Trainee Sport Tourer
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Portland, OR USA
Thanks for all the replies!
Mikester: there definitely isn't any symptoms of steering head bearing issues, no detent or play. But I am going to get in there and check/lube them up close.
Bill: Well it does feel exactly like a wheel out of balance. I feel it in the handle bars and not anywhere else. I can't completely discount engine vibration but it doesn't feel like that, lower frequency than the engine vibration at 4k, and when it starts is about 5k.
Passx: I don't know how many miles, they were on the bike when I bought it. They are in good condition still after 3k miles. I did look for obvious signs like bead seated or out of round tire. The date codes show 2016. There are no low speed issues or wobble, it's super steady.
Skippy: Not really a new symptom that I know of, I think it did it on my first dive home but figured that's the way it is, but during this long trip I def feel it couldn't be normal, when my old Bandit is smoother I know it's not normal! The brakes is a possibility, but doesn't feel like it and they performed flawlessly except a vibration when I'm heavy on them. It did get better after I scuffed and cleaned the rotors, and it didn't get any worse on my trip and they were used heavily. I did flush the fluid right away, (but it didn't look bad) and the pads are in great condition (EBC HH orange, my favs).
N4HHE: 43k miles. Fork service unknown. I did get a little fluid leak on one side when we got back, and I just cleaned it out for now, but I'll change the fluid soonish when I service the steering head bearings. So I'm understanding that this does not come with tapered bearings so I'll plan on updating those while I'm in there if it hasn't been done. I've had the wheel off twice so far, not positive how to avoid binding, but it feels fine and the right side of the axle is .4mm inside of flush.
Red: That's not a bad idea, I live in Portland, I search around for one. The shops I've used in the past don't but maybe a bigger dealership? I've put 75k miles on my Bandit so lots of tires mounted and balanced by me and others and never this issue. I did a simple version of checking run out but I'll get more technical to be sure my rotors are true. They might be replaced anyway since I have a vibration under heavy braking but I'll probably take another shot at scuffing and cleaning if they are true. I did check the wheel bearings when I first got it and more closely when I got back from my trip, I can't find any play or roughness, and I checked all that on the rear... the rear brake works great when I used it...
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