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View Poll Results: Have you had headshake issues with your fjr ? And did you replace the bearings ?
Yes 16 48.48%
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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 10:29 AM
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The only non-OEM tire he has used is the PR4GT.

Bridgestone is FJR OEM. T30 is OEM but not OE.

BT023 is FJR OE.
I can't claim to have looked at every FJR that's ever existed, but I've never seen a BT023, a BT023GT, a T30, a T30GT, or a T30 EVO on a new one. Everyone I've checked has been a BT023F F on front and a BT023F R on the rear.

A friend recently bought a 2016, and it had the BT023Fs on it. Maybe they bought a boatload of them and are trying to use them up.
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Interesting note from old guy.

In the 1960's Bridgestone decided to try their hand at making motorcycles and they were ahead of their time, their dirt bikes had dual sprocket rear wheels, and their street bikes had rotary valves and chrome bores and were some of the best crafted bikes of their time. {I thought so anyway}

They didn't have a good dealer network and in the end sold them through Sears and Roebuck, and that may have been their downfall.

Rumor had it, and I don't know if it was true, that the big three got together and told them, "if you don't quit making motorcycles, we're going to quit buying your tires". LOL

I don't know if it's true but it makes a good story, and here we are 50 years later and they are still putting Bridgestones on their new bikes.

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My'14 increasingly had a head shake as I slowed down. It was just barely noticeable as I slowed down through the 40 mph and lower speeds. If I had a light grip on the bars it would really intensify. Increasing the grip made it decrease.

I just installed a new front tire...BT-023 FJR spec. Bingo no head shake at this time. I'm guessing the wear pattern on the old tire set up a resonance at the 40 mph range.

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Mine was on decel too. Since it appeared at a tire change, I thought it was the tire. Was a simpler fix that involved replacing nothing. 2 minutes, zero cost. **** Bernie- that's a heck of a video. The bike did a complete 360 before it went down.

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Mine was a bit different than most because it just happened, boom, headshake, like throwing a switch, accel or decel, 35 to 45mph, newer Shinko 009's with about 1000mi on them. Anything less than both hands on the bars produced a near tank slapper. New Michelin pr4 and retorqe'd the oe bearing, loosened and retorqe'd everything in the front, forks, triple tree's, axle pinch bolts, nothing completely fixed it. Retorquing the head bearings reduced it but didn't fix it, the only thing that fixed it was a new set of Alls Balls tapered steering head bearings which really made my bike much more stabile. By the way, my dealer did all the work on this.

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My'14 increasingly had a head shake as I slowed down. It was just barely noticeable as I slowed down through the 40 mph and lower speeds. If I had a light grip on the bars it would really intensify. Increasing the grip made it decrease.

I just installed a new front tire...BT-023 FJR spec. Bingo no head shake at this time. I'm guessing the wear pattern on the old tire set up a resonance at the 40 mph range.
Other than the tire brand, this is exactly what mine did for yrs. And on my bike it never made any difference what brand of tire was used, there was always some decel shimmy in the front. A new tire made it go away and as the front tire wore, the shake would first come back then get progressively worse. The only thing that made it go away and stay gone was replacing the steering bearings with All Balls Tapered.
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On a different train but ever think of this:

- the front tire trying to wobble back and forth at the bottom of the forks,
- plus rider trying to hold it steady at the top of the forks equates to
-> leaking forks at the least and prematurely worn out fork bushings at the worst.

Whether it's actually true or not I have no idea but I've always thought the timing between my leaking forks and the severity of the head shake was no coincidence. Also sort of explains why some folks' forks need rebuilding while others' seem to go and go.
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Interesting note from old guy.

In the 1960's Bridgestone decided to try their hand at making motorcycles and they were ahead of their time, their dirt bikes had dual sprocket rear wheels, and their street bikes had rotary valves and chrome bores and were some of the best crafted bikes of their time. {I thought so anyway}

They didn't have a good dealer network and in the end sold them through Sears and Roebuck, and that may have been their downfall.

Rumor had it, and I don't know if it was true, that the big three got together and told them, "if you don't quit making motorcycles, we're going to quit buying your tires". LOL

I don't know if it's true but it makes a good story, and here we are 50 years later and they are still putting Bridgestones on their new bikes.

And what's even funnier about that is that, while I'm restoring my 1970 Bridgestone 100 TMX motorcycle, Bridgestone doesn't appear to make the tire sizes that fit it!


So as not to completely hijack this thread, I did have some noticeable shake on my 2011 FJR, but it turned out to be tires. I haven't noticed any issues with shake since replacing them.
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Well - I have the headshake BUT I didn't replace the bearing's YET. Should I still vote? (Or maybe add another option....?)
Following back up on this...I replaced the OEM with tapered and the shake is gone. Steering feels a bit lighter and more stable to boot.
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