160kmh floating handling problem

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160kmh floating handling problem

Post by yt99 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:12 pm

I need some bros help. When i ride my smt 990 above 160kmh the handling feel like floating. What can i do to solve this problem. I am new rider for smt 990.

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by pasen » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:31 pm

Check tire pressure and setup suspension right is a good start :)
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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by yt99 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:34 pm

How to setting the suspension? What height recommended?

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by ogden » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:40 pm

Sounds pretty normal to me. It's not a high speed bike, anything over 100mph is fairly unpleasant.

Your options are:

a) Put your weight as far forward as you can, and hope for the best
b) Get off the motorway and find some smaller, slower roads to play on
c) Trade it in for a Hayabusa.
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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by alien » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:44 pm

Mine was the same. Had suspension professionally set up, problem solved :D
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Post by nick280 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:55 pm

Mine seems fine, I'm 14 stone and the bike is set to factory touring settings and it handles perfectly for UK shite roads.
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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by kevxtx » Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:07 am

Set suspension to sport mode, run your tyre pressures slight harder.

How many kms on the speedo as we usually need steering head bearing around the 15000kms mark. What tyres are you running & what are the tread depth front & rear tyres?

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by yt99 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:38 am

alien wrote:Mine was the same. Had suspension professionally set up, problem solved :D
Bro.. what the suspension professional done to your bike suspension? In Malaysia i can't find a pro on ktm bike. Can u guide me adjust the suspension?

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by kevxtx » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:23 am

Owners hand book set as instructed to sport settings. Any answers to my other questions?

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by tmjp09 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:38 am

kevxtx's advice works for me.

no probs at those speeds...track days only of course ;-)
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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by nostoa » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:48 pm

Mine was perfect up to 140mph on original tyres. When I changed tyres to michelin pilot road 3 the steering has been awful on everything over 100mph. The tyres might be good on wet but for everything else I hate them. The dealer said that there was (suddenly) a problem with my steering and that it was not adjust properly and he fixed it. It did not really changed anything. I have not had an accident and I am not really sure if it is the tyres or the steering. But, as a previous guy said, I am close on 14000Km so maybe bearings, who knows. It is disappointing though because the bike was excellent for at least 7000miles.

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by cavlovic » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:44 pm

nostoa wrote:Mine was perfect up to 140mph on original tyres. When I changed tyres to michelin pilot road 3 the steering has been awful on everything over 100mph. The tyres might be good on wet but for everything else I hate them. The dealer said that there was (suddenly) a problem with my steering and that it was not adjust properly and he fixed it. It did not really changed anything. I have not had an accident and I am not really sure if it is the tyres or the steering. But, as a previous guy said, I am close on 14000Km so maybe bearings, who knows. It is disappointing though because the bike was excellent for at least 7000miles.
I went through stock, pirelli angel st and pilot road 3 on my SM-T, and I can assure you that tires are not the problem. Did you have your wheels balanced after changing tires? That is most common problem with steering at higher speeds. I rode my SM-T well over 120mph on all of my tires, and steering was perfectly steady - problem was the wind :)
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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by nostoa » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:58 pm

cavlovic wrote:
nostoa wrote:Mine was perfect up to 140mph on original tyres. When I changed tyres to michelin pilot road 3 the steering has been awful on everything over 100mph. The tyres might be good on wet but for everything else I hate them. The dealer said that there was (suddenly) a problem with my steering and that it was not adjust properly and he fixed it. It did not really changed anything. I have not had an accident and I am not really sure if it is the tyres or the steering. But, as a previous guy said, I am close on 14000Km so maybe bearings, who knows. It is disappointing though because the bike was excellent for at least 7000miles.
I went through stock, pirelli angel st and pilot road 3 on my SM-T, and I can assure you that tires are not the problem. Did you have your wheels balanced after changing tires? That is most common problem with steering at higher speeds. I rode my SM-T well over 120mph on all of my tires, and steering was perfectly steady - problem was the wind :)


Out of curiosity, which tyre did you find best?

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Re: 160kmh floating handling problem

Post by cavlovic » Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:10 pm

nostoa wrote:
cavlovic wrote:
nostoa wrote:Mine was perfect up to 140mph on original tyres. When I changed tyres to michelin pilot road 3 the steering has been awful on everything over 100mph. The tyres might be good on wet but for everything else I hate them. The dealer said that there was (suddenly) a problem with my steering and that it was not adjust properly and he fixed it. It did not really changed anything. I have not had an accident and I am not really sure if it is the tyres or the steering. But, as a previous guy said, I am close on 14000Km so maybe bearings, who knows. It is disappointing though because the bike was excellent for at least 7000miles.
I went through stock, pirelli angel st and pilot road 3 on my SM-T, and I can assure you that tires are not the problem. Did you have your wheels balanced after changing tires? That is most common problem with steering at higher speeds. I rode my SM-T well over 120mph on all of my tires, and steering was perfectly steady - problem was the wind :)


Out of curiosity, which tyre did you find best?
Well... I was very satisfied with pirelli angel st (went through quite a few sets of them on different bikes) but I think that michelin pilot road 3 is slightly better tire. I need to go through the set so I can give final judgement, but so far they seem to be a bit better than the angel ST. Stock tires are just rubish IMO. I do have heavy right hand, but 3.000 kms that stock tires lasted is just too little, and do not inspire confidence of a soft/race tire.
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