'78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side


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GumbyDamit
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'78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby GumbyDamit » Mon May 12, 2014 4:31 pm



I notice that my '78 Goldwing pulls a little to one side at road speed (I have to push constantly a little on the right handlebar or pull a little on the left to keep it straight). I bought it recently from my dad and he had new tires put on it by a buddy (don't think it was done in a shop). What could be causing it to pull to one side?
Other than that it runs pretty well (well I did break the clutch cable, but was able to limp home and replace it).
Thanks



SnoBrdr
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Re: '78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon May 12, 2014 6:00 pm

GumbyDamit wrote:I notice that my '78 Goldwing pulls a little to one side at road speed (I have to push constantly a little on the right handlebar or pull a little on the left to keep it straight). I bought it recently from my dad and he had new tires put on it by a buddy (don't think it was done in a shop). What could be causing it to pull to one side?
Other than that it runs pretty well (well I did break the clutch cable, but was able to limp home and replace it).
Thanks


Could be:

a. tires
b. brakes hanging up
fork bent

and a few other things.

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Re: '78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 12, 2014 6:24 pm

I agree with the previous post,Mine was "tweaked" .The handle bars were dead straight and the front wheel pointed to the right just a touch.Found this by using string between the front and rear wheel.
By the way,could you post how you were able to limp home with a broken clutch cable in my other post..."did your wing ever leave you near stranded"
I'm interested in emergency fixes.

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Re: '78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon May 12, 2014 6:30 pm

virgilmobile wrote:I agree with the previous post,Mine was "tweaked" .The handle bars were dead straight and the front wheel pointed to the right just a touch.Found this by using string between the front and rear wheel.
By the way,could you post how you were able to limp home with a broken clutch cable in my other post..."did your wing ever leave you near stranded"
I'm interested in emergency fixes.


Is that a "sticky" ?

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Re: '78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby Placerville » Mon May 12, 2014 7:34 pm

Agree with SnoBrdr and, start with the basics.

Check your tire pressure. You'd be surprised how many folks run down a rabbit trail trying find something more 'heady' when it's only something small. Once that's addressed and you still have the issue, I think the 'dragging pad' theory is a good one. Jack up the front, spin the tire and see if it rotates freely. If it does, spin it again, hit the front brake, then spin it again. If your feel resistance, then one of the pads is hanging up and you've probably found the problem. I'd save the 'something bent' theory for later.
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Re: '78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 13, 2014 8:25 am

SnoBrdr wrote:
virgilmobile wrote:I agree with the previous post,Mine was "tweaked" .The handle bars were dead straight and the front wheel pointed to the right just a touch.Found this by using string between the front and rear wheel.
By the way,could you post how you were able to limp home with a broken clutch cable in my other post..."did your wing ever leave you near stranded"
I'm interested in emergency fixes.


Is that a "sticky" ?


It's right here: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

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Re: '78 GL 1000 pulls a little to one side

Postby spookytooth » Tue May 13, 2014 7:24 pm

A broken clutch cable is more of a nuisance than anything. It shouldn't leave anyone stranded...




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