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    Front end wallows/wanders after Shinko 241

    I installed a new Shinko 241 tire on the front a week or so ago. A few days later I ended up on the main road for a short ways, and when I got up over 50 mph, the front end started wallowing, or wandering. It would get worse the faster you go, so I had to back off. I checked the tire pressures and aired them up to around 22 psi and tried again, same result.

    I know my left fork tube is slightly bent, as my bars are usually "crooked" when going straight, so I wonder if this could be responsible? I haven't found an affordable fork tube to replace it. It never did this with the old stock front tire.

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    What size did you get? If its shorter than what you had, effectively lowering your front, that can cause some stability issues at speed.
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    It only comes in one size... 4.00/18.

    Lots of people are running this tire and I haven't seen any of them reporting this problem...
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    Try lifting the front wheel off the deck – rotate – and look closely

    It may be that the tire hasn’t seated properly – or your wheel is out of whack – (or even the tire)

    Odd that it only comes on at speed though – usually indicates a balance problem – but with a known bent fork, you really need to get that sorted out first ……………..
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    Do you have the fork brace on the bike? (the metal piece that the stock fender is mounted on) Or have removed it mounting the high fender kit? This can cause wandering if it is not there. Also, too much air pressure means your contact patch on the road is smaller and therefore more subjected to the small imperfections in the road that we always encounter. The only other things I can think of are wheel bearings and the steering head bearing. If the tire is worn out and cupping it can cause shimmying and a wobble too, but that doesn't seem to be the problem.
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    I have the Shinko244 on both TW's and have noticed the same thing at high speeds. In fact if I shake the bars it will induce a slight speed wobble. A bit unnerving at first but I just got used to it as it never seemed to get to the point of loss of control and stops as soon as I roll off the throttle. I did however put a Scotts stabilizer on the 03 but the same thing still happens at speed.
    I will be trying a different tire when the 244's wear out and was thinking the 241 might be the answer till I read your post.
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    AHA! See I'm not the only one.

    The tire is brand new; like, maybe 20 miles on it so far. The steering and wheel bearings are also new. I'll check the wheel to see if it's wobbling, and I'll even put it on my balance stand and balance it. Maybe that's the answer.
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    I'm presuming you also have a knobbly on the back ?

    Ran into a similar problem earlier this year trying to run a road tire on the front and a knobbly rear ............
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    I had this problem with a knobby front and street back on a crf250. Could be something this simple.

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    After drinking the cool aid and changing my out my stock tire for a golden boy I've noticed this occasionally too. It really scared me when it happened first. Kinda still scares me. I think I may try a different tire at some point, maybe the kenda but idk. I've noticed its usually happens to me on really windy days or if I'm sitting too far forward..

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