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post #11 of 18 Old 08-12-2017, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Flat spot on tires; don't use stands? Bike sits long days. Next, some wind direction can cause a slight smoothness glitch. If you ride tiny short trips you don't ride long enough to forget about the temporary problem. Next if the rear tire is past the wear bars then it will run harder and you feel stuff easier.

I use stands if it's going to be sitting for any more than a few days at a time. The feeling hasn't been a one time thing. I was hoping it was something like that but it's been that way for a little bit, it's just been getting significantly worse. The bike is mainly ridden to and from work, as with work, school, and kids free time isn't available often. The commute is 50 miles one way. I was toying with the idea it was the road surfaces, etc., but it happens everywhere at every speed.
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Perhaps in need of an oil/filter change? If it is only felt when the clutch is engaged maybe maybe you could be feeling dirty oil moving about.

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I use stands if it's going to be sitting for any more than a few days at a time. The feeling hasn't been a one time thing. I was hoping it was something like that but it's been that way for a little bit, it's just been getting significantly worse. The bike is mainly ridden to and from work, as with work, school, and kids free time isn't available often. The commute is 50 miles one way. I was toying with the idea it was the road surfaces, etc., but it happens everywhere at every speed.
OK, you ride about every day. Next question: is the bike flashed; did you use fuel additives; what mods; are you the original owner as in did you put on the total miles. Was any work done of the bike prior to this problem. Looking for history as in looking for total data.
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If your chain has tight spots that's more than likely the issue. Once that's changed out, see if it goes away. If not, then continue trouble shooting, but until then, I'd say that's the likely culprit. I've had chains get tight spots (and I'm religious about cleaning and lubing stuff) and experienced mostly what you described, always worse when the engine is engaged.

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OK, you ride about every day. Next question: is the bike flashed; did you use fuel additives; what mods; are you the original owner as in did you put on the total miles. Was any work done of the bike prior to this problem. Looking for history as in looking for total data.

The bike was purchased new, it is flashed and has a custom tune. I run seafoam through every few tanks or so, nothing religious. There are quite a few mods, but nothing has been done in the last 6 months.
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Perhaps in need of an oil/filter change? If it is only felt when the clutch is engaged maybe maybe you could be feeling dirty oil moving about.

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If your chain has tight spots that's more than likely the issue. Once that's changed out, see if it goes away. If not, then continue trouble shooting, but until then, I'd say that's the likely culprit. I've had chains get tight spots (and I'm religious about cleaning and lubing stuff) and experienced mostly what you described, always worse when the engine is engaged.

The chain and sprockets are on order. I figured I'd do an oil change while I was working on it since it's coming up on needing a change anyway. I'm hoping after that it's back to running smooth again.
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Finally got around to getting the new chain and sprockets installed, oil changed, and brake pads. Took it out for a spin and it definitely felt better. I didn't notice any jerking or anything. It was a quick ride, so I'll get a better feel tomorrow on my way to work.
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If you think it is the clutch go 30mph in 6th and roll on it hard... If the clutch plates are bad it will instantly rev up but you will not accelerate.

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