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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-05-2016, 05:03 PM
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Thought not exactly related, I concur with the wonky steering associated with low tire pressure. I suffered a rear tire blow-out (on a practically new tire :-( grrrr) while riding down the highway. Ran over what I though was a pebble. Turns out it was likely a chunk of glass, or sharp metal. Poked a decent sized hole in the rear. I had no idea I had was loosing air for several minutes. At first I just though "man, the tar-snakes on the road are really sticky today". My back end was sort of doing it's own thing. By the time I had to turn off the highway I realized something was wrong and saw my rear was flat. Turning (left) off the highway was a very odd sensation. I was turning the bike, but the rear pretty much didn't want to follow. It would sort of flop around and do it's own thing.

Also, my DR650 needs air every week. I know the tires are low when it gets mushy and difficult to steer.

So I agree, correct tire pressure definitely helps in turning and steering.

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Probably a dumb input here --- However, I find myself occasionally Pushing Down on handle bar instead of Pushing Forward. You know - push Right go Right means push handle bar end forward.

In other words the force I am putting on the handle bar feels heavy for the curve I am making. It's because the force is about 1/2 down and 1/2 forward. Maybe saying, pushing at an angle on the handle bar is what I do makes more sense.

Lean your head and upper body toward the mirror on the side where you are turning (or for that matter shift off the seat as racers do). You will be surprised how even a slight shift of head and upper body toward the mirror will make a turn feel.

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What about the rear tire squaring out by riding mostly on straight roads. With only 3500 miles my rear tire seem to be square_
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What about the rear tire squaring out by riding mostly on straight roads. With only 3500 miles my rear tire seem to be square_
Been using Car Tire on rear (talk about square or flat bottom) on a Burgman 650 and 400 Scooter.

Not like it affects the steering that much (there is a more abrupt transition as you lean over -- pretty much negligible).

Lot of folks run Car Tire on rear for Goldwing, Valkyrie, several other bikes.

Just saying - don't think that is the cause.
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Been using Car Tire on rear (talk about square or flat bottom) on a Burgman 650 and 400 Scooter.

Not like it affects the steering that much (there is a more abrupt transition as you lean over -- pretty much negligible).

Lot of folks run Car Tire on rear for Goldwing, Valkyrie, several other bikes.

Just saying - don't think that is the cause.
Ohhh my...you're talking about going over to "The Darkside".
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Ohhh my...you're talking about going over to "The Darkside".
I am darksided on a Burgman 400 Scooter and was on the Burgman 650 Scooter before I sold it.

I was attempting to make a comparison with the flat worn MC tire to a Flat Bottomed Car Tire. (a person made a perhaps about that causing hard steering). I used a Car Tire on My Burgman 400 and on my Burgman 650 and did not consider those hard to steer. There is a slight (Negligible) difference on the transition to a lean with a Car Tire. No worn MC tire is as flat on bottom as a Car Tire.

I guess hard to steer is relative, I cannot imagine a CB500X being hard to steer as it is very sensitive. However, you have to push the handle bar FWD (and not be pushing down as you push Fwd). Pushing down as well as FWD will seem like a lot of pressure needed to make a turn (curve). And, the natural angle of of our arm from shoulder to handle bar results in tendency to push down while pushing FWD.

TRY just pushing FWD one time (don't run off the road, cause it will turn quick). :-)

BY THE WAY -- I would put a Car Tire on the CB500X if could get one with that diameter narrow enough to fit. No Such Thing. GROAN

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