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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't call it wobble, but.... Would like some inputs

Hey guys,

SO, I traded my FatboyLo for a RG last week.

Twice now on the freeway, and only at higher speeds the bike seems to "shimmy". I have felt/seen what I would call "death wobble" and this isn't it... It feels more like the bike is wiggling through turbulence.

Is this the normal feel for a RG at speed? (75-90 with headwind) Or should I be adjusting/checking something?

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I only notice it when coming up on large vehicles at freeway speed. Doesn't bother me any more. I came from a Heritage....and never really noticed this on that bike. Of course with a different bike you notice every little thing.


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Jim,

Yeah, same here... I would get a little turbulence if I was right behind a semi on the Fatboy, but this was a bit more pronounced I am assuming due to the fairing being frame-mounted.

I am curious as I don't want to ignore a real issue, and have it turn into a tank-slapper type event.

Again, I was doing 75-90 and there was about a 30MPH wind in my face... coming home was butter.
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I started a thread on this a couple months ago, click here

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I started a thread on this a couple months ago, click here

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Thanks! That is exactly what I am feeling.
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Same thing here. Mine started at about 60 - 65 mph. Had the steering head bearings check, (fall away test) the dealer adjusted but I don't know to what. Thing are better but not great. Still have the feeling of riding on metal bridge decking or riding on grooved pavement at 70+ mph. Planning on taking it back in to the dealer shortly and have them take a second look.
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I got the same thing on my RG ultra. When I first got it I thought the thing was going to kill me. I came off of a softail standard with a 200 rear tire. that thing was solid in any weather or conditions. Here is what I have learned in the last 6 months... 1 -It is part of the bike. 2 - when I have a passenger it doesnt happen much. 3 - if I add weight to the back without a passenger it does happen. My conclusion is this - It is a combo of the fairing catching air, wiggling the front which will give a feeling in the rear. along with the passenger back rest catch a ton of air in the half round parachute back there wiggling the rear end. How do I fix it you ask???? Hit the throttle baby!!!!

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I posted in the above linked thread. I found mine to be more of a road surface/ condition problem than anything else. The only time I have ever felt the above described issue was on a specific stretch of interstate here locally. I haven't felt it on any other road doing the same speed.

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well, I am far from a conclusion, but I appreciate the fact that I am not alone.

I will check the swingarm bolts this afternoon (start simple).

This was my first time to feel it, and the highway was very crowded. I was 2-up (taking my daughter to volleyball practice). I didn't feel it was life-threatening, but I also wasn't sure which way to go throttle-wise (gun it or back off, or hold steady) and I bluntly wasn't going to find out with my baby-girl on board. I will go beat it up this week solo and see what else I can figure out.

I am fairly sure it wasn't surface-related, as it seemed to be directly linked to semis and cars in front/around me. I struggle with believing this is a standard feeling, as everyone here swears "nothing rides like a glide" etc... and this is why I bought the darn thing!
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IT AIN'T the BIKE it's the tires. (at least on the 09 CVO)

I know we have all beat this subject to death but............ I never had the "wobble" on my bike on the first set of tires, I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT for reasons I will not waste your time on here that in early 2009 (I took delivery in Sept 08) Dunlop at the motor company's insistance reversed the tread pattern on the front tire, I believe as the front tire wears it cups and as a result comes the "wobble", I NEVER HAD ANY ISSUES ON THE FIRST SET OF TIRES. I have looked and no one that I can find makes a tire to fit the 09 CVO, if there was I would DUMP the Dunlops in a heart beat. If you don't believe me, if you go to Sturgis just visit Dunlop booth and bring up this subject, trust me, you will be able to hear a pin drop,

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