Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Reston, VA, USA
Front end shimmy
Last November I had my '08 K1200GT in for service and new tires, Z6 front and rear. In the first part of this year I wasn't riding much, but that changed recently. Since then, while riding on highways I have noticed a shimmy in the front. It is not constant, it only occurs above about 50 mph, and it feels like a gust caught the front. I don't recall feeling this previously. In fact, I recall some highway rides during which I was amazed how planted the bike felt.
Could it be the Z6 tires are causing this? I checked the pressure the other day and both were a few pounds low, so I filled the tires to the specs (36/42 psi). Today I was out for a 150 mile ride and the shimmy was there, though it might have been a bit less.
Advice? The bike is great otherwise. [Well, except the horn, which I am replacing, and the pegs could be lower,....]
When in doubt, apply more throttle.
2008 K1200GT, Dark Graphite, "#4, the Dancing Hippo"