Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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Post by fireman54 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:42 am

My 1986 1200 shakes bad when I take both hands off the handle bars anybody know why?

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Re: shake

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:11 am

Do a quick "search" on the top of the page for 'low speed wobble'.
There's plenty of possibilities.Tire pressure is the easiest to eliminate.I run my front at 38 psi.Don't forget the rear tire too.

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Post by detdrbuzzard » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:02 pm

head bearings could be the problem also
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Post by wrightwing » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:10 pm

Also look for a post from WingAdmin. He talks about how your arms work as a damper, they keep the front end from jumping around. Once you read it, it should make sense to you, or not :roll: Bottom line, he say's, keep both hands on the wheel :o :shock: :? :( :lol:

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Re: shake

Post by seabee_ » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:55 am

It's always a good idea to keep both hands on the bars. You never know what can happen. I had the same issue when slowing down around 35 mph. It ended up being the tire, worn down near but not at the wear bar limits. As mentioned 1st, check air pressures front and rear. I run 40 and 42 when loaded up. Then check for bearing play front, back and steering stem. Also check swing arm for play. Also look for uneven tire wear or cupping. Out of balance tires can also cause it. Start with the simple things first. Post back what you find.

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