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2016 RT Ltd Unusual Shake

I was 30 miles into a ride when suddenly the bike started shaking and I began losing speed. Was doing 65 mph. Downshifted thru the gears and and tried to accelerate but couldn't. Finally at 5-10 mph in 1st gear, it lunged forward into normal operational mode. I have ridden 400 miles since then without an issue. I'm thinking a front brake locked up. Anyone have any thoughts to this. (it did not throw a code) Bike has 22k miles

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I hope you find the problem......but I seriously doubt that it was a stuck brake.

First, unless you were applying the brakes at the time, there really is no reason for one to operate on it's own.
Second, a brake dragging THAT much likely would start to overheat and smell rather quickly.

My wild guess would be contaminated gas and suggest some fuel system cleaner in the tank.
Second guess would be loose main battery cables.

Any chance that you accidentally bumped the kill switch ??

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I hope you find the problem......but I seriously doubt that it was a stuck brake.

First, unless you were applying the brakes at the time, there really is no reason for one to operate on it's own.
Second, a brake dragging THAT much likely would start to overheat and smell rather quickly.

My wild guess would be contaminated gas and suggest some fuel system cleaner in the tank.
Second guess would be loose main battery cables.

Any chance that you accidentally bumped the kill switch ??
Thxx, but no, I didn't hit kill switch: this took all of 20-30 seconds; the front end shook violently; and I think if it was bad gas it would have continued as I drove on. There was the smell of a hot pad. I appreciate the thoughts tho!

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There was the smell of a hot pad.
It does help to have ALL of the information.

I suggest that you need to have the front brakes inspected because if it happens again it could be MUCH worse. At 4 years old, you are due for a brake service anyway, if you haven't done that before.

Of course, it would have narrowed it down a LOT if you had stopped and determined WHICH rotor was getting hot.

I have not heard of anyone else reporting something like that.

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