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Hi, new Shadow owner here. For that matter, new rider too. Bought a Virago 250 last year to learn on, then traded up to the 750 ACE in January. :D

I have a couple of questions about the bike. I approached the dealers mechanics on these issues and just want to get another opinion on their responses.

First issue is noise from the front brake under braking. I hear what I describe as a buzzing noise whenever I apply the front brake. The harder I apply the brake and the faster I’m moving when I apply it, the louder the noise is. It fades as speed/brake pressure is reduced. Braking feels smooth and there are no score marks on the disc. The mechanic claims this is normal noise of the brake shoe on the drilled disc. Is he right?

Second issue, the handlebars. After riding a few times I noticed that the handlebars were slightly askew in relation to the top of the triple tree(?). Upon further investigation I determined that the left riser seemed to be mounted crooked. I expected to have to unbolt things and realign them. The mechanic just did the old bicycle handlebar trick of wedging the front tire against an immovable object and forcibly straightening the bars. Seemed to work and after a couple hundred miles things are still straight. Mechanic said this was not uncommon with the riser being mounted with a rubber bushing. Is this an acceptable fix? :?

Last issue, handling. I find steering to be fairly heavy at low speeds and that the bike tends to be rather squirrelly when running along any kind of longitudinal seam, crack or pavement irregularity. It’s nothing compared to when I first picked up the bike. The ride home almost scared me enough to park it permanently. Turns out that the problem was tire pressure. The front was at 13 psig, the rear 22 psig. :evil: I gave the dealer a royal blast on that score. They were all over themselves with apologies and promised me free service. Since putting the correct pressure in the tires handling has improved immensely, but I still have that sqirrelly sensation on seams and cracks. Any ideas? Will different tires help?

In light of my initial experience with the dealer, who supposedly had the bike prepped for me, I would appreciate second opinions. Oh, sorry about the length of this ramble…
 

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Wow, quick responses, thanx to all who took the time, much appreciated.

The bike is an 2003 and a beautiful deep metalic red. I'll post a pic once I have a nice one.

All your responses match what the mechanic told me. Guess they're not totally useless (the mechanic). Oh, the tires are Dunlops and still have some miles in them. Guess I'll have to live with them for a while.

Babs
 
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