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post #1 of 5 Old 08-24-2008, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Speed Wobble

Pushing the limits of my '08 this morning......think I found one. Took a little ride this AM to Lake Kiowa, TX to check it out. Coming back on FM 902 between Ethel and Dorchester the road is two lane with a fair surface. I entered a long right hand sweeper at around 75 as indicated by the GPS. A little past midpoint I was rolling on what was left of the throttle to exit and a slow wobble started and was getting worse quick. Backed off and all was well, thankfully.

Got home and checked tire pressure, hot I had 36 rear, 27 front. For street riding I have been running 5 lbs over the Kawasaki suggested 28 rear, 21 front (cold). These are the stock K-750's, 2100 miles. The rear is getting worn fast in the center, I may make 3000. Going to try Gripsters soon. Lifted the front tire off the ground and checked the head bearings, no play, smooth turning left to right. Rear shock set to the third position. Damping is around 50/50. I had just filled the tank so I was as top heavy as it will ever get.

I've had other bikes in the past that were prone to this, notably that Honda 450 in my sig. It was predictable, hit a surface bump in a sweeper at speed and there you were fighting it until you slowed waaaay down.

Anyone else experience this? If so what did you do to correct, other than slow down ;-). I'm not complaining, the KLR does many things well and I love it for what it is.

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I have maintained 80 indicated, would be as you said 75 by GPS, with no issues what so ever. Once and only once have I had it above 90 indicated and I didn't like the feel of the bike at that speed. No wobble, but definately not stable.

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Did you have your;" Rear Trunk / Tailbag Protege' overnight suitcase ($ 24.00 @ Wal Mart)....yes, I'm cheap" on?

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Did you have your;" Rear Trunk / Tailbag Protege' overnight suitcase ($ 24.00 @ Wal Mart)....yes, I'm cheap" on?
Yeah, it was on. That could be a possibility. However there was no real weight in it. You suppose wind buffeting?
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Yeah, it was on. That could be a possibility. However there was no real weight in it. You suppose wind buffeting?
It's a possibility. I know a guy who put Givi luggage on his Strom and rode for a long time w/o issue...until conditions where just right (wrong) and he had a tank slapper that caused a crash. Hope it never happens again to you (or him)

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