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Old 01-17-2015, 02:00 PM   #1
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Help with my 06 R1

I live in dayton and i need to know if anyone with a simular year R1 lives anywhere close bc i just got this bike and i feel like it rides kinda funny. It feels a little squirrelly in the corners. I want someone else to ride it and tell me what they think or let me ride theirs so I'll have a comparison. It's possible that it's just me bc my previous bike was an r6.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:22 PM   #2
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Have you had your suspension set for your weight? Squirely as in the handling or the power delivery?
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:01 PM   #3
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Getting the suspension sag set correctly makes a big difference in handling.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:42 PM   #4
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How do your tires look, is there any signs of cupping ? Also I always noticed when its cooler outside the tires take longer to heat up which always made it feel looser in corners
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:58 PM   #5
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My "go to" answer would be to take it to Motorcycles Unlimited. They're a site sponsor and a great group of people.
Patrick (the owner) has often indicated that they will check out a problem for free. Then you can decide if you want to pay them to get it fixed.

Some things to check:
As mentioned, check your tires, especially the front, for uneven wear or cupping. Often the fronts will have little divots on the rubber blocks (cupping) that can cause an unsteady feel. If you ride, say 30 mph, and let go of the bars for a moment you may find that they start wobbling. It may get worse quickly so be ready for that. This is not abnormal wear, not much you can do to prevent it except closely monitor tire pressure.
Nothing you can do to fix it except replace the tire.
Check the steering head bearings for looseness and wear. If you have the means to do it, get the front off the ground and slowly move the bars side to side. There should be no detent in the middle.
I'm assuming you've checked tire pressures because that can make the bike feel squirrely. Even a few pounds can make a big difference.
Let us know what you find.
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