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Old 07-12-2012, 09:25 PM   #16
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When you said you checked the head bearings and found no play, did you find any notchiness. i.e. with front wheel off the ground, turn the handlebars very lightly from side to side. They should move very smoothly and not seem to catch or want to stop, until they get to the end of travel in either direction. Quite often you will find a bit of notchiness with the bars pointing straight ahead. If you even have a little there, it is time to pull the bearings and clean them and re-grease. Then setup the bearing preload correctly. If there is old grease in there that is starting to harden up, you have to get rid of it.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:58 AM   #17
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I wouldn't expect the bags to make any difference at low speeds, say up to 40 mph.
A new tyre on the back often cures a twitchy front at higher speeds so the back tyre wasn't the problem...

How true is the front wheel? A bent wheel could cause problems too.
And then of course there is the 'ol fork alignment to consider.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:48 AM   #18
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My experience with this is the worn front tire may be the main culprit. A slightly too loose steering head bearing along with a worn front tire will be even worse. When I installed new tires it mostly went away but I could still feel a bit of something. The steering bearing had no noticeable play or movement but I snugged it up just slightly. This time it tracked like it was on rails around that down hill sweeper at 75 mph.
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