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high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
2005 roadstar silverado 1600/1700 wandered at high speed. the guys I ride with noticably avoided me on trips over highways. I followed advice from the forum. The kendra tire the dealer I bought the bike from put on was a piece of crap. Put a new Dunlop on the rear, it helped a little, then took off the windshield, jacked up the tire pressure front and rear to 42 front and 45 rear. It improved handling performance at higher speeds, 65 to 70 at 80 to 85 it came back. Now what?? I am thinking of selling the bike and going back to Suzuki like a m109. As you can tell I am pretty frustrated. Anyt more advice???? Newriver
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
Have you checked the steering head bearings, wheel bearings,
I have also cranked my rear spring preload up to max. I only ride solo so this helped my handling out quite a bit.
This just comes from old dirt bike tricks. Sometimes; to settle the front end down, the rear end has to be beefed up.
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
Is the front tire a different brand or cuped? The front might look good, but you need to feel it.
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
I just put on a new rear tire Metzeler ME880. Had some problems with it feeling like the front end would zip from side to side like rolling over a 3/8" rod or something. I checked the marks on the back Axle to see if they are the same and had to readjusted it. Help quit a bit but can still feel the sensation a little bit. I then checked the center of the rear axle to the pivot arm to see if it was the same length it was, so now I may look at the front end. I had a new tire put on this spring. Going to see if some thing is loose or maybe the bears are going. I wouldn't think so with only 15,000 on it. My front tire is at 42 and my back is at 48, I ride 2 up a lot.

Hope some of this help you out, hate to see us loose a R* rider.
Al
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
Some tires tend to wander more than others. I have my air pressure at 38 front 42 rear for one up rear spring set to standard setting. I run Metzler me880's if your front tire is worn or cupped it will tend to wander on you. Also make sure the front and back tire is aligned. The way I do mine is to take two pieces of steel angle iron 8' long and clamp then to the rear. You adjust the rear so the front sits between the angles in the center and they are aligned.
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
You didn't mention what kind of tire is on the front and how many miles you have on it. My Roadstar had new dunlops on it when I got the bike with 13k on the clock. I rode them about a 1k and the bike wandered badly.. I have always run Avons. So I bit the bullet and put a set of Avons on the thing. YOu can ride with your hands off at any speed as long as they are properly inflated.. I would suggest that the front tire is the culprit... I have some friends who are riding with some of the knock off tires, such as shinkos, and they also have complained about following groves, etc, etc..... Butch
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
I will tell you one thing it ain't that the Kendra tire mine is fine better then any Dunlop overpriced piece &^$#$%% tire lasting 5000 miles if your lucky my two pennies
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
I had a Dunlop Cruisemax up front @ the begining of the season. Cupped out at 2200 miles. Street snakes(tar strips) were always scarey. The front end always felt vague. Replaced with a Metzeler 880. I LOVE MY ROADIE AGAIN
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
Wow, never had a problem with the Cruisermax and I'm going on 4700 since I put them on in March....
 
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Re:high speed wandering 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
Royal1MC wrote:
Wow, never had a problem with the Cruisermax and I'm going on 4700 since I put them on in March....look like you got about 300 mile left
 
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