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I've been feeling like my bike steering has been a little wierd, so just as an experiment when I was going about 12mph on a straightaway, I let the handlebars go to see what the bike would do. Instead of going straight, the bike (on its own) turned right, then once it moved right a bit, it turned back left, then back right... almost like a really slow tankslapper. The handlebars didn't go all the way left or right, but it was a wierd sensation as I naturally expected the bike to go dead straight when I let go of the bars. Should this happen? Or do I need to get a professional alignment done.
 

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well, but my zx6r would go straight under the same conditions. are you guys saying the same thing happens with your bikes too?

i guess my question is whether this is an expected behavior for a bike to zig zag, and that a steering damper solves it, OR it might be something else like an alignment issue?
 

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I'm having almost the same problem with my blue 04. It has a damper....when I'm on the highway about 70ish, I can feel the handle bars wobble, and I went and tested it and let go and it sure nuff wobbles, doesn't happen with my black 04 or my 05. SMH
 

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ninjer, that's really off if that happens with a damper. maybe i should just get the alignment checked?
 

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yeahr, somethings not right with my blue one. my rim is true, perhaps my wheels are off balanced or steering stem bearing or.......my bike just has arthritis and shakes a lot!
 

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Check the head bearings. Also loosen the pinch bolts and axle bolt. Tighten the right side only (pinch bolts). Load and unload your forks a few times then tighten the left. After that, re-tighten your axle. Check your suspension settings to make sure they are indentical (right and left fork). Buy a damper. Thats a HUGE suggestion for any 1st gen owner. Good luck.
 

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check the head bearings. Also loosen the pinch bolts and axle bolt. Tighten the right side only (pinch bolts). Load and unload your forks a few times then tighten the left. After that, re-tighten your axle. Check your suspension settings to make sure they are indentical (right and left fork). Buy a damper. Thats a huge suggestion for any 1st gen owner. Good luck.
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Check the head bearings. Also loosen the pinch bolts and axle bolt. Tighten the right side only (pinch bolts). Load and unload your forks a few times then tighten the left. After that, re-tighten your axle. Check your suspension settings to make sure they are indentical (right and left fork). Buy a damper. Thats a HUGE suggestion for any 1st gen owner. Good luck.
:+2:This is a known problem on the 1st gen,,,,,,i shoulda thought of that!!:eek:ccasion1
 
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