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Rivale Head shaking

Hi Guys,

Just bought a 2016 Rivale (4.500 km). In the short time I own the Rivale I can already say this is the most fun on 2 wheels I have experienced so far!

A point of critisism that I have are the head shakes (speed wobble, tankslapper, shaking steer) that I experience. Especially when accelerating on a bumby road, but also on straight roads the head starts shaking quite often.

I try to relax my arms as much as I can. Tyres and tyre pressure is ok (front 2,5 bars and rear 2,6 bars). As the bike has only 4.500 km on it the suspension should be ok (not sure about its adjustment).

Do you (Rivale drivers) experience the same?

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Your tire pressure should be 33 psi front and rear if the Rivale is like every other MV.

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I haven't really experienced significant head shake. I tend to ride pretty far forward on the seat. I've found that it turns in better when you load up the front end a bit.

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Kevin, what are your tyre pressures?

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I haven't really experienced significant head shake. I tend to ride pretty far forward on the seat. I've found that it turns in better when you load up the front end a bit.

Yes, you are doing the right thing. The chassis geometry is supermoto-esque, so you need to load the front and use body language accordingly during entry. @kappah Bad body mass positioning(even alone) along high tyre pressure will lead to head shakes.

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@kappah Try 2.3 bar front, 2.5 bar rear.


If you have the roads and you're able to put some heat in the tires, try 2.3-2.2 bar front and 2.1-2.0 bar rear.

Be careful if you do so, I can not take responsibility

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Kevin, what are your tyre pressures?
I pretty much run around 33 front and 33-34 back. Plus or minus 1 on each I don't detect much difference

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Kevin, what are your tyre pressures?
Wait, do they spell tire with a 'y' in Michigan?

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Thanks guys.

I will try to lower my ture pressure a bit, to 33 psi both.

On a Dutch forum someone advised me not to use Michelin tyres because they are known for worsen head shaking. Is this true ()? What type of tyre do you advise for a (very ) sporty driver?

And letting the suspension adjust by a pro might make a difference as well?

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Thanks guys.

I will try to lower my ture pressure a bit, to 33 psi both.

On a Dutch forum someone advised me not to use Michelin tyres because they are known for worsen head shaking. Is this trough? What type of tyre do you advise for a (very ) sporty driver?

And letting the suspension adjust by a pro might make a difference as well?

I don't know about Michelin worsening head shake, but you don't have any reason to use Michelin tires in general
Go with Bridgestone or Pirelli (maybe some Metzeler's).

For the Rivale I say go Bridgestone. The BT-016 PRO are doing wonders for supermoto's.

If you want something newer try the S22.


You can throw some Pirelli Supercorsa SP, but the profile of the tires for Rivale...they don't convince me on my hypermotard either.
Not a bad tyre by any means though.

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