Originally Posted by AdventurePipe
Hi Woody, I've been meaning to call you and ask you something. I have 25,000 mile on my F650GS, good amount of dirt and dirt road riding, and the wheels seem to be not as crisp. Especially the rear wheel. The spokes seem to be ok, none loose, but there is a looseness/sloppiness feel to the bike now and I'm wondering if the the spokes need to be tightened up? I realize there could be something else wearing out (swing arm bushing maybe), I know my steering head bearings are fine. Do spokes/wheels need to be tightened up periodically?
they definitely need to be checked periodically!!!
BTW,,,''PERIODICALLY'' ,,,can mean everyday,,,or every six months,,,,it ALL DEPENDS on how hard and over what kind of terrain and conditions ya ride
How often they need to be tightened and trued also depends on what happened since the last check-up,,,the quality of the previous tuning/true job,,,and even the quality /composition of the materials used for spokes/rims/nipples.