I have searched this is bit before posting, but most issues seem to be pertinent to higher speeds. My bike is a 2014 Cross Roads 8-Ball, bought new from a dealer August '15. It now has about 2,000 miles on it.
A few weeks ago, I began noticing an intermittent wobble or sensation of the rear end feeling loose when going around a corner. It feels like as if the rear tire was super deflated or flat, but it's not. I don't notice it all the time, but this past Sunday it began to feel more regular, almost with every turn, particularly left-hand turns. I was on a large charity ride, cruising about 40 mph on a section highway. At first I thought it was those tar-filled cracks/seals on the road that were influencing the tires. When we turned left off an exit onto a local road, I felt like it had a pronounced slide, wobble, or looseness in the rear end.
That was enough to make me pull the safety card and pullover out of the pack. A buddy stopped with me and we proceeded to pull the hard bags and visually inspect everything we could. The rear tire pressure was fine at 40 psi (front was fine too). The rear shock (which I hadn't adjusted since I bought it) seemed to barely register on the tire pressure gauge, if at all. We hand checked the tightness on bolts surrounding the axle, swing arm, pulley, etc. Basically anything surrounding the drive train, we tried to check on the spot. We didn't find anything with our bare hands. My Harley riding buddy stated he felt like the belt was really tight. I honestly couldn't give a good opinion on the matter, but it seemed pretty tight to me too. The alignment marks for the axle bolt are in the same position on both sides.
More on the shock pressure. We decided to put some air into the shock. Once we found a gas station whose air filler would fit on the valve, we put enough air into the shock to bring it to 25-30 psi. I'd say there was 0-5 psi previously. This did cause a noticeable lift in the bike. We kind of laughed at how pronounced it was. Now, I weigh about 185-190 lbs. Probably 195ish with all my gear on. I did have a little bit of cargo in the saddle bags, largely rain gear in one side and a couple 16 oz bottles of water in the other. I did not have a back rest, trunk or passenger on the bike, so I had never added air to the shock.
I am supposed to be going on a trip next Thursday (6/23) over 4 days with the bike. Of course, I am being very cautious and want to be sure the bike is safe for such a long trip. The local dealers are busy as expected, so they can't get a proper service appointment set for a couple weeks out. One dealer (thank you Falcone Powersports!) did offer to give the bike a once-over squeezed in next Wednesday to check the belt, test ride, and give as much quick glance to it as they can before my trip.
Any other suggestions? I'm kind of in panic mode on trying to sort this out before my trip next week.