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post #1 of 11 Old 08-12-2010, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Vibration

Recently purchased an 09 and noticed a vibration at 60mph and up. Any suggestions to tone it down.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-12-2010, 10:08 AM
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Check the head bearings for proper tightness. When up in the air, the forks should not flop back and forth too freely. There should be a wee bit of drag.

Check to make sure the bike was assembled with the fork tubes flush with the top of the tripple tree.

Try a few pounds difference in air pressure, up and down.

Knobbies will vibrate some, but the stock Dunlops shouldn't be too bad.

Check the balance of the front wheel - is there a weight on one spoke, indicating that at least some attempt was made to balance the wheel?

Finding the source of vibrations can be difficult, as there are many potential causes, but those are some of the most common.

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Curious....anything after market hanging on the rear of the bike, like bags?

And welcome to the forum. What color did you get? Some of those slow colors might vibrate like hell if you try to push them...

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Run it up to 70 and pull in the clutch, let it idle.
Vibes still there? Check wheels/tires/drive.
No vibes? Check all motor mounts for tightness. I just re-timed the balancers in my '88 and it made a huge difference, they were out of time by quite a bit by whoever put her together.

Keep us posted as to what you find.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-12-2010, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tom
I will check out the forks this week end.
There are actually two wieghts on the front.

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Do you mean vibration or high speed wobble?

As far as vibes: If a KLR isn't shaking, it isn't running. LOL

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Do you mean vibration or high speed wobble?

As far as vibes: If a KLR isn't shaking, it isn't running. LOL
I hear ya.
No wobble just vibration, my buddy and I bought ours at the same time, his doesn't seem to vibrate as much.

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Thanks I'll give it a shot.
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No bags - I havn't put them on yet, and I have the black and green.
My buddy got the blue and black, smoother ride.
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No bags - I havn't put them on yet, and I have the black and green.
My buddy got the blue and black, smoother ride.
If you're not happy and you have something to compare it to (like your buddy's identical bike) you have a perfectly good reason to use the 12 month warranty that the bike came with..

Don't wait.. Contact the dealer and get your documentation of the issue started today! The sooner they know about it, the sooner it can be fixed.
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