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Need help to identify a problem with the front

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  1. ptfly

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    Hey guys, new here and just got my first Victory, 2016 XC, about the problem:

    When I ride it slowly I can feel a very tangible vertical movement like I'm riding on an uneven rоad with a light sequential bulges and recesses. No oiling on the forks, so I don't know from where to start. Should I first service the forks? Could it be a bearing or something?

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated since we don't have an official dealer here and I have to rely on 3rd party service, but they don't have much experience with Victory.
     
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    Any worn or bubbled spots on the tire?

    Warped brake rotors?

    You have a jack to check for movement in the front wheel?

    How many miles are on it?
     
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    10k miles, tires brand new. Rotors not checked, makes sense, will introduce drag on certain angles but I don't believe it could cause such a severe movement. If so, the disks will overheat quickly I suppose?
     
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    Sometimes the belt tension seems to be sounding from the front but it is transferred noise. Happened on my KP. Drove me nuts until I found the tension was off and set it to spec with a tension tool. Felt like tracked goofy and made that damn whining noise. Once I set it it went away and never came back.

    I could literally see the axle on each side not being even and the belt was not aligned on the pulley evenly. It was way too tight.

    What p!ssed me off was it went in for tire replacement service and the dealer adjusted it and that is when it started. They refused to accept it was anything they did. They blamed the tire. After I set it I wore that tire for 9K miles without noise or tracking issues.
     
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    There is no noise/sound at all, just a feeling you are riding on very light and evenly spaced speed bumps.
     
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    You original owner? Maybe some one got the rear to lock up and you have a flat spot on the rear.
     
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    I'm not, tires are brand new Dunlops I bought a week after bought the bike. The problem is in the front for sure.
     
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    This is a guess since new tires, are they balanced properly? I felt the same sensation when I botched a balance job first time I changed my own tires.
     
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    Hope so :/
     
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    The prior to buying the new Dunlop’s. How was the ride ? Same ? Then you have an issue for sure.
    Did this happen after the new tires ? Then it’s the tire / tires. Make sure to check the tire pressure. ( I’m sure you did) when I got my bike back once after new tires the rear was inflated to 63psi. I noticed it immediately. Pulled over and corrected the pressure then the phone call. Same with belt as mentioned. Too tight and mid alignment causing noticeable issues. Seem you just can get good help anymore. So I do it my self.
     
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    As is mentioned, seemed the obvious is the front tire.
    What make of tire did you put on?
    Were some sort of balance beads added ?
    Is it possible too much beads added ?
    Was the wheel put back on correctly?
    I would first get front end up in the air and check for any side play , also grab hold of front wheel and make sure there's no movement in the front end. Did you put the wheel on yourself?
    Air pressure correct?
    Rotors put back on torqued after tire was installed?
    Scope out that front end.
     
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    I had mounted an Avon front. Same type of vertical bounce just after. The balance was waaaaaay off.
     
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    Yep happened to me twice. Once the rear Elite3 / bad tire. Once the front Avon / ride on balance slime crap.
     
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    Check to make sure the tire is completely seated?

    Jack the front wheel up and spin it looking for tire run out or a bent wheel.
     
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    I'll check, thanks guys.
     

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