slow speed balance

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slow speed balance

Post by stevemiller » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:09 pm

I want to thank everyone that suggested seafoam in engine,my clutch is now so smooth.When coming to a stop my 96 1500 is very hard to keep balanced. I have to turn the handlebars back and forth to maintain balance. I have replaced the stearing bearings,front wheel bearings,fork bushings,and have 42 pounds of air in tires, I reset the swing arm to specs.It kind of feals like the frame is flexing. Once you get going all is good.this is very hard to control.

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Re: slow speed balance

Post by ct1500 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:24 pm

Come to a stop quicker (less low speed time). :D

The 1500 is a little bit of a pig at low speeds, try dragging the brakes via the foot pedal when doing slow speed riding.

A fork brace I have read will also make an improvement.
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Re: slow speed balance

Post by dingdong » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:03 am

The 1500 is what it is. "A little bit of a pig" is putting it nicely. Probably nothing wrong with yours. Best advice given by ct1500. Learn to stop quickly. Go to an empty parking lot and practice, practice, practice doing stops and using the rear brake, feathering the clutch and keeping the rpms up during very slow turns. It does get easier.

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Re: slow speed balance

Post by rono24 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:17 am

I have learned you need to stop at the last second and feather the clutch and use rear brake on slow turns, more so with passenger on board.

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Re: slow speed balance

Post by Wingsconsin » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:24 pm

Using 2nd gear while slow speed manuvering MAY help as well...
1st gear is too 'sudden' when accelerating or decelerating...
2nd gear will smooth that out when you are cruising near stops and in parking lots...
Find an empty parking lot and ride around slowly...
Don't be afraid to drop the can always pick it up again...
At slow speeds the crash bars will catch it...
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Re: slow speed balance

Post by gr8jeep » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:01 pm

Soon as I get my left side shelter and lower left cowl pieces I ordered and get my bike back together I am headed to an empty parking lot to get a better feel for my 1500 , a slow left hand tip over cost me 500 bucks in parts , my engine guards did not save the left side of my bike unfortunately :( , I am still singing the blues .

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