The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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Hi Guys, after some advice on a problem that has me a bit stumped, Kawa GPZ 500 front end wobbles e.g. bars start to flap from side to side, only happens at slower speeds (under 4 thou RPM in top), Checked wheel alignment, tyre pressures, front disk not warped, tyres are worn, head bearing checked by centre stand method, not snagging or falling to one side. If it was a wheel bearing would it happen at all speeds, sometime get a judder while braking with front stopper, any other suggestions. Cheers - Greg
When does it wobble? If it wobbles most under deceleration or when you let go of the bars your steering head bearings are too loose. Most road bikes are prone to this after they have a few miles on them (maybe a few hard landings after those wheelies?). If you want to check the bearing tightness snug them down till you get some resistance to the bars turning with the front wheel in the air. If you get them too tight the bike will weave at slow speeds. Try it and see. Some people will say you have to use special tools and neutron ounce meter torque wrenches but just proceed with caution and see if the wobble gets better or worse with your changes.
As I understand you get a resonance in the steering (around steering axis) with a frequency of a few wobbles per second. It is usually only a mild wobble but gets worse under braking and the wobble goes almost end to end if you let go hte bars. This can be caused by a worn front tire and the specific thread pattern alone (means it does not occur with every tire). Some bikes (sports with small wide front tires are specifically prone) develop it even with new tires and all patterns. As far as I remember it is referred to in English as shimmy effect and closely related to kickback when riding over a hard, short bump while cornering.
First thing to do is to replace the worn front tire. This will most probably sort the problem.
If you check your steering head bearing the center stad method only reveals a bearing that is too lose or extremely worn / rusted. If the lower bearing is only slightly worn (enough to give trouble) you will have to try and feel the bearing while under load. This is done either with a rotating support pan as used for wheel alignment in cars under the front wheels or a similar device specially made for bikes.
Alternatively you can ride the bike very slowly in first and you will feel the steering "locking" in the center and the line being somewhat difficult to keep.
Do not fiddle with the steering head bearing unless you know what you are doing. The chances that you bugger the bearing are good compared to getting it right.
Checking the wheel bearings is very easy. Ask someone to show you or check in a standard or type specific motorcycle mechanics manual.
The judder under hard braking is a resonance of the front fork. Pretty normal. Frequently seen in heavy bikes with long front suspension travel (like older Transalps and A.Twins)
Hi guys thanks for the advice, however my woes continue as 4 weeks before I am due to do a six month bike trip some silly old sod reversed his car into the bike last week and knocked it off the side stand!
Broken fairing & bent exhaust!. Now I have the joy of arguing with insurance companies.
My vote is also for worn front tyre , to test whack 5-7 lbs extra pressure in it and see if it improves.. usually the extra pressure will cause you to run in a different part of the tread. Is a cheap quick thing to do.
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