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Hello everyone I am Scott from jackson, NJ. I just picked up a 2011 KTM 530 EXC. Love it already and hope to spend a long time with it. On my way home from the dealer I Had snake eyes front wheel wobble that got a little scary a few times. I have riden many different bikes both on and off road and never had this happen. This is my first dual purpose bike. Is this normal/ has this happened to anyone? I guess I am gonna start with getting the wheel balanced. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks
 

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The more power you're laying down the more front end lift and the more skittish she'll be at speed. I would start off with checking your sag and making some suspension adjustments.
 

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Thanks - The wobble is generally bad under deacceleration from 70mph to 60mph- but also wobbles while at crusing speed. It is least noticeable while accelerating.
 

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Thanks - The wobble is generally bad under deacceleration from 70mph to 60mph- but also wobbles while at crusing speed. It is least noticeable while accelerating.
My 530 is solid up through 90 mph, but then feels a little less stable over 90.
 

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Hi Scott,when I bought my 04 525 new it too had this problem,it would wobble at 80kph while riding down my street[the postmans honda ct110 handled better] and in the dirt at times it would violently shake its head almost to the point of throwing me over the bars it was that bad,my mates would ride it and say "great engine but crap handling".
Also when riding slowly over rocks in first gear I could actually hear the front knobby making chirping sounds on the rocks,so in other words the forks were not initially compressing.
I would often crash while going slow due to the harshness of the forks as the front end would often suddenly wash out from under me.
The front always felt light and not planted firmly.
I did a Cape York ride and the Tour Guide rode it,made many adjustments to the rebound and dampening,rode it again and handed it back to me shaking his head and told me to contact a suspension specialist.
After reading dirt bike mag reviews with similar reports I realized I had bought a bike that was renowned for its evil handling and it was not just mine.
I even had the Dealer ask me If I had fixed mine as he had another guy purchase one and was complaining about the handling.
It took money and time but here is how I fixed it.
Australian suspension guru Terry Hay sold me a set of BRP 17 mm offset triple clamps and also a different pin that fits inside the rear shock[later adopted by KTM on following models]and I could then ride down the street without it wobbling but the problems still persisted in the dirt although not as bad.
I then fitted lighter rate Eibach fork springs to suit my weight and Gold Valves as well, this also improved it also but it was still not fully fixed.
I then fitted a Scotts steering damper which helped tame the wobbling but it still was not right as it still would wash out from under me.
I then had a local suspension guy target the initial part of the stroke in the forks to make it softer and it is now fixed.
So I guess it was down to geomentary and the forks being too stiff.
And to any 04 owners who say their bike is fine than your lucky,I was not.
I hope all this helps, Baz.
 

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Double check the rear wheel alignment. A friend had similar problems with his CRF450R and found that to be the problem.
 

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Hello everyone I am Scott from jackson, NJ. I just picked up a 2011 KTM 530 EXC. Love it already and hope to spend a long time with it. On my way home from the dealer I Had snake eyes front wheel wobble that got a little scary a few times. I have riden many different bikes both on and off road and never had this happen. This is my first dual purpose bike. Is this normal/ has this happened to anyone? I guess I am gonna start with getting the wheel balanced. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks
How heavy are you? If you're running on the stock suspension and weigh more than about 200-lb ride weight, the front end on virtually every stock bike, KTM or otherwise I'd ever ridden can be shaky ..... thats why Honda started putting stabilizers on from the factory even, but thats Honda, Not KTM .... the KTMs generally are a lot better in that respect ;)

But, I would first start by checking to make sure your pre-load, compression and rebound settings are the same on BOTH fork legs. I've seen them come way off straight off the show room floor .... If its really that bad, I would also check the fork oil height, or take it back to the dealer you just got it from and have them do it as you should have at least a 6mo warranty on it.

Outside of that, I do have a scott's stabilizer on my bike, but I typically run it at almost totally turned off.

Hope this helps.

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Sorry I thought you were talking about head shake ..

Regarding the wobble at high speeds, its the tires. They aren't balanced. The rubber expands and contracts and all kinds of things when on pavement. The dynabeads help, but the best thing to do is strip your rim down to the frame and manually balance it. Helps bigtime.
 

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Hello everyone I am Scott from jackson, NJ. I just picked up a 2011 KTM 530 EXC. Love it already and hope to spend a long time with it. On my way home from the dealer I Had snake eyes front wheel wobble that got a little scary a few times. I have riden many different bikes both on and off road and never had this happen. This is my first dual purpose bike. Is this normal/ has this happened to anyone? I guess I am gonna start with getting the wheel balanced. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks
If you are getting severe head shake on a smooth road at any speed then there is something obviously wrong with either the chassis fundamentals or the set up. It should be pretty obvious to an experienced rider or mechanic and a simple once over.

But remember part of the handling equation is the rider. How you sit, where you sit, how you use the controls, how tightly you hold the controls etc etc etc all will influence the bike's handling to the point of inducing or concealing flaws. Remember Casey Stoner jumping on the Ducati and riding the wheels off it while Capparossi was off to the sports psychologist. Ditto Rossi and Burgess with 'we'll have this sort in a fortnight'.
 

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Hello everyone I am Scott from jackson, NJ. I just picked up a 2011 KTM 530 EXC. Love it already and hope to spend a long time with it. On my way home from the dealer I Had snake eyes front wheel wobble that got a little scary a few times. I have riden many different bikes both on and off road and never had this happen. This is my first dual purpose bike. Is this normal/ has this happened to anyone? I guess I am gonna start with getting the wheel balanced. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks
Adjust your suspension.
 
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