There's almost nothing worse than getting into a tankslapper situation.
One would think the average male could muscle the bike to stop the bars from going side to side but no one is strong enough once it gets going.
I dunno about that. I was running up to triple digits that is fine zero issues after noticing this weird slow speed thing. My problem is low speed I don't know what is going on. At time I first noticed this I had bike loaded up with all my crap for camping thought okay maybe just top heavy. I was commuting to work all week zero issues before noticing my low speed wobbly situation.
I did have a thought that maybe I messed something up on a pothole along my trip?
It could be the rider too but as I said I've been commuting and not feeling anything unusual prior to my lengthy trip.
Only thing I did different before the trip is I changed the oil in the bike. Set it to proper level and away I went.
This isn't a tank slapper feels solid as can be with speed but something is screwed up at low speed. When I'm rolling I have dynamic balancers front and rear that eliminate any issues.
Never touched front of this bike but I did change the rear tire so I'll check if anything loosened on the rear and go over the front. I read on forum there are detail troubleshooting steps in the service manual so I'll look into that too.
I'll even check the oil again since that is literally the last work done.
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Oh I know. I love the bike and I'm hoping it is something stupid simple to fix! Makes no sense to me how bike goes from great smooth low speed to shaky handlebars in a day. Yet I can run 90 without any sign of trouble. I'll post about it when I get it figured out.
Not added shock air but I have thought of that. Drop in outside air temperature would that have effect on shock pressure? I had that thought but haven't checked yet.
Bike feels great up to speed with zero sign of trouble when my dynamic balancing is doing the job. This is a low speed like parking lot issue and it's frustrating. Not had time to look into it yet been insane wind today cold and power out at home.
Decided I'll check the rear end first since that was last major work before oil. I've done nothing to front on this bike.
I'm also going to go for a ride and try to see if it goes away with clutch in. Hard to get rolling slow without engine but I'll try.
Last edited by IndyVictory; 10-20-2018 at 06:41 PM.
On my 2012 CCT every once in a very long time at low parking lot speeds my handlebars would momentarily feel like they're spaghetti instead of stainless steel. I mean this has only happened like 3 or 4 times in over 62K miles. I 'think' what may contribute to that feeling is the application of the brakes and/or the strength of the grip on the hand grips. I typically have a soft grasp on the hand grips and in a parking lot I typically only use the rear break.
If you're going out to a parking lot to try a few things, try having a firm grip on the hand grips vs a soft grasp. Also try front only vs rear only vs front and rear braking to see if those are contributing factors. I honestly do not think you have a bearing issue anywhere of any kind unless you get the spaghetti bars on a regular basis regardless of your grasp on the grips and your braking technique. Even then I'd suggest downshifting one or two gears in the parking lot first to see if that changes anything before I'd chase a bearing. Engine breaking is your friend on the Victory. But once you're under 15 mph or so and coming to a stop, pull in the clutch and use the brakes. Brake pads are less expensive to replace than clutch parts.
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