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    Default 2001 Nomad 1500

    I have a 2001 Nomad. At about 30MPH if you let your hands off the handle bars the front end shakes bad. You can not seem to feel it until you let off the handle bars. What could be the cause of this.
    Thanks, Jay Pratt

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    I have a 2001 Nomad. At about 30MPH if you let your hands off the handle bars the front end shakes bad. You can not seem to feel it until you let off the handle bars. What could be the cause of this.
    Thanks, Jay Pratt
    Gettings, jpratt and welcome to the forum!

    Sounds like you might have what is commonly known as a wobble. The following is from the Motorcycle Operator's Manual from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:

    Wobble
    A “wobble” occurs when the front wheel and handlebars suddenly start to shake from side to side at any speed. Most wobbles can be traced to improper loading, unsuitable accessories or incorrect tire pressure. If you are carrying a heavy load, lighten it. If you can’t, shift it. Center the weight lower and farther forward on the motorcycle. Make sure tire pressure, spring preload, air shocks and dampers are at the settings recommended for that much weight. Make sure windshields and fairings are mounted properly. Check for poorly adjusted steering; worn steering parts; a front wheel that is bent, misaligned, or out of balance; loose wheel bearings or spokes; and worn swingarm bearings. If none of these is determined to be the cause, have the motorcycle checked out thoroughly by a qualified professional.
    Trying to “accelerate out of a wobble” will only make the motorcycle more unstable. Instead:
    • Grip the handlebars firmly,but don’t fight the wobble.
    • Close the throttle gradually to slow down. Do not apply the brakes; braking could make the wobble worse.
    • Move your weight as far forward and down as possible.
    • Pull off the road as soon as you can to fix the problem.
    Your wobble sounds more mild than what they describe, but it could be tire inflation/condition, suspension components out of alignment/adjustment, and many other things. If it continues to get worse, it could cause you to lose control.
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