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Blvr

Front tire road walking

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Blvr

The Dunlop D402f on the front of my GL1500 is catching every groove and only runs straight on real smoth road. Ive put on the jack and there is no slack in the bearings. I lowered the pressure from 38# to 35 and it improved some. 

Any advice? Ive rode since i was 14 but this is my first gw. 

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Mountain Rider
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Is that the tire that was on it when you bought it?  Certain tires are prone to track grooves and tar snakes based on tread design, wear, or a combination of the two.  Do you know how many miles are on that tire?  If it's getting worn, I'd change her out.  Since the 1500's came with bias tires, something like the Dunlop American Elite's, Michelin Commander II's, or Avon Cobra's in a bias configuration may cure you problem.  Good luck

 

Another question for you, is it just tracking or is it developing a wobble?  Since you indicated it runs smooth on good road, I'll assume it's just a tracking issue.  It still might be worth checking you steering head bearings.

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Blvr

Thanks. 

Not certain on age of tire. Ive owned it two months and have spent most of that time checking and fixing. I will see if there is any play in those bearings but l’ve not noticed any slack. There’s not an evident knot or tread separation. I want to figure out what is going on instead of throwing money into replacing parts that’s not going to fix it. 

Im like the old half blind dog. If i sniff around long enough i’ll find my way. 

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Mountain Rider

On these big heavy bikes, having tread with grooves running in the direction of the tire rotation, grooves, seams, tar snakes, and bridge decks get quite exciting.  Some are worse than others.  Tires that have tread that runs across the tire, side to side, tend to have fewer issues with tracking.  If you end up having to replace it, Dunlop and Bridgestone have rebates going through the end of April.  Rocky Mountain ATV seems to have the best prices right now as well.  Good luck, I know you'll get her figured out.  

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kgypsy

B,

 

I don't think I ever had a Dunlop front tire that DIDN'T act that way, thus the reason I don't run them on any of my bikes.....

 

KG

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Blvr

I pulled it off today. Going to darkside it with a Michelin pilot activ. 

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Mountain Rider

The tire you mention is a MC tire.  If you look at the tread, that groove down the middle of the tire is what grabs the grooves.  If you really want a Michelin, the Commander II's are probably a better choice to cure the issue you were having.

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Blvr

Thanks. Ive bought the pilot activ and waiting for ups. Hopefully it will meet my needs. 

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Dusty Boots

It tracks/sticks well up front, but being a dual compound tire, is prone to cupping early on. Keep the tire pressure up to at least 40-41 PSI

 

Dusty

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