slow speed wobble


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slow speed wobble

Postby stagehead » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:56 pm



I have a wobble when driving under 45 mph and take my hands off the bars. It is a 97 aspencade. The tires look good, there are 36,000 miles on it. Not sure if any work have been done on it as I just got it. Any suggestions what to look for first.



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Re: slow speed wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:18 pm

stagehead wrote:I have a wobble when driving under 45 mph and take my hands off the bars. It is a 97 aspencade. The tires look good, there are 36,000 miles on it. Not sure if any work have been done on it as I just got it. Any suggestions what to look for first.


Look for a way to keep your hands on the handlebars.

Honestly, this is an extremely common behavior amongst these big, heavy bikes, although the speed at which it manifests itself differs - mine shows up at around 35 mph. You can spend many hours and dollars chasing it down, trying different tires, different tire pressures, new bearings, on and on, and it will never go away.

A sure-fire way of fixing it (apart from keeping your hands on the handlebars) would be to add a steering damper, however aftermarket steering dampers are expensive and would have to be adapted to fit the Goldwing (most are made for sport/racing bikes).

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Re: slow speed wobble

Postby stagehead » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:28 pm

I have had 5 goldwings over the past 30 years and this is the first time this happened to me. Maybe it was the first time I took my hands off the bars. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: slow speed wobble

Postby AZgl1800 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:25 pm

I had a '94SE and it would do that, but a very light hand on one handlebar would stop it.

I had a 98SE and it did not exhibit that effect at all.

some do, some don't.... not worth the expense to get rid of it.
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Re: slow speed wobble

Postby myBrokenWing » Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:56 pm

Have your bearings checked in the steering stem?
Get the front wheel off the ground, move handle bars back and forth,
they should move freely, if you feel a bump you need to replace the bearings.
Good luck?

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Re: slow speed wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:10 pm

I just put a Blackwing Fork Brace on my GL1500 (replaced the Superbrace) and while this wobble is not gone, it's reduced the tendency tremendously. If you don't have a fork brace, you might want to look into it.

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Re: slow speed wobble

Postby joeincalif » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:25 am

This a common problem with the 1800 Gold Wing not so much with the 1500 wing but some do have it. The 1500 had tapered head bearings and the 1800 had ball type.
http://www.goldwingonline.com/products/ ... 400-0.html
Steering stem bearings can be a cause, on the 1800 most are replacing them with All Ball and it is taking care of it. You might want to check the stem bearings fir proper torque. Also a few little things to check is tire pressure and see if your tires are balanced properly and wearing evenly with no cupping.


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