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On the recent ride to and from Montrose I had a pretty nasty vibration whenever the bike was running much over 75mph. At 80mph the shaking was pretty rough. I suspected the rear tire because I'd balanced my front tire before departing on the trip. The rear tire was recently mounted on the wheel by a local shop who charged me for the mounting and balancing. Today I pulled the wheel and discovered that there were 3/4oz. in wheel weights all nicely located very close to the heaviest part of the wheel/tire combination. That's been corrected now and the bike should be able to run over a ton smoothly again. Just goes to show you that it's really up to the owner to be sure that the work a shop does is correct.
 

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Sorry to hear that.. but all too common..
 

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sandiegobrass wrote:
Sorry to hear that.. but all too common..
Yes, we just bought a swell old Buick from a GM dealer, who did change the oil/filter. With me believing that they use "bulk" oil from a large drum, I set about changing the oil/filter so I would know what was in there.;)

Well sir...the drain plug was soooooo tight I had to use a breaker bar and worry about stripping the hex off the head, and the filter??? Well, there again, soooooo tight I had to try my strap wrench, then my channel locks. Yup...I ended up WEARING all the oil in that crumpled-up oil filter!!! :(

Guess I can't trust "Mr. Badwrench" in these parts to do ANYTHING right!! :gunhead: :waving:
 

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I don't know why I trusted that shop, I've always double checked my bike's wheels for balance and out of round before putting them back on. Sure was a pain on the trip to Montrose. Oh well, it'll be nice and smooth at speed now. Gonna put the highway pegs back on too, it was fun being able to carve the curves harder but not worth the pain in the knees.

BTW - Les Schwab is a good source of stick-on wheel weights. I go there and offer to buy a few and they always give me a hand full if I don't need a whole sleeve of them.
 
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