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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 05:22 PM
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Off topic, but could you post a few pics of your MB5? Looks like a cool little machine. Do you use it as a pit bike or something? Just curious. Thanks!
I use it as a regular bike, but just for around town. Not very fast but it's an absolute blast to ride around on, very fun bike.
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I use it as a regular bike, but just for around town. Not very fast but it's an absolute blast to ride around on, very fun bike.
Beautiful bike and scenery. I think I'm in the market for one now too.
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Beautiful bike and scenery. I think I'm in the market for one now too.
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Beautiful bike and scenery. I think I'm in the market for one now too.
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A few things I would check besides what you have already done (i.e. balance, head bearings) would be to check the wheel to see if its true and not bent, check spokes, check alignment of front wheel/forks, wheel bearings, check handlebar bolts and try increasing preload in the rear. A lot of front end issues are caused by something out back so don't forget to have a good look around the bike.

Also, I just recently fixed a front wheel hop on my MB5. I tried balancing and it didn't help at all. I put the tire on the balance stand and rotated just looking at the tire itself and I could see it wasn't even. Turned out the tire wasn't seated correctly/evenly on the rim so it was a bit off center causing it to go up and down while riding. Lubed it up good and then reinflated/reseated and all is good now, hop is gone. Doubt its your issue but thought I'd mention it as sometimes its something we easily overlook.
Thanks for that. I had a bounce too and checked everything except for how the tire is seated. Will try that

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My bars wobble at around 85-105mph, it use to do it with the 21-18" wheel combo on with OE tyres and still does with 19-17" wheels with Conti TA 2's on, never develops into a tank slapper or feels like it's heading that way, I do feel the forks flex a fair bit when you're pushing the front end. I looked around for various causes and found nothing significant so I just live with it.
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Well I increased the preload on the rear this morning and it did improve somewhat - not entirely gone but noticeably better.

I need to get off my lazy a$$ and set the sag....
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Definitely set the sag - also check your tire pressures. You said the front end is tight - but it doesn't mean he didn't put it back together a bit crooked. When you are on the flat and straight - are your bars straight? With the bike on a stand (or someone holding it) - line up both wheels and then look at the bars again. Check the rest of the settings on your forks. With the front end supported loosen the axle and the triple clamps. Then jiggle everything and get it all to set straight. It's easy to tweak the forks a little when putting the front end back on...
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