2012 Harley Softail spoke wheel LOOSE!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by concours, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Every spoked wheel that I have even owned needed to be adjusted from time to time.

    ....usually before it was wobbling enough to open the rotor pistons :eek1
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  2. anotherguy

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    Man the lack of mechanical understanding around here is stunning. Loose spokes will not affect the brake rotor unless it is a perimeter brake. Never saw one of those attached to a laced wheel either. The rotor is attached to the hub which is fixed in place by the clamping force of a tightened axle against the forks making it a rigid assembly. Sheesh..............
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  3. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Glad she didn't get in a wreck over this and can appreciate all the concerns as to quality and competency with the build as well as with the shop's work. Obviously spoke/laced wheels can get loose and require some attention that a cast wheel does not need, but HD has had this type of wheel on bikes for ever so it's not like a certified HD mechanic should not be aware of proper maintenance and care procedures, etc. Are these the new tubeless rims or the "old" tube type? Shouldn't matter, just curious and the brakes getting soft after a few miles would indicate an ongoing loss of fluid or soft hose (ballooning) so there should be a very noticeable leak at a loose fitting or swelling/damage in a line, etc.

    Good luck!
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  4. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    Those 28 spoke mag wheels never come lose....
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  5. scrannel

    scrannel Scrannel

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    Back in the day... when I had Harleys, my 750GT Ducati, etc. I ALWAYS had a spoke wrench in the tool kit. Laced a couple of wheels myself and, as someone pointed out, it's no BFD. But they do get loose. Once a month me and my pals would sit out in the driveway and tap each spoke until one went "clunk" instead of "bing!". "Clunk" mean loose. Not very scientific but it worked. If you insist on having spoked wheels in the 21st Century on a street bike than I suggest you think retro, not just look it.
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  6. ERD

    ERD Custom Rider

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    Not to rain on your sis's troubles, but the problem will not go away. 2013 Harleys have a rash of spoke wheel problem that they will no recall or address. My local dealer, after fixing my loose spokes, now cannot get the motor company to warrant a second repair...

    We ended up taking off the wheels ourselves and sending them off to our wheel shop to have them tigheten properly before someone gets killed.

    FWIW, 2013 Harleys are the biggest trash made by the motor company in recent years.
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  7. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    This is wrong on a few levels.
    At 1000 miles I'd expect any bike (including my Ural) to not have these issues.
    Another is the look of the rims and spokes at 1000 miles. I've had 40,000 mile bikes with better looking chrome.
    Why on earth would the brakes even get touched at the dealer?
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  8. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I agree about Chrome. That wheel shows rust. Something is odd here.

    Harley has their 2012 bikes still up on their website. There's no paint scheme (white with blue stripe) for 2012 heritage softails.



    Cakeeater
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  9. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    what a mess.

    I've never had a problem with any of my bikes' spoked wheels in well over 100k miles combined. Well, that's not entirely true - after a season of racing an XR650R, I had to replace one spoke - and that was on a 13 year old bike that had been raced.
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  10. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    While no recall, there is a service bulletin out about this issue.

    I have an '11 Softail Dlx and I think they forgot to check at the 1000mi service. I took mine in at 3000mi, for a $50 oil change special, and they found all my rear spokes to be loose. My fronts are fine. Coming from a sportbike background I'm big into cornering and never noticed any handling issues. Maybe I'm just too smooth in my transitioning, eh? :lol3 Had to go back in again after a few hundred more miles and have a couple retightened. I'm having them do it so it can be kept track of. They had even mentioned that if it kept up or was too bad they might just order a new wheel.

    Oh, and on a side note, no spoke issues on my '07 KLR with 14,000mi including going over the Top of the World Hwy a dozen times. :wink:

    Good luck, Mark H.
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  11. UnknownLegend

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    Not sure why it is not on the website. ?
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  12. Clint Taurus

    Clint Taurus Been here awhile

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    I'd be looking for a new place to get my HD serviced
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  13. UnknownLegend

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    Hey all. this is the sister. thanks for all your suggestions and sympathy.
    today's update...took the bike to a different HD dealer (not the one i had previously taken it to and purchased it from) so, they are ordering a new master cylander. replacing the voltage regulator (formal recall) and said that they would remove the front wheel and start over with trueing...stay tuned.
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  14. rokinrider

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    One word for the fat cats at corporate HD I have had a pile of them and will keep my 00 but VICTORY is coming fast!!!!!:freaky
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  15. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    You know, the brake issue is probably cause by the rotor being off center from the loose spokes.
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  16. ian03xl

    ian03xl Been here awhile

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    The rotor is fixed to the hub and would be completely un-affected even if the spokes were completely gone.
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  17. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    The chrome looked fine to me... a bit of road grime, the bike gets ridden, garaged, but ridden. I think it's just dark reflections appearing as rust pits. My photo skills are probably to blame. :freaky
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  18. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    +1! They got the initial nomenclature correct... things may be looking up here!
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  19. anotherguy

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    Might be. :rofl
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  20. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    If the front end is oscillating it sure as shit will.

    Remember wheel imbalances transfer through the front end, which makes the forks wobble, which most certainly can open the calipers.
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