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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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On my way to work today l let go of the bars, vibration was excessive 60kmh. Held the bars again (thinking s#@t) shakes gone. The bike is 9 months old 7000kms, I bought it new and have never damage the bike or popped wheelies. I just some info so when I go to the dealership I'll be prepared.
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7000km.
Are your tyres ok?
Pressure ok.
Headstock bearings.
Front wheel to rear wheel alignment?
Others will add to this I am sure. Hi

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Hi mate everything is in good nic. Maybe the head stock need tightening? Thanks for your help.
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My $0.02 is on the front tire. Add you location and bike to your profile as that might help.
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On my way to work today l let go of the bars, vibration was excessive 60kmh. Held the bars again (thinking s#@t) shakes gone. The bike is 9 months old 7000kms, I bought it new and have never damage the bike or popped wheelies. I just some info so when I go to the dealership I'll be prepared.
The front tire probably needs to be rebalanced.

I started getting wobble when I took my hands off the handlebars at around 7,000 miles... rode it for another 4K miles. Went away when I got the new tires.


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Thank you everyone for the input, new to any like this. It's great to be a part of one.
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Most likely the front tire, as this has been the case for numerous folks. That said I actually had a bad rim on my 2017 that Triumph took care of under warranty with a new rim. So if replacing the tire doesn't solve the issue then have someone take a look at the rim balance without a tire on it. Mine had a bad weld apparently.
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My T120 needed the steering head adjusted ("tightened") somewhere less than 5K miles, which probably corresponds to your 7000 km. Again, not a wheelie guy, don't ride aggressively and always maintained proper tire/tyre pressure. I do admit to being a tad on the hefty side and I do a lot of weekend touring (i.e. an extra 40 pounds of baggage and stuff). I remember thinking at the time that this was quite early in the bike's life to need the steering head tinkered with. I have run a lot of Kawasakis and a few Hondas and steering head adjustments were usually a 35K mile event, not 4500.

I suspect it is the nature of the beast, kinda like that first chain adjustment or retorqueing the head bolts after the initial run. The bike is well north of 10K miles now and everything is just peachy. No head shake.

I think I remember elsewhere on this forum that some owners have replaced the steering head bearings with aftermarket ones. Maybe Triumph went with the lowest bidder?

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You could have a problem!
Is this the first time you took you hands off the bars and discovered this, or have you occasional taken both hands of the bars and this just developed. If it's the latter it is a problem and should be corrected.

Some motorcycles do have a wobble when you take your hands off the grips, older Goldwings were notorious for this.
Quick steering sport bikes tend do it, which is why most of them have steering dampers. Some bikes just need one hand on the bars to dampen this out. It also is more frequent with bikes that use tapered bearings in the steering head if they are not properly adjusted

IF you feel it with one or both hands on the bars it is a problem

My T120 is still at the dealers waiting for winter to end and a chance to increase the mileage from 1.0 miles, so I can't say it this is normal on the T120.

Almost all of the bikes I've owned or ridden that did not have a steering damper tended to do this. The old Meridian Triumphs had a friction steering damper.

It is what it is, until it isn't

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Both hands on the bars, no shake. One hand on the bars, no shake. No hands on the bars, shake. Thanks for your you information, I am going to take it back to the dealership.
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