Things that go bump in the road
I put new tires on my 2007 V-Star 650 Custom and have felt a bumpity-bump sensation most noticeable as I slow down under 50 mph. It's like going over a washboard—very rhythmic and possibly about 2 bumps per second. I returned the bike to the shop, and they balanced the front tire but that didn't help. I took it back again and they removed the front tire, found no flaws. They had a "pro" ride it and he said he didn't notice. I double-checked the tires to make sure they were the right ones. I opted for the same Bridgestone Exedras that were on the bike when I bought it. I put 10,000 smooth miles on those tires. The shop has offered suggestions like, there might be a flat spot. The pro thought the shocks were soft. No one seems to agree if it's the front tire or the rear tire. I do not notice anything at faster speeds and the mirrors don't seem to be vibrating more than usual. At slower speeds, I can actually see my windscreen go up and down. I have never experienced these bumps before, with new or old tires. Meanwhile how's that affect the wear of the tire? I think I'm going to have to get a new front tire, then maybe a new back tire. Any ideas?