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Old 04-27-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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New Anakee 3 wobble

I just new tires today and as soon as I got on the highway I noticed a distinct wobble or oscillation (vertical) which suggests out of balance tire. Took bike back and they rechecked the balance so maybe it is a defective tire. They said it was safe to ride until they replace. Maybe it will smooth out? Seems pronounced at right around 45mph.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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I just new tires today and as soon as I got on the highway I noticed a distinct wobble or oscillation (vertical) which suggests out of balance tire. Took bike back and they rechecked the balance so maybe it is a defective tire. They said it was safe to ride until they replace. Maybe it will smooth out? Seems pronounced at right around 45mph.
Not my experience. I have 1000 miles on a new set of Anakee 3's. They have no wobble or oscillation. They are very neutral in corners, no "fall in". They are reasonably quiet. And they handle well on dirt roads. So far, so good.

Your problem does sound like balance or out of round. Did the bead set uniformly?
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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What kind of bike are they on ?
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:39 AM   #4
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Tiger 800 xc - yes bead is fine and balance to zero. Maybe just a defective tire? Only really happens noticeably at right around 42-47 mph
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:18 AM   #5
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Hopefully it is just the tire.If not you may need to put a dial indicator on your wheel and make sure it is in spec vertically and horizontally.
I had a front wheel on a Gsa that was out of whack both ways and with a trail attack tire it would wobble and dribble at slow speeds but with Anakee or pilot road it was almost not noticeable.So certain tires may show an underlying issue.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:01 AM   #6
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Bike has only 6k on it as I bought it new and never noticed anything before. But you have a point maybe it isn't the tire?
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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My brother and I have had similar experiences on different bikes over the years. Looked at everything from brakes to steering head bearings and it always came down to a bad front tire. Have it replaced. I just ordered up some Anakee 3 for my DL 1000 by the way.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #9
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Having it replaced of course.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:37 PM   #10
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I've had several bikes that had a front end shimmy at 45 mph. In all cases it was a Michelin tire. I never use Michelins on the front. OK on the back. My theory is the tread pattern spacing is resonant with the front end suspension at 45 mph. You might try to attach some weight to your forks to change the frequency or just get a front tire of another manufacture.

I'm a retired structural engineer with some experience in vibration analysis. Not an expert though, by any means.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:10 AM   #11
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Starting to get the feeling I might have to choose another tire. Several have mentioned this problem and the dealer specifically had problem with another set of Anakees they installed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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New tire on front and same result wobble off throttle. Wheel is within spec. Apparently a 21inch spoke wheel will have some variance. Factory spec is w/in 1mm mine is .5mm. So.... Will the tire "wear in" and the wobble go away? Or should I choose another make model of tire???
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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Two out of two have the self-same problem but all else is good? I'd say your bike just doesn't play well with that brand of tyre.
Or could it be that your dealer has dived into a batch of tyres that are all a bit below-par?
I just put a set of Anakee 2s on my wife's Caponord and she likes them a lot - on the bitumen anyway - a bit squirrelly on gravel.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:57 PM   #14
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Does anybody remember the "Tourance Wobble?" Seems it was worst on Vstroms, while other bikes were unaffected by it. I know mine had a noticeable wobble with a Tourance front. Maybe the Anakee 3 on the Tiger has the same issue?
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #15
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I think I am going to try the Conti Trail Attacks or the Dunlop TR91s
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