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Wobble from front tire

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My front stock Dunlops wobbles if I take my hands off the handlebars even if for a couple of seconds. Any guesses as to why this is? Bike's only done about 2,000 kms.

I'm running (cold) tire pressure of 31 front and 35 rear, just 1 psi less than recommended.
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Front tire is probably deformed if properly seated.
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Never run on low pressure.

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Front tire is probably deformed if properly seated.
Get the front wheel off the ground and spin it, with one finger against the rim/ tire interface. IF it's not seated properly you WILL feel it. If that's OK, spin it while watching the outer part of the tire against a reference point. IF it 'bobs' then that's your problem, so go back for warranty....

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Hi guys,
My front stock Dunlops wobbles if I take my hands off the handlebars even if for a couple of seconds. Any guesses as to why this is? Bike's only done about 2,000 kms.

I'm running (cold) tire pressure of 31 front and 35 rear, just 1 psi less than recommended.
Did this wobble recently start?

Did you have the wobble from day one?

Has the tire been removed or repaired? Has the tire been balanced correctly.

What speed does the wobble begin to occur?

Have you hit any large pot holes or traveled on any rough terrain for extended periods?

Possible bad bearings or bent rim.
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Low air pressure in the rear tire can cause a wobble in the front as well.

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Did this wobble recently start?

Did you have the wobble from day one?

Has the tire been removed or repaired? Has the tire been balanced correctly.

What speed does the wobble begin to occur?

Have you hit any large pot holes or traveled on any rough terrain for extended periods?


This is the information needed for an informed response.

Of course we are also happy to make uninformed wild-assed useless guesses all day long for free. It's what internet forums were invented for.

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You forgot about the highly opinioned, biased and off topic answers seeking to move the thread into special interest topics that serve only the person answering the question to express their political or social opinions.

Are you sure you did not run over a pink chihuahua before the wobble starts?

Because dying a chihuahua pink is an inhumane act ...
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YY, try up the tire pressures to 33/37.

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Thanks all for the responses. I will up the pressure first, take it out for a test spin and do the further tests and checks as suggested above.
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You forgot about the highly opinioned, biased and off topic answers seeking to move the thread into special interest topics that serve only the person answering the question to express their political or social opinions.

Are you sure you did not run over a pink chihuahua before the wobble starts?

Because dying a chihuahua pink is an inhumane act ...
Running over a pink chihuahua would benefit the WHOLE world....


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I started this thread such a long time ago that I forgot whether I actually managed to resolve the problem

I did change out my stock Dunlops to Pirelli Angels at 6,000 km, got the tyres balanced and the wobble's gone. So I'm tempted to believe that the wobble was caused by imperfect balancing of the stock tyres (in fact, I don't think that they were balanced at all - Thailand's not exactly up there with the best when it comes to such details).

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