Violent handlebar shake at speed - Harley Davidson Forums: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Forum
Harley-DavidsonForums.com is an independent enthusiast website owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc. Harley-DavidsonForums.com is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with Harley-Davidson Inc.. The Harley Davidson names and logos are trademarks owned by Harley-Davidson Inc.

Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Forum > Specific Model Areas > Touring General Discussions

» Insurance
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-21-2009, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hollywood
Posts: 67
Violent handlebar shake at speed

Hi all,
I went riding today with my friend. He has a 2009 Road Glide. He had a new issue to share with me today. As we hit about 40 MPH he says, ""watch this" and then let go of the handle bars. The bars proceeded to shake violently and the entire end seemed to buck back and forth. As soon as he just grips the bars it simply goes away and he feels nothing at all. If he increases speed it also goes away. When I tell you it shakes, I do not mean lightly. The entire bike begins to shake. There is a recall on this issue. I assume it is the bearings in the head but I don't know for sure. Any thoughts? Has this happened to anyone else reading this? Would like to hear about it so I can help my friend.

Ed
SGHWD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 12:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
Just passing thru
 
EZE RIDER's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Long Island, NY USA
Posts: 6,638
Images: 118
Sounds like the head bearing is too loose if it smooths out just by grabbing the bars. I hope he has it checked out right away.
__________________
RIDE ON!
2007 VRSCDX since
November 28 2006





Pics
EZE RIDER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 12:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
PRR_K4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 318
Images: 11
my 09 street glide does the same thing. and it makes the clutch lever rattle. There was a earlier post about this problum. must be something in the new frame/engine mount. My 06, and 08 street glide's didnt have this.
PRR_K4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
ZZippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 41
My 09 SG doesn't have this problem, so it's clearly not on all bikes. I hope you guy's get things resolved quickly. I will be interested in hearing the outcome.
ZZippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 09:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
"Nervous Tick"
 
gruss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: UTAH
Posts: 11,276
Images: 29
my '05 883l does the same thing. i checked the bearings during the tire change a month back, and did not find loose bearings, and did put the bike back together unchanged. it's really not a problem for me if i have one hand on the bars.
i do plan to finish out the season, and adjust the bearings over winter..
it is a bit scary to let go of those bars at 40mph, thats for sure, but i've decided to leave it for now..and no, the dealer wont be making any adjustments to my steering or suspension systems.....ever
g
__________________
I didnt buy a Sportster because I wanted a Harley,
I bought a Harley because I wanted a "Sportster"....
gruss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 09:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Psychiatric Ward
Posts: 5,306
No problems here...but mine is a CVO
V-Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 09:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 104
All of the Touring bikes for 2009 had a new tire on the front and rear. D407Fs on the front and D408s on the back. The D407F tires have had rider issues with them concerning wear and vibration. At mid year, January 2009 the MOCO switched to a "new" tire designated the D408F on the front. This was called a mid year change and came about with little fanfare. If your bike was built early in the 2009 model year it has a D407F on the front, which very well could be your problem. If built later in the model year it will have a D408F on the front. If you have the newer D408F on your bike, the tire is probably not the problem. If you have the D407F on the front, you have a problem as the MOCO does not want to replace them.
texaswiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
" BAGGERS RULE "
 
Terryg43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massena, N.Y. USA
Posts: 200
Images: 23
Gotta 09 Ultra here and everything is fine at any speed. I do have the Dunlop D408F Front tire.....
__________________
" KEEP THE SHINY SIDE UP "
09 Ultra Classic
Flame Blue Pearl
Pewter Pearl
Terryg43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 05:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 2
I have a 09 electra glide standard, last week I also had the front handlebars vibrate unlike before, I was running 30-40 mph, I blamed it on lugging at a low rpm, but it seemed a little excessive, I have 4000 miles on it and it has only happened once.
Rider696969 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 09:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
Screw It Lets Ride
 
sofapilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Overtaxed Illinois
Posts: 292
Images: 6
This could lead to a tank slapper.... that usually doesn't end well. Try to get the dealer to fix it while you wait. IMO it is not safe to ride with the head bearing loose....
just my .02
__________________
2011 Street Glide
sofapilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:37 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
This site is in no way affiliated with Harley-Davidson
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum