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Old 16th May 2010, 13:52   #1
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Default TBTS: need help to fix a slip-sliding feeling

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Today, when I was on a ride I noticed that my 2009 TBTS was not responding properly during direction changes. The rear-wheel seemed to to be slipping/sliding a little bit every time. I though I had a flat tire, and stopped to check. There was no flat, but I noticed that the entire rear-wheel assembly had developed some side-ways 'play', i.e., it moved side-ways by about 5 mm when pushed.

I tightened all the nuts in sight that seemed relevant, but no change. Does anyone know what may be the cause? It seems unsafe to ride at high speeds with this problem.
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Old 16th May 2010, 14:22   #2
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What about a wheel alignment then. I think that should solve the issue and how much tyre pressure you keep in both tyres.
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Probably your swing-arm bushes are gone. Get them replaced, hardly takes 20min to change them.
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Akas, Randhawa, thanks for the quick responses. I'll take it to the RE service centre and get it fixed.

I had the standard 22(F)/32(R) tire pressure, as I always have. I don't think that is the problem.
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Na man, the pressure you are keeping is just fine.
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Old 26th May 2010, 11:04   #6
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Even though its not yet time for the swing arm bushes to give away, do check it.
I suspect the wheel bearings.
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Also check the spokes. Are they tight enough and is there any bend in the rim.
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Was there a pillion rider?
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your wheel bearings are busted.
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Also check if the tire is sitting correctly in the rim.
There will be a line on the tire less than a cm from the rim. The distance between the rim and this line must be a constant.

Also there will be tire alignment thing on both sides.
It will have these tiny notches. The number of notches on both sides must be equal.

Both these checks can be done without any dismantling.
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jeeva, bblost, alpha1, howler,

Thanks! that gives me a lot of options to suggest. I was away the past week and didn't take it yet to the mechanic. I will, in a day or two.
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your wheel bearings are busted.
from the symptoms this seems more likely. I have had this in my bicycle years ago and can totally relate to that.
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Does the whole swingarm along with tyre moves sideways or just the tyre? If the whole thing moves then the bushes and if not then probably the bearings.
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Hi Rollin' Thunda. Did you get the bike checked? What seems to be the problem?
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Did you get the bike checked? What seems to be the problem?
Relax man, he just posted yesterday night that he will get it checked in a day or two. Check the time of reply.
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