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    What will take the wobble out?

    I have a 2020 BMW K1600 B Grand America, this is the most unstable bike that have ever ridden my ~35 years of riding. I only have about 2700 miles on it (mostly due to that wobble) but I am due for an annual service. What is proven that can be done to make this bike more stable? I have bumped the air pressure, changed the windshield and often use the one plus lugggage setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redling View Post
    I have a 2020 BMW K1600 B Grand America, this is the most unstable bike that have ever ridden my ~35 years of riding. I only have about 2700 miles on it (mostly due to that wobble) but I am due for an annual service. What is proven that can be done to make this bike more stable? I have bumped the air pressure, changed the windshield and often use the one plus lugggage setting.
    I can't help you as I have a GT. There is a lot of discussion on this topic over at the K1600 Forums!

    https://www.k1600forum.com/

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    It should be under warranty.
    What does your dealer say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 61996 View Post
    It should be under warranty.
    What does your dealer say?
    They say that it is any another big bike that it will be sensative to wind, vehicles, etc. I say, BS my Harley doesn’t float around.

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    I'd get the BMW Regional rep involved if you feel that strongly.
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    https://www.k1600forum.com/threads/t...s-real.198453/

    Some discussion on the K1600 Forum.

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    Design issue. Nothing will take the wobble out short of trading it in on a Harley or a Gold Wing. BMW will do nothing. Placing a 100 mph limiter on the bike was their answer.
    Last edited by motormike; 11-19-2021 at 09:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redling View Post
    I have a 2020 BMW K1600 B Grand America, this is the most unstable bike that have ever ridden my ~35 years of riding. I only have about 2700 miles on it (mostly due to that wobble) but I am due for an annual service. What is proven that can be done to make this bike more stable? I have bumped the air pressure, changed the windshield and often use the one plus lugggage setting.
    What helped me.. reduce tire pressure a few PSI. It's pretty much gone. It's not and never was a 'wobble', more of a riding on water feeling at times. Coming off a HD street glide myself, you can't compare the two. They are both different machines. It's like comparing a F-16 fighter to a C-5 airplane. They both have different characteristics. If you want that solid tank feeling, and a BMW, look at the R-18 TC.
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    Sounds like you bought the wrong bike. May consider going back to a Harley.
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    Harleys are a lot more stable in a straight line, that much is certain. Of course, they are no match in the corners. Still, for what is supposed to be a "sport-Touring" bike, I think BMW went too far to keep the steering light. Plenty of full-on sport bikes handle the curves and are dead-stable in a straight line at speeds the K1600b and GA can only dream of.

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    I would only add that if your dealership won’t offer you a reasonable explanation, Demand that the Owner or Service Manager take it out on the highway under the conditions you complain about.

    I have a K16GT and have no handling complaints, I’ve had it up to the Century mark towing my TimeOut camper. I tend to travel a little slower when the 18-wheelers aren’t aggravating me for ‘flying in formation’ along the superslab...

    Your particular model is supposed to be The Motorrad Touring Flagship. It sounds to moi like something is Not Right. If the dealer won’t help and the BMW NA Regional Rep is no help, get an independent shop or one of your fellow biker dudes to look at it. It might be something as simple as a poorly balanced front wheel or a crappy OEM front tire. Is there any noticeable funky tire wear?

    Good Luck on finding a suitable solution.
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    It's aerodynamic. Nothing short of completely redesigning the rear end of the bike will fix it. If it was anything else, it would show up all the time, not just in dirty air on the interstate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnert View Post
    Sounds like you bought the wrong bike. May consider going back to a Harley.
    +1 What he ^ said ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 61996 View Post
    +1 What he ^ said ...
    Or a BMW designed not to wobble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Or a BMW designed not to wobble.
    GS, RT, RS, etc. etc. Lots of choices. Pity about the B and GA. I own a B, the weave in dirty air is the bike's only flaw...but it's a damn big one!

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