Next issue, wobble at speed

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    I think I sorted the hard start issue - had idle set too low...

    I've noticed pretty noticeable wobble starting at about 65-70 up to 90-95 (fasted I've gone yet).

    Tires are relatively new, stem bearings seems ok, but not sure.

    I'm new to the bike, so not sure if this is normal or indicative of an issue.

    Thoughts? Possible issues?
     
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    how many miles on your gen 3 ?

    tire balance ? worn swingarm or wheel bearings ? steering head bearings loose ?
     
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    Definitely not normal; VFR's are some of the most neutral handling bikes. Tyres would be a most likely culprit, either out of balance, or out of round. Balance usually shows up as a vibration not a wobble. I'd suggest raising the front off the ground (jack under the engine) and spinning the wheel and look for any signs of distortion. Also move the steering from side to side, should be smooth without any notchiness if the bearings are good. You can also check the wheel bearings while you are at it, try to wiggle the the top of the wheel side to side between the fork legs, should be no looseness at all.
     
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    Thanks, good ideas.
    Also, the bike seems to want to "stand up" on low speed turns.
    Not sure if that's related or just the nature of the bike - I'm still getting accustomed to it.
     
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    as terry said, you need to raise the front wheel to check for loose wheel and steering bearings and spin the wheel to check for any rim dents or out-of-roundness.

    any wobbliness is not normal and should get sorted before any more riding imo.
     
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    I should have added tyre pressures to that list; always start with Honda's recommendations of 36psi F/42psi R.
     
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    Thanks all. Bike has 26K miles. It is more of a vibration than a wobble. I did a double-take on the tire pressures, but I've been running the 36 F/42 R - thanks for confirming that. I will definitely get the front of the bike up and check the tire and bearings.
    Thanks again.
     
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    [QUOTE="smcmillen66, post: 614470, member: 38050" .....I've been running the 36 F/42 R .....[/QUOTE]


    2 much. fine for high speed heavi load, bedder lower 4 urban use...33/3 six is good.
     
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