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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-04-2014, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Default Wheel wobble at 110mph

Two weeks ago with about 1000miles on the bike I wanted to see what the bike could do! When my speedo hit around 109 and above she starts to wobble our shimming really bad, I backed off and tried it again and she did the samething. I took her to the dealer and was shocked that there was nothing they do because the don't have the equipment plus they can't try and duplicate the situation for insurance reason, I totally understand. I was told they will contact Polaris about this situation. In the mean time I may end up taking it to another bike shop to check wheels for balance.

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Hmmm, you don't really NEED to go that fast, do you? I've had mine for 3.5 years and never been over 85 (maybe 90) & even that was only when passing so could not tell ya how it would perform @ 110MPH nor would I ever want to find out. I also think that these bikes may top out close to that figure unless you've added the CAMs and such. I do know that the HotVic folks built a "monster" Hammer Vic that got to some insane speed (180MPH or maybe even 200MPH) on a closed airport's runway. Good luck getting an answer though

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It gets windy above 90 anyway....

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My vegas has a wobble around that speed too. Not sure if it's the windshield or tires it goes away after I get it up close to the cutoff tho. I have to laugh tho, you really think the dealer would take a bike over 110 to find a wobble? I wouldn't expect a good answwr from ma vic either. Probably something along the lines of the bike is designed to ride at a safe legal speed blah blah blah we don't recommend you going over posted speed limits.

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Only a 1000 mi on my XC and haven't been over 90ish. Wobble can be caused by many different variables. Being your Vic is new I doubt its tire wear but do check the psi. One would thing the fork oil is okay. Run a string line to check rear tire alignment. Make sure head bolts are not loose. The issue could be as simple as buffeting up under the wing.
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My 2010 cross roads with 7000 miles on it is rock solid at 115. That's with the medium vic windshield. Don't know if it matters but it has dyna beads in the tires.

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I have not had a high speed shimmy on this bike and it's spent a considerable amount of time in the general area you are having yours. Mine has the Tour package and has been run in the trips with trunk on/ trunk off and the "air management" gear in whatever state the weather calls for. I am a big boy so that may settle the bike somewhat but at speed I don't think it's a defining factor. These aluminum bikes are pretty stable. All I'm saying is it's not an expected condition.

Since your bike has just turned 1k, and assuming that the dealer didn't go mucking about too much at the 500 mile service, the hardware should be factory true and brandy new. I would look at tire wear in, air pressure and, at three digit speeds tire balance or lack thereof, both tires of course. There's a bunch of possible suspects but I would start with the rubber. Easy to diagnose and easy to remedy although not always the cheapest. While you have a pressure gauge in hand a review of the shock loading can't hurt either. These are simple bits but they can make a machine squirrely.

I don't see much dif in 85 or a buckten. Bugs and Peterbilts do just about the same damage either way. Then again I tend to ride in the big empty and my speed is strictly proportional to the distance between Cum and Go's. 100+ out in the willywags just gets you to no fuel and no good options that much quicker but if I know there's another gas pump within 100 miles of the one I just left then 110 mph is a comfortable straight line speed. I doubt though that I would report the circumstances to the dealer so freely while your bike is still under warranty. Sometimes selective honesty is the best policy.

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Originally Posted by Pop View Post
These aluminum bikes are pretty stable. All I'm saying is it's not an expected condition.
I did get mine to get a little unstable the other day. I wasn't doing anywhere near 100, but I was banked hard over in a corner and hit a good sized rock with the front tire that put the bars into a good wag. I stayed on the throttle and it came out of it, but it was my first experience of the bike feeling anything but rock solid.

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check air in tires using a good gauge. Vic's gauge is junk.
If you want longer life out of tire by a gauge not one of those pencil ones.
Check air in shock. Do Not use air compressor to add air you'll blow it up.
Wobble could be a bad tire maybe not on the out side but on the inside could have a bad cord. They should check the balance of tire. If you can push for new tires long as your bike is new.
Wobbles come from the back end.

A guy here bought a CC and had same problem dealer said thats the way they are. He crash 3 months later and now is suing the service manger the sales men and the dealer. Rummer is 50 million

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Originally Posted by visionjohnny View Post
check air in tires
Check air in shock.
These things are good advice....

Our of balance wheels create vibration, not wobble.

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