light feeling front end


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light feeling front end

Postby noelcassidy » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:41 am



I am sort of new to the wing thing. I bought a 1983 standard wing and restored it to riding condition. I noticed that there is a 3 pound weight attached to the forks, behind the fairing headlight. My question is, do these bikes feel light in the front end when riding? I notice that every little bump in the road is noticed and the front end feels light. Just wondering if it is just the way the old wings are.
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Re: light feeling front end

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:43 pm

I love the orange color!

Don't remove that weight! It's used to prevent a deadly speed wobble! Non-faired Goldwings have a big bucket headlight hanging off the front of the forks, which helps dampen steering oscillations. Because Goldwings with fairings don't have that headlight there, they put a large cast iron weight there instead.

As for the front end feeling light - I can't say I would describe it that way, but there is a lot of mass in the bike when it's moving, so the suspension has a lot of work absorbing bumps and impacts.

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Re: light feeling front end

Postby noelcassidy » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:14 am

I installed progressive springs in the front end and was told i did not need to air the forks up. Well the other day I aired the forks up and it seems to be a bit better feeling now. It felt sort of slushy before, now it is a bit stiffer and the forks seem to work better. I was not intending to remove the weight as I am sure it was put there for a reason, high speed wobble makes sense. It is a cool oldwing, the color? well it stands out.

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Re: light feeling front end

Postby MSGT-R » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:03 am

I like the color! I did mine in Imperial Jade Green (Honda Civic), don't let anyone dissuade you from doing something different. ;)

Another thing to look at is how the bike sits. If you have "butt-sag", you will get low speed wobble. The bike must ride level for the best control in the corners. I've seen a lot of old wings riding this way. Also, make sure the steering head bearing is adjusted correctly. Play in this area will also give some strange inputs (loose feeling).


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