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Old 10-29-2005, 07:42 AM   #16
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head shake

My 950 has had slight head shake since new if you turn loose the bars it shakes but when holding on I dont feel it so I dont turn loose . A few weeks back I was running about 60 on a very cobby paved road while adjusting my face shield I hit a hole in the road and a severe head shake developed , it stopped as soon as I got both hands on the bars. Front tire was worn out at that time. I replaced the tire last week , Tightined and trued the wheel with the tire off, mounted and balenced the tire . Everything was fine when remounted , I could turn loose of the bars on the highway and no shake . The new pirelli I mounted is out of round side to side , its is noticeable when on the pegs and watching the tire but doesent seem to affect the handeling . Coming back from Arkansas monday I felt a little shake when turning loose of the bars . I noticed I was missing a wheel wieght when I got home , I would say balance is critical. The gold wing and valkryie some times have a shake problume , the cure for them is to tighten steering bearings to a little tighter preload then factory spec. SEYA
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:20 AM   #17
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The steering head on my brothers new 950 was loose. He only has a couple of hundred miles on the bike. When I rode it on the road, the bike felt planted. Very stable. He was on some dirt roads and he said it was banging.
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Old 10-29-2005, 09:02 PM   #18
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someone told me that KTMs come in the crate without the headset bearings torqued. This would explain a wide variation.

of course one of these wouldn't hurt:

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Old 10-31-2005, 11:51 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by sashapave
Oh great... thanks for that.

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Old 04-23-2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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Hi, I bring a video from slavens racing that may be the solution for many of these cases.
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