Things that can make your motorcycle wobble

Have you ever felt that your motorcycle sometimes wobbles out of control as soon as you weaken your grip on the handlebars? There might a number of reason behind motorcycle wobbling which if not taken cared on time may also land you in trouble when least expected. So we went into details and listed down all the possible factors which may make your motorcycle shaky and the ways to get them fixed.

Too many punctures

When a tyre is inching closer to its end line, or when it gets too many punctures it starts losing its grip and shape. The wobbling caused in such a case can easily be figured out as it is most significant even on slow speeds. And the only way to get it fixed is to opt for a tyre change. So try not to delay the tyre replacement or wait for another puncture to happen, and get a new tyre set as soon as possible. 

Motorcycle wobble

Rim bend

Another most common way to disrupt your motorcycle’s handling capabilities is by getting your rim damaged. You will end up damaging your motorcycle rims if you tend to ride fast and overlook potholes. Also if you keep the tyre pressure low, chances are your rims may be damaged beyond repairs. Damaged rims are bad for neutral handling of the motorcycles, but the good news is they can be fixed. If your motorcycle has spoken wheels, then need not to worry as it is comparatively cheaper to get spoke wheels fixed compared to alloys. While alloys can be repaired too, but their tensile strength is compromised after damage, and so it is only better to get the alloys replaced then to go for a repair.  

Motorcycle wobble

Low tyre pressure

Low tyre pressure is another most common cause of motorcycle wobbling. Depending upon the make, your motorcycle tyres have a specific recommended tyre pressure and if you do not maintain it chances are your motorcycle will not handle in the way it is designed to do. The recommended tyre pressure for motorcycle tyres lies in the range of 32Psi to 38Psi, which varies upon the weight, tyre size, riding conditions, temperature and more. If you go way below it, say 10-15Psi, you will end up feeling more weight on the handlebar, which may even wobble as soon as you weaken the grip.

Motorcycle wobble

Chassis defect

Though it is highly uncommon, even chassis/frame of a motorcycle which has developed a defect over long time usage or after an accident can make the motorcycle wobble. It is highly unlikely, so you need not worry about it.  So it is best to probably look for some other cause and put this option on the sidelines until everything else is ruled out.

Motorcycle wobble

Tyre alignment

Like car tyres, even motorcycle tyres need alignment which should be checked every 10K kilometers. So make sure you ask your tyre replacement expert to check your motorcycle’s tyre alignment the next time you give him a visit.

Motorcycle wobble

Suspension bend

It might be difficult for some to imagine, but even something as rigid as a bike’s suspension can develop a bend depending upon the way of riding.  And a damaged/bent suspension will alter the motorcycle’s riding behavior very seriously. Suspensions on modern day bikes are not cheap to replace, so it is best to ride in a sensible manner.

Motorcycle wobble

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