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    My mate is having trouble with the handling of his TLR. I took it for a spin today and found the front end was shocking!
    Everytime I came into a corner I had to hang on as it wanted to understeer abnormaly. When going slowly round a corner, say at an intersection it just wanted to pull out wide and if you tried to turn her in more, she would suddenly turn in quickly almost like she wanted to slip out from under me. I have check all the suspension settings and they all look stock (no Jamie mod's). I've never had that sort of trouble with my stock bike. The only thing I could think of is maybe it's the brand of tyre. Battleaxe on the front and Pirelli Super Corsers on the rear, but I wouldn't have thought tyres would make it handle so badly. Tyre pressure is spot on! My freind says the previous owner dropped it on its side, but didn't damage the forks. The forks look straight to me so I'm puzzled.
    Does anyone have a similar problem and/or can come up with an explanation for this?
    Failing all, he'll just have to take it into a suspension specialist to sort it out.
    Last edited by waspo; 08-03-2003, 07:07 AM.

  • #2
    Tyre pressure? Maybe you got a slow puncture...
    The Weaver bird has little brain, it weaves about from lane to lane... that'd be me then...

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    • #3
      Double check the fork height in the top triple clamp, also headstem bearings, make sure the bars move lock to lock smoothly and there is no play in them (bearings).

      I've never experienced it on a road bike, but I had a dirt bike that the headstem bearings were knackered because of too many hard landings from wheelies / jumps etc. The bars would effectively lock in the straight ahead position and it would take a bit of effort to get it to turn, and when you did, it turned quick, from the excessive force.
      "I spent most of my money on Scotch, women and cigarettes. The rest I just wasted"

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      • #4
        Hey, thanks Steve. Sounds similar to what is happening. The forks appear to be even and at the correct level but when sitting on the bike stationary, it's quite an effort to turn the bars left and right compared to the ease on my own bike. Maybe it's the bearings. I'll certainly get my freind to look into it.
        Cheers.

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        • #5
          Check / remove his damper too, maybe bent or something.
          "I spent most of my money on Scotch, women and cigarettes. The rest I just wasted"

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          • #6
            Thanks Steve, never thought of that. I'll sms him tonight.
            Cheers.

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            • #7
              My TLR was having a hard time steering. I checked the tire pressure and sure enough, it was 20psi. Sometimes, the simplest things can make it feel like you gotta replace the whole suspension.
              Custom Black with Multi-Color Metalflake 2000 TLR with Bitubo Rear Shock, Attack Rear Sets, Galfer Steel Braided Brake and Clutch Lines, BT-014 180 Rear Tire, TRE, PCII, BMC Air Filter, Yosh Stainless Full System, Joe V's Air Box Modification, Fan Switch Modification, Galfer Rear Wave Rotor, Hayabusa Gold Brake Calipers-Front and Rear, GSXR1000 Gauge, Daytona Temperature Gauge, CATS H.I.D. Headlights, No Cut Frame Sliders, Two Sided Fairing Stay, Extreme Graphics Undertail with Integrated Turn Signals, Polished Frame, Swingarm, Forks, Subframe, Steering Damper, Chrome Rims, Clear Clutch Cover, Gold Powdercoat on Triple Clamp, Clipons, Brake and Clutch Levers, Fairing Stay, Steering Damper Mounts, Rearsets, Passenger Pegs, Kick Stand, Calipers and Rotors, Hammerit Double Bubble Smoke Windscreen, Corbin Seat.

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              • #8
                Yeah, thanks TLRick but tyre pressure has been checked and is spot on!.

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                • #9
                  Turn the bars left and right. Does it feel like it passes a "detent" when it passes center? If so, the steering head bearings/races are toasted, probably from a few too many hard landing wheelies.
                  "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw

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                  • #10
                    The bike doesn't feel like it hits a "detent" pass centre as you put it, but is overall harder than useall to turn smoothly left and right. When riding the bike round corners, I noticed that the whole geometry feels out of whack! or should I say the gyroscopic feel. Possibly worn bearings. I'm waiting to see when my freind can take her in for a check-up. Definatley not safe to ride at the moment, especially with all that power behind it!

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