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1Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Front end wobble Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:44 pm

DeanG

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My 1985 K100rs seems to have developed a front end wobble. At 45 to 50 mph if I take my left hand off the grip a significant wobble or low frequency vibration occurs. Hands back on the bars, and speeding up or slowing down and all is smooth again. Dunlop tires are one year old, inflated properly and look fine. Steering head bearings were replaced last year. Axle bolt torqued to spec. I greatly appreciate your thoughts before I take it to the shop $$$. Thanks.

    

2Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:53 pm

Born Again Eccentric

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Usual causes of such a wobble is:

  • Steering head bearings - did you replace both complete bearings, including outer races which are an interference fit in the frame?
  • Steering head bearing - check the knurled nut has not come loose and is torqued correctly
  • Loss of balance weight off wheel - might be worth getting wheel checked for balance. I tried Dunlop street something tyres, didn’t like them and the wore out fast too.
  • Buckled wheel - like to think you’d know if you’d hit something or a pothole that hard though


When I have experienced the symptoms you describe, it was my steering head bearings that had worn. Changed them and all good.


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"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

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Dai

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Recheck the steering head bearings. There's a specific method of installing taper rollers (check your manual - Clymer, I'd guess) and they always need rechecking after X-specified miles.


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1978 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, 1979 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,1993 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California
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4Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:12 pm

DeanG

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I had my local shop replace the steering head bearings last year. I trust these guys but I will talk to them. I will check tire for balance weights. Thanks for suggestions!

    

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Matthew-Brisbane

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Mine had a head shake from a bent fork  

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6Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:45 pm

Rickmeister

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Years ago, on the Yellow Peril, ('90 K100LT) riding home from a gathering up north with Charlie and the boys, I had a very similar occurrence. Downhill, about 70 - 80 Km/h, hands off the bars to have a stretch, the front wobbled like crazy. Had to be v.quick to get the hands on the bars again to regain control.

After much gnashing of teeth and numerous enquiries, it turned out to be the front tyre! Replaced and all was well.


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7Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:50 am

DeanG

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Mine too is the Yellow Peril! The tire looks good, but?Front end wobble F1ccd310

    

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Rickmeister

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Dean, that looks great!

I must admit that at times I do miss the K!  Crying or Very sad 

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Point-Seven-five

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Taxi!!!


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1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

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1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

10Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:51 am

DeanG

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That is not a stock color. I know mine isn't. Looks great and can be seen!

    

11Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:51 am

Snod Blatter

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I've also had head shakes when on overrun at those speeds, and it gets worse as the tyres wear out. One time I had a Metzeler Lasertec on the front which was simply horrendous..

So, what pressures are you running and what kind of tread depth have you got left?


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12Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:28 am

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@Snod Blatter wrote:I've also had head shakes when on overrun at those speeds, and it gets w orse as the tyres wear out. One time I had a Metzeler Lasertec on the front which was simply horrendous..

So, what pressures are you running and what kind of tread depth have you got left?
I had 2 Ks that POs had Lasertecs on them. Absolutely horrific tyres and found them really bad in rain.

After that, all got BT45. I set the K100LT on cruise on motorway and did about 5 miles hands off using slight body weight shift to steer. Steady as a rock, head bearings and rear shock and rear tyre all known to be good at the time and not carrying much. Too much weight biased to the rear can cause shake too.


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red 578 bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 689 58,645 now 106,950 miles Deceased.
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 606 Alaska Blue 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell Now 37,190 miles. 
1996 K1100LT 0233004 Lohengrin Mystic Red 38,000 miles currently 42,640 miles.

Past:
1968 Yamaha 80 YG1
1971 Yamaha 125 YAS-1
1968 Honda 125 SS
1970 Honda CD 175
1973 Honda CB500-4
Honda CX 500
    

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@DeanG wrote:That is not a stock color. I know mine isn't. Looks great and can be seen!
Being a Portland-area bike, is this the Bismarck, of Old Goat fame?


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1970 R60/5, OZ '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, OZ '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT & 2013 R1200RT-P  - Beemers owned still or sold.

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14Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:58 pm

schrocketeer

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What is the recommended (personal experience wise) tire pressure?
  On my RT, running solo, 34psi front, and 38 psi rear seems to do well. If I run 32 front, 32 rear the head shake increases.


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85 K100RT
91 XR250
97 XR100
70 CT70
06 YFM400
 
Past Bikes:
95 VLX600
86 TRX250
02 GZ250
83 Z50R
78 ATC90
86 XR250
79 XR500
72 AT1
75 YZ360
78 DT400
75 DT125
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15Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:34 pm

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@schrocketeer wrote:What is the recommended (personal experience wise) tire pressure?
  On my RT, running solo, 34psi front, and 38 psi rear seems to do well. If I run 32 front, 32 rear the head shake increases.
Never less than 38-40 psi front & 40-44 psi rear (load dependent), radial Michelin Pilot Road, on my 1987 K100RS. When I used Pirelli Demon bias ply I used a bit less than 44 psi in the rear, but I have always kept higher pressure in the front for suspension 'feel', tyre life and steering precision.



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1970 R60/5, OZ '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, OZ '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT & 2013 R1200RT-P  - Beemers owned still or sold.

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16Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:12 pm

ERasberg

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I have also experienced similar behaviour.
You can check out the thread in the below link.
https://www.k100-forum.com/t14227-unprovoked-wobbling-k100rs#167130


In my case it was the front tire that cracked due to old age (as you can see from the pictures way down in the thread). This shouldn't be the root cause of your issues unless you drove over a nail or pot hole and developed an internal crack.
Everyone on this forum also told me that the tire pressures in the manual are too low for modern tires.
The thread also describes a simple test you can do to check the front wheel bearing which could also be a source of wobble.

My fix was simple. Change tires and inflate to the above suggested pressure range.

Hope this might be of help.

Best regards,
Einar.


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17Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:33 pm

Dai

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I have Avon RoadRiders on Low Flying Brick and run them at 38/42psi. Much better feel than the recommended pressure by a long, long way.


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1978 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, 1979 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,1993 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California
2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
    

18Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:07 pm

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@Dai wrote:I have Avon RoadRiders on Low Flying Brick and run them at 38/42psi. Much better feel than the recommended pressure by a long, long way.
+1 on those pressures for my BT45s and Pirelli Sport Demons. Massive improvement in road grip, stability and tyre wear.
(A bit more in the back if I'm loaded up for a trip.)

Bill


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1985 K100RT  VIN 0028991  My original Very Happy   (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT  VIN 0029036  BOB the Blue Old Bike  (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT  VIN 0190452  Work in progress
1984 K100RT  VIN 0023022  Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT  VIN 0090542  Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT  VIN 0183046  Work in progress
1993 K75S  VIN 0213045  Newest toy, slightly non-original
    

19Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:59 pm

DeanG

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I have been running tires a pressure recommended in original owners manual. I will try with more air and report back. Thanks.

    

20Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:23 am

moriarti

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Read in CLYMER. BMW do not recommend V rated tyres on K75s .
Anybody know why. scratch


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21Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:31 am

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@Dai wrote:I have Avon RoadRiders on Low Flying Brick and run them at 38/42psi. Much better feel than the recommended pressure by a long, long way.
I use these same pressures too on Battlax BT45 and arrived at them by trial and error before I came on the forum. I can tell on the bike if they have dropped even 1psi

I get my tyres on at a Honda dealer and they send every bike out at 30/30.


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red 578 bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 689 58,645 now 106,950 miles Deceased.
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 606 Alaska Blue 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell Now 37,190 miles. 
1996 K1100LT 0233004 Lohengrin Mystic Red 38,000 miles currently 42,640 miles.

Past:
1968 Yamaha 80 YG1
1971 Yamaha 125 YAS-1
1968 Honda 125 SS
1970 Honda CD 175
1973 Honda CB500-4
Honda CX 500
    

22Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:11 am

Dai

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@moriarti wrote:Read in CLYMER. BMW do not recommend V rated tyres on K75s .
Anybody know why. scratch
That's old, out-dated info from the time when V-rated tyres were very soft and wore out quickly. The heavier the bike, the faster the tyres wore. More manufacturers don't even make H-rated tyres any more.


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1978 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, 1979 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,1993 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California
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Thanks Dia,SENIOR MOMENT, my mate rides a 75 so needed to ask  Embarassed Embarassed



see what i mean cant even spell DAI  Embarassed Embarassed


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24Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:58 am

Point-Seven-five

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38/42 here as well.  One up or two, an afternoon ride or taking off for three weeks those pressures work pretty well on every brick I've owned.  Metzlers, Continentals, Shinkos or Bridgestones, 38/42 works.

When the pressure gets down to 32 front or 34 rear I can feel how hard the bike is to push around the garage.


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1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

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@92KK 84WW Olaf wrote:
@Dai wrote:I have Avon RoadRiders on Low Flying Brick and run them at 38/42psi. Much better feel than the recommended pressure by a long, long way.
I use these same pressures too on Battlax BT45 and arrived at them by trial and error before I came on the forum. I can tell on the bike if they have dropped even 1psi

I get my tyres on at a Honda dealer and they send every bike out at 30/30.
It amazes me what various dealers do and say to their customers. Last year I was riding in Podunk Montana and had a slight front end vibe on my K1300GT. I saw that a couple of the wheel weights had gone walkabout - weights I had improperly 'installed' the week before. I went straight in to the Honda/Kawasaki/farm equipment service department enquiring whether I could buy a strip of 1/4 oz weights from them. The service manager stayed sitting at his desk 20 feet away and with almost a pained expression, defensively told me to go and look at any of the 200+ mph bikes on the floor (not a single bike there would go more than 186 mph, but that's another story). "None of them have weights on them." he proclaimed. "We don't balance any tires here. Haven't for years." I didn't even answer him, just turned round and walked out the door. A salesman saw the exchange and snuck outside to hand me a business card of a local guy who did work on the side on bikes. I imagine this scenario plays out regularly there.

A Michelin distributor rep told me a coupla years ago that every new Michie radial made has no natural rubber in it (all silica, he said) and that you should just air them both to 42 psi, that there's no real 'warm up' period as in the 'olden daze', checking pressures every once in a while. I don't take that advice as gospel and can feel the difference when my front tyre(s) are above or below 40 psi.


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1970 R60/5, OZ '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, OZ '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT & 2013 R1200RT-P  - Beemers owned still or sold.

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26Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:32 pm

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As long as we're talking tire balancing, let me add that I check my wheels before I install the tires.  Every one I check has the heavy spot somewhere other than the valve stem. 

I mark that spot and that's where I put the dot on the tire.  Sometimes it's as much as 90 degrees from the valve stem.  It has made my anal pursuit of balance perfection a lot easier.


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1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

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I usually go with the manufacturer's balance spot, of course meant to located near the valve stem. But recently I fit a set of Conti Road Attack 2 EVO GT - what a handle! - to my 13GT. They didn't have a balance spot at all, and neither did the set my mate fit to his '98 K1200RS, on my recommendation. Both of our sets used only two 7 gram (or 1/4 oz) weights to spin smoothly with nary a shudder or rumble of imbalance. I do also check my bare naked wheels for their own heavy spot. 

I've noted lately on the newer BMW front wheels with the sideways to the right facing valve stem, that this is the heaviest area of the rim. Additionally, I've removed the TPMS from the K13GT wheels because it took so much weight to get them smooth running that checking the pressure with a standard pencil gauge regularly is easy, fun to do, and potentially lifesaving anyway. I don't need no stinking warning light reminding me of maintenance I should be doing anyway.


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1970 R60/5, OZ '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, OZ '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT & 2013 R1200RT-P  - Beemers owned still or sold.

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28Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:39 pm

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The last two sets of Michelin Pilots were good from the start and gripped straight off not greasy. I just took it easy for around 100 Km's. The guys who fitted the rear tyre couldn't balance it as the BM wheel wouldn't fit their machine. He told me rears didn't need balancing anyway. I tried a few other places including a car tyre place and the only place I was told that could do them was southside Brisbane. I ended up making my own blade type balancer which although a bit finicky it proved accurate. I later modified it to the four bearing type.
Regards Martin.


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Set my Speed Demons at 38/42. Did not help. 6000 miles in year since installation .

    

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@DeanG wrote:Set my Speed Demons at 38/42. Did not help. 6000 miles in year since installation .
You said you have Dunlops in your original post. Pirelli make the Sport Demon which several here, including myself, have used.


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1970 R60/5, OZ '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, OZ '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT & 2013 R1200RT-P  - Beemers owned still or sold.

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@MartinW wrote:The last two sets of Michelin Pilots were good from the start and gripped straight off not greasy. I just took it easy for around 100 Km's. The guys who fitted the rear tyre couldn't balance it as the BM wheel wouldn't fit their machine. He told me rears didn't need balancing anyway. I tried a few other places including a car tyre place and the only place I was told that could do them was southside Brisbane. I ended up making my own blade type balancer which although a bit finicky it proved accurate. I later modified it to the four bearing type.
Regards Martin.
Martin, have you seen this BMW rear wheel balancer adapter?   I got mine used on eBay, I think Harbor Freight used to sell them.  Might be something your machinist guild might want to manufacture.Front end wobble Dscn3815
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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

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Very interesting Gryph it would be something the Guild could manufacture, however still closed at the moment. Before we closed we were trying to come up with something else we could manufacture. The chippie shop is flat out as is the casting foundry, there is however a bit of resistance in the machine shop, which Bernie and I are trying to overcome. The four other guys in there are only interested in doing there own thing. Which balancer does it work with Static or Dynamic. The one I ended up making and then adapting will work on brick front and rears plus heaps of other brand motorcycles. However there looks to be more involved in making my version.
Regards Martin.


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Point-Seven-five

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Martin, it is designed to work with a static balancer.  It essentially just provides a hole for the balancer's cone to be inserted into. 

The side with the threaded holes needn't be that complicated.  It really only needs the four holes to match the classic K bike hub.  The other holes are there to accommodate other bolt patterns.

If you like, I can provide you a sketch with dimensions.


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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

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Thanks Gryph it would be appreciated. How much were they when they were available? 
Regards Martin.


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Point-Seven-five

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Martin, I'll get something for you this weekend.  Might be something you guys can sell.  As far as cost, I think I paid $35 "used" for mine.  I have no idea of what they cost new, maybe around $30-40?


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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

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Thanks Gryph but no panic. I can't even use my own lathe at the moment as the Guild shutdown caught me in the middle of a lathe rebuild. 
Regards Martin.


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37Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Fri May 01, 2020 12:19 am

Point-Seven-five

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My apologies to the forum for this thread hijack.


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38Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Fri May 01, 2020 5:18 pm

Two Wheels Better

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@Point-Seven-five wrote:My apologies to the forum for this thread hijack.
I never met a hijack that didn't intrigue.

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I got mine from Harbour Freight some years ago and used them for several years before my machinist mate told me - when he'd borrowed them to make copies - that the centre was offset a tiny red pubic hair fraction of mm's. He remedied it for me and now I'm accurate. But I was ignorant of my lack of accuracy prior so it doesn't matter much.

These do not work on the newer bikes (R1200, K1600, K1300, etc.) with five spokes but fit Oilheads and all of the older K's.


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39Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Fri May 01, 2020 7:41 pm

Point-Seven-five

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Okay, now I have to go out in the garage and get the dial indicator out.


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1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

40Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty 45 mph wobble continues Sat May 02, 2020 2:20 am

DeanG

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Tire inflation ✓
Tire tread ✓
Wheel balance ✓
Steering head bearings ✓

Nevertheless a pronounced front end wobble occurs between 45 and 50 mph. My mechanic suggests the problem may be caused by worn suspension and is recommending new rear shock and springs up front. Any thoughts on this mystery? Any recommendations for product?

    

41Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 2:50 am

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42Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 3:42 am

tinyspuds

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In my slightly different world. 38, 44. Solo plus chair. Battlax 45.


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1986 K100RS in boxes. VIN 0141918.
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43Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 6:41 am

Dai

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If it really is the suspension, upgrades depend on your pocket. The cheapest upgrade is a Hagon rear shock coupled with Motorworks own progressive fork springs. Cost; somewhere in the region of £250. Midrange upgrade would be a RamShok rear and Hypro/Wurth progressives up front. Cost; somewhere in the region of £400. After that, take out another mortgage because you're into Ohlins territory.

What difference does it make? I did the midrange upgrade on Low Flying Brick about six years ago. I thought someone had stolen my bike and then given me a new one back but with all the old scratches and marks on it.


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44Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 6:53 am

tinyspuds

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My RamShock rear was also transformational. HD rears on the leading links, got for 40 quid the pair with delivery mileage only on them.
If I won the lottery I'd look at getting a pair of something specifically matched to the outfit.


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1985 BMW K100RT + Hedingham HUB and LL’s. VIN 0028106. (Not blind to the irony of an April 1 production date).
1986 K100RS in boxes. VIN 0141918.
1954 Royal Enfield 350 Bullet. Original.
    

45Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 12:31 pm

DeanG

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Advice on suspension work is optimistic. As I am not an experienced mechanic I suspect that I can probably swap out the rear shock but I am no so confident on working with front forks and springs. I shall probably proceed as I would want to even without the mid-range wobble just don't know if it will fix it.

    

46Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 12:50 pm

Point-Seven-five

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Some things I would do:

First, have you lowered the bike by sliding the forks up in the triple clamps?  Try raising the front if it's been lowered.

Second, Does either brake rotor drag against the caliper.  Get the front wheel off the ground and rotate it slowly to see if the rotors run true in the calipers.

Third, loosen every fastener that holds the forks in position including the mudguard bolts.  Bounce the bike several times on the front end, and then go through and snug everything up a little bit starting with the triple clamps followed by the axle clamps and axle nut. Then do the mudguard and fork brace.  When they are all snugged, go back and torque them.


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1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

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1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

47Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 1:57 pm

DeanG

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Point 75. That sounds like good advise. Yesterday I had the boffos at Cheshire Motors here in Portland double check steering head bearings, inspect and test drive. Wobble was still the same. I will discuss with them again next week. Thanks for all the ideas!

    

48Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Sat May 02, 2020 5:59 pm

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Agree with P75's suggestions :

1) Have the front forks been maintained ? New oil etc ? Fairly easy job to change it and can make a huge difference. The check valve will be sensitive to oil with the wrong viscosity and/or old oil losing its properties. Alternatively it could be a malfunctioning check valve in one of the forks.

2) What rear shock absorber do you have ? If you can adjust / preset the spring load to different settings, try doing that and do test drives. If it changes the wobble and/or the range when you experience the wobble, that would give you an idea if that is the root cause. If the behaviour doesn't change with different load settings, then the rear shock is likely not the cause.

3) The brake discs yes ! If one of them are slightly bent or deformed (front of rear) that could be a source of wobble.

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49Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Mon May 04, 2020 4:49 pm

DeanG

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Surprise! Last week I installed a Laminar Lip.windscreen extension. I tried adjusting the little BMW lip to allow more air to flow under the Lip. Guess what? The wobble seems to have disappeared! Still seems too sensitive if this minor adjustment makes a difference. My intention is to move ahead with rebuilding front forks and replacing rear shock.

    

50Back to top Go down   Front end wobble Empty Re: Front end wobble Mon May 04, 2020 5:33 pm

volador

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@DeanG wrote:Surprise! Last week I installed a Laminar Lip.windscreen extension. I tried adjusting the little BMW lip to allow more air to flow under the Lip. Guess what? The wobble seems to have disappeared! Still seems too sensitive if this minor adjustment makes a difference. My intention is to move ahead with rebuilding front forks and replacing rear shock.

When you thought you read every thing a Laminar Lip wobble, bloody brilliant

Progressive springs and Ohlins rear damper to match your moto color nicely. ride on


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