1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble


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1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble

Postby jordanb1980 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:44 pm



I just got a 1976 GL1000 Goldwing (literally, just got it last night). I noticed a wobble in the front end at low speeds. I've had friends tell me it could be the steering bearings, loose forks, or just a low tire. Anyone have any ideas?



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Re: 1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:51 pm

Could be any of the above. Could also be wheel bearings, loose swingarm bearings or pivot pins, delaminated tire belt...the list goes on. It's really just a case of trial and error until you manage to nail the thing (or things) that are the cause.

Wheel bearings (check front AND rear) and swingarm are easy to check - hoist into the air and check for free play where there shouldn't be any.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble

Postby thrasherg » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:33 pm

As mentioned all the above causes can cause wobble. Often problems at the rear can lead to wobble at the front. My first step would be to check and set correct tyre pressures (front & rear), then put the bike on it's center stand and either have someone sit on the back or a jack under the motor to lift the front wheel of the ground and see if you can detect any movement in the steering head bearings. After that it's a process of checking/changing one thing at a time until the wobble goes away.. My experience has been bad tyre pressures or worn bearings are the major causes of wobble!!
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Re: 1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble

Postby jordanb1980 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:16 am

Speaking of tire pressures, I couldn't find front and rear pressures for the tires. It would be in the owners manual, I guess, or the service manual, but I have neither, nor can I afford them.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:35 pm

I don't know about the 76, but this is from the 75 owner's manual:

Cold Tire Pressure:

Driver Only
Front: 28 psi
Rear: 40 psi

Driver and one passenger
Front: 28 psi
Rear: 32 psi

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Re: 1976 GL1000 Low Speed Steering Wobble

Postby jordanb1980 » Tue May 04, 2010 12:58 pm

I checked the tire pressures (thank you WingAdmin for the info), that tightened it up some. I also put it on its center stand and checked the swing arm and rear tire for looseness. Everything seemed tight. I noticed the front fork assembly would fall to one side or the other fairly easily. I tried tightening the nut holding it to the frame, and that seemed to help a little. I think the next thing I will try is to get new steering bearings to see if that will help. They aren't super expensive from what I can see. One can only hope...




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