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post Dec 29 2015, 08:56 AM
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I have a '06 sportster and recently I took it for a ride and it was handling funny. there are gentle curves leaving my neighborhood and as I was accelerating through them, it felt like my rear tire was going to kick out, like I was on ice. I live in Phoenix so there was no ice. I had already checked my air pressure in both front and the back. It just felt unsafe to ride and I have no idea if this is in my head or I am having an actual problem. I also have an '04 softail which I ride more often so maybe this is just me not remembering how the sporty handles. not sure and looking for advise.
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post Dec 29 2015, 09:39 AM
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There is a list of things that can cause the bike not to handle correctly, a bad shock, bad tire, swing arm bushings, cracked frame, cracked swing arm, wheel bearings, and probably a dozen more that are not so obvious.
I would go over the bike with a fine tooth comb before I rode it again.
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post Dec 29 2015, 10:26 AM
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If you feel something is wrong ... then there probably is something wrong ...




check all those things jarhead mentioned ... if nothing identified ,, take to stealership and have them test-ride to see what they can identify


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post Dec 29 2015, 07:58 PM
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Let somebody who rides a Sporty full time test it out. Another opinion can't hurt.
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post Dec 30 2015, 10:16 AM
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My father in law recommended checking the rear axel nut when I told him my problem. I took it for another ride and it was still handling funny and it was not in my head. I took it home and immediately looked at the axel nut. It had been a few days since he told me to check the axel nut so I checked it after my test ride. That axel nut was only being held on by the keeper. I could easily turn it by hand. I didn't have time to fix it and check out if that was the problem, but I cannot imagine that it wasn't.
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post Dec 30 2015, 11:43 AM
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glad you caught it before a major failure ...







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post Dec 30 2015, 01:11 PM
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The following sources of (rubber mount) Sportster rear tire slip in curves

1) Dunlop tires
2) lose axle or bad wheel bearing
3) Bad swingarm bearings
4) Worn motor mounts (causes engine to shift)
5) over tightened drive belt (causes intermittent seizing of rotation in a bump)

How many Miles on your sporty?

I solved mine with Metzler tires. I would secure your axle, try it and see if you need to go further.

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post Dec 30 2015, 03:12 PM
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My sporty has 20k. I need to go over that bike and make sure nothing else came loose. When I was putting it on my jack I noticed my front exhaust pipe was loose and I had lost the two flange bolts that hold it to the mounting bracket. I hope the problem is just the loose axel nut, but at least its a place to start.
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