How to Handle and Avoid Wobbling on a Motorcycle

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Wobbling occurs when the front wheel and handlebars suddenly start shaking from side to side. This malfunction can occur at any speed. If your bike starts to wobble, remember the following instructions. Instructions

  1. Don't try to accelerate out of a wobble, it will only make the cycle more unstable. Instead, firmly grip the handlebars; don't attempt to fight the wobble.
  2. Gradually close the throttle to slow the motorcycle. Don't use your brakes; braking could make the wobble worse.
  3. Adjust your weight as far forward and as low as possible.
  4. Pull off the road as soon as it's safely possible, and try to correct the problem.

Tips & Warnings[edit]

  • Most wobbles result from improper loading, unsuitable accessories, or incorrect tire pressure. After you've pulled off the road, search for a wheel that's bent or out of alignment, poorly adjusted steering, a windshield or fairing that's improperly mounted or not designed for the motorcycle, loose wheel bearings or loose spokes.
  • Carry a cellular phone in case you can't get your bike to function properly.
  • Motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.

Tank slappers - A tank slapper is when the handlebars vibrate violently. It is possible, but not recommended, to accelerate through one. It is far safer to dab the back brake lightly and scrub off some speed. The extra load on the front will calm the bike as well.