Sid, have followed your sidecar ownership while searching for info. Take my hat off to you for having a go, especially seeing what your bike was reduced to when replacing the petrol tank. I've been restoring old British bikes for a long time, but would hsitate to strip a Goldwing the way you did.
While you had it stripped to bare bones, did any of the pics you took show your sidecar attachment points? I'm especially concerned about the front points. Of most concern is stripping all the covers away without causing damage. It would be nice to have an idea what I'm going to attach to first. Though my 1500 is close to 20 years old, it has done just 10,000 kilometers, and is in showroom condition. Hence my nervousness.
I've had chairs for a lot of years, and enjoy using them. Currently own 3 bikes with them attached - 1914 Regnis V twin, 1923 Matchless 1000cc V twin Jap, and my wonderful old 86 1200 GW. The 1200 has been around the world a couple of times and plagued with electrical problems I've been unable to solve. It has a Californian "Escort" sidecar which I am removing today and taking to the painters for repaint to match the 1500. Old Faithful 86 model will now be parts bike for my pride and joy, 1985 1200 sei, which is painted up as a tribute to Roy Rodgers. Pics on www.kroll.id.au
if you want a look.
Sid, doesn't matter if you use Earles forks, or change the triple tree, you'll still have a wobble at slow speeds, and the only way to totally remove it is with a steering damper. I have the leading link forks on the bike I'm retiring, and they are great. I can steer with one finger, so light is the steering, however it's only with the damper that the wobble totally disappeared. Only downside of these forks, is they are so ugly! I won't be fitting them to the 1500. However I will fit a damper somehow, and don't expect a wobble to be a problem.
Sometimes, steering wobble is made worse by the rider trying to fight it. I have found the best way over the years is to hold the bars firm enough to prevent it becoming a tank slapper, but loose enough to allow it to do it's own thing. Holding it tightly to try to prevent it sometimes just makes it worse.
Sure would appreciate any pics you can supply that may show your hook-up points. And happy to do likewise with the damper fitting after I get the chair fitted and work out how to attach it.