile, to check performance. Everything seems fine, but I am still concerned about that friction and the wheel not spinning freely.
. I take off the Ammo Can Saddlebags, put the bike on the jack stands, take off the front wheel, and the motorcycle tips off of the jack stands backwards, loses balance, but somehow manages to stay upright.
. So there I am, wrestling my motorcycle, trying to get it onto the jack stands properly. I give that up, eventually lay it down, put the wheel back on half-assed, pick up the bike, put it back on the stands, but I move the stands forward somewhat underneath the motorcycle so most of the weight is in the rear.
. I reattach the wheel, get in the car, drive to the local hardware store, get some lithium grease, come back, take the wheel off, apply lithium grease, put it back together, and I still have friction. Less friction than when I initially put the wheel back on, but I am not satisfied. It is less than perfect.
. I rode it yesterday normally. Took it through some fields, going across the plow marks to get a really bumpy ride, eventually come home last night after dark, went to sleep, woke up, and here I am now writing this.