New Anakee 3 wobble

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by wspllrll, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. wspllrll

    wspllrll Been here awhile

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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.
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  2. ejy712

    ejy712 Quiet Guy

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    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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  3. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    What kind of bike are they on ?
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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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    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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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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    wspllrll Been here awhile

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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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    pressure?
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    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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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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    Having it replaced of course.
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    hngngnthr Geriatric degenerate

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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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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    wspllrll Been here awhile

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    I think I am going to try the Conti Trail Attacks or the Dunlop TR91s
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    I've worn at least 3 sets of AnakeeI and one set of AnakeeII on three different DL650's, that I've owned. Before the DL's came around, I had an SV650, that had Pilot Road2's, and now my newest DL650 has PR3's. Zero "wobbles" on any of these, so based on my own experience, I don't buy this "Michelin-theory". An individual tyre can always be defective, from any manufacturer, but it's rare. (Just my 0.02 of course.)
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    Spoke wheels are prone to some inconsistencies I guess. This is the second tire with the same result. First was in stock second was ordered from supplier to replace. I guess the .5 mm variance with the 21 in spoke wheel in combo with this specific tire might result in the wobble.
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    I just put over 3500 miles on my super T with new Anakee III's in the last 2 weeks, no problems at all, but they were a bitch to balance correctly...the front required about an ounce and one half, funny part is the last1/4 ounce would only balance correctly when placed about 9 inches from rest of the weight. I've mounted and balanced a lot of tires, never had one balance like that....otherwise great tire so far. Had them offroad for maybe 100 miles before trip, seem at least as capable as the old II's..
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    Decided to try the Dunlop TR91s.
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    Dealer called. Ride is the same with the Dunlops. The wheel is in spec and they say the spokes are the correct tension. So.... There appears to be some issue with the wheel. I guess time will tell if it continues.
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