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Old 07-23-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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Front Tire Feels Weird 30-40 mph

Ok so I noticed it a few rides ago ... check the air was a few pounds low so took care of that ... thought that was the issue. Nope. Again tonight I was riding down 1960 so I was cruising around 40-50 mph and the front tire feels squishy. At slow speeds it feels like the tire is flat or low. At higher speeds I dont feel it as much but a the handle bars are vibrating more than they were and making my hands hurt. I thought I was holding on to tight but just a few miles into my trip my left hand was killing me from the vibration.

Weird only about 1600 miles on the bike. Any ideas? I googled front tire wobble and seen some people are having some issues with a bearing on the front end of the bike and not sure if that may be the problem.

**Bike is a 13' Ninja 300

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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Does the front tire have any odd wear on it? Just a thought. Not sure if it would cause the vibrations you speak of but could be an indicator of another issue.
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Does the front tire have any odd wear on it? Just a thought. Not sure if it would cause the vibrations you speak of but could be an indicator of another issue.
No tire looks good and the wheel weight is still on their that came so its not a balance issue
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #4
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the ninja 300 forum I found is talking of a steering stem bearing failure .. said it was common on the 250's also. They are complaining more of shake and vibration when decelerating between 50 and 40 mph. I got the vibration at higher speeds but the loose feeling in the front end at speeds in the 30-45 mph range
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Take it to the shop to be safe. If it's a defective bearing, hopefully they'll cover it under warranty.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:02 AM   #6
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Take it to the shop to be safe. If it's a defective bearing, hopefully they'll cover it under warranty.
I got a sweet deal on an aftermarket warrant when I bought the bike so I have that also .. no ded FTW. I am off tomorrow so just may limp it over to Motorcycles Unlimited to have them check it out ... just a few miles from the house.

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Old 07-23-2013, 01:42 AM   #7
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I hope you are going by the recommended PSI on the bike frame and not on the tire.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:46 AM   #8
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I hope you are going by the recommended PSI on the bike frame and not on the tire.
Yes ... I use the pressure on the swing arm sticker.
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Yes ... I use the pressure on the swing arm sticker.
Well, if you have a jack point on the front, lift the bike up an inch and push back and forth/side to side on the front end. You'll feel bad bearings. You can also get on the bike and walk it forward and slam on the front brake. Any slack in the stem bearings will be felt. Axle tight? Checked forks for seal leaks? Suspension settings the same? I highly recommend getting to a shop asap.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:43 AM   #11
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2013 should still be under the factory warranty. I'd take it back to a kawi dealer..

I'd inspect front AND rear wheel bearings, as well as steering head bearings and adjustment.. I would definitely rebalance the front tire.

I once had a vibration on a front tire that would only start at about 80mph and by 100 mph it was so bad that I was afraid to ride it at that speed.. This was with tires only a few months old, installed and balanced by a vendor here. (Not Motorcycles Unlimited).. I had the front tire rebalanced by a small local shop and that solved the problem.. So it was either a sloppy balance job in the beginning or some how it got knocked out of balance.. Weights were still on...but totally wrong.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:29 AM   #12
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I could show you how to check the stem bearings and the wheel bearings if you need a hand!
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:00 AM   #14
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This is the beauty of new bikes under warranty. You don't need to worry about it. Just drop it off and say "Fix it".
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Its awesome that so many are willing to help, I say don't spend the money at Motorcycles Unlimited just yet. Since you have the warranty just take it to Kawi, I believe that this is a know issue on the 300.
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I am betting something is funky on the back end.
rear wheel alignment?
Shock mount?
blown rear shock?

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Bring it by and we'll look at it, no charge.
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Bring it by and we'll look at it, no charge.
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Just woke up from my morning nap. Thanks for all the offers. Craig you are in Crosby dude ... I really appreciate that offer .. will hold that one in the bag for something really serious.

Patrick thanks .. I will bring it by.
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