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yesterday I was on HWY 1 about to hit the 2nd narrows. A spot opened up in the righthand lane just as the road bends to enter the bridge. I quickly changed lanes then leaned back the other way into the corner. This seemed to upset the bike a lot and the back-end wiggled a bit and seemed to scare the crap out of the car behind because they backed off big-time.
I just kept a constant throttle going and accelerated a bit out of the turn and the bike settled down again.
Any ideas what may have caused this? Was I just trying to change direction too quickly? (my bike weighs over 500lbs, plus my 220lbs frame on top). My tires seem like they're in pretty good shape too and it was dry out...
 

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Northbound?

If it is... that slight lefthander freak me out too. I always slow down. Could it be the negative banking at that point? It really shakes me up if I get the sun in my eyes right there.
 

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Northbound?

If it is... that slight lefthander freak me out too. I always slow down. Could if be the negative banking at that point? It really shakes me up if I get the sun in my eyes right there.
yeah it was northbound...forgot about the negative banking there, for some reason it freaks me out more in my car than on my bike
 

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Heavy truck traffic will groove the road, that'll cause the bike to do weird things, esp. as you change lanes over the relatively unworn lane marker. I always get a bit wigged out on Dundas heading east, but it's the pavement making the bike wander a bit.
 

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Funny i berm my bike off those ridges , just like the old dirty days , try staying out of the slow lane where all the class 8 trucks run .
 

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yesterday I was on HWY 1 about to hit the 2nd narrows. A spot opened up in the righthand lane just as the road bends to enter the bridge. I quickly changed lanes then leaned back the other way into the corner. This seemed to upset the bike a lot and the back-end wiggled a bit and seemed to scare the crap out of the car behind because they backed off big-time.
I just kept a constant throttle going and accelerated a bit out of the turn and the bike settled down again.
Any ideas what may have caused this? Was I just trying to change direction too quickly? (my bike weighs over 500lbs, plus my 220lbs frame on top). My tires seem like they're in pretty good shape too and it was dry out...
check your head set and swing arm bushings...if they are ok then buy a better bike.
 

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Could be lots of things. Your riding style may have been jerky. The tires are old and hard even if they do have lots of tread left. Or the rear shock is adjusted very badly or has a blown seal so it's not damping correctly. Or it was a speed wobble from hitting an expansion joint at just the wrong time while shifting your weight or some other oddball combo. A wobble makes the whole bike fandango back and forth so it could feel like a rear end thing to someone that's never felt it before.

If you're tires are much over 3 years old then they are going to be aged to hardness enough that they would not be considered high performance any more.
 

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Could be lots of things. Your riding style may have been jerky. The tires are old and hard even if they do have lots of tread left. Or the rear shock is adjusted very badly or has a blown seal so it's not damping correctly. Or it was a speed wobble from hitting an expansion joint at just the wrong time while shifting your weight or some other oddball combo. A wobble makes the whole bike fandango back and forth so it could feel like a rear end thing to someone that's never felt it before.

If you're tires are much over 3 years old then they are going to be aged to hardness enough that they would not be considered high performance any more.
Yeah i guess maybe you should check out all that too, hehe, before buying a new bike...LOL:laughing
 

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Yeah i guess maybe you should check out all that too, hehe, before buying a new bike...LOL
No way! The best method for getting the wife to approve the purchase of a new bike is to claim on-going mechanical issues. First, you sit out with your bike, pulling things on and off, adjusting, fixing, spending time at the local shops, buying "repairs" that are actually upgrades, etc. Then you come home and give her a big hug one day, telling her that "The sludgepump over-pressured the scamminabundle rotors, creating an inverse negative shockwave in the belt expander. I read about this on BCSB awhile back, apparently, all of the bikes of my make and model have this problem. It not only leads to violent crashes, but also causes infertility, impotence and makes you prone to having sex with neighbourhood animals. I think I need a new bike....". Then you buy a new one, but explain "With all that's wrong with it, I'll never get a fair price for the old one right now, so I'll just hang onto it...."

And no, my wife never buys this line of crap from me.
 

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No way! The best method for getting the wife to approve the purchase of a new bike is to claim on-going mechanical issues. First, you sit out with your bike, pulling things on and off, adjusting, fixing, spending time at the local shops, buying "repairs" that are actually upgrades, etc. Then you come home and give her a big hug one day, telling her that "The sludgepump over-pressured the scamminabundle rotors, creating an inverse negative shockwave in the belt expander. I read about this on BCSB awhile back, apparently, all of the bikes of my make and model have this problem. It not only leads to violent crashes, but also causes infertility, impotence and makes you prone to having sex with neighbourhood animals. I think I need a new bike....". Then you buy a new one, but explain "With all that's wrong with it, I'll never get a fair price for the old one right now, so I'll just hang onto it...."

And no, my wife never buys this line of crap from me.
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