1990 Front-Wheel Wobble


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charltonrd
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1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby charltonrd » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:12 pm



Hello from Victoria, Canada everyone! Last year I purchased my first Wing, my other bikes are smaller, and I've been reading about the "Death Wobble" issue and I was unaware of the problem until I took both hands off the handlebars and experienced it first hand. I've double checked all the other possible reasons (i.e.,bad tire, shocks, alignment, etc.) and the suggested fix is the tapered roller bearings. Has anyone had success with the bearing retrofit? Otherwise, I'm very happy with this comfortable touring style of riding, it sure beats my KLR650 all to hell. I toured the Okanagan/Kootenay area of B.C. last summer, ended up at Toad Rock motorcycle campground north of Nelson and almost couldn't leave, that place rocks. See you there next summer!



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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:23 pm

Well the obvious solution is to keep your hands on the handlebars. :)

Have you had a look through this thread? Front-end wobble - Notice to Goldwing newbies

zigzag1958
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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby zigzag1958 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:39 am

I was told to tighten the triple tree bearings by 2 or 3 ft. lb of torque,(not sure what it's called up there) I have a Hanagan side car and has a lot of wobble at slow speeds and that helped with that problem, But don't go to far with the tightening

charltonrd
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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby charltonrd » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:55 pm

Thank you zigzag, that issue completely slipped my mind. Of course there would be wobble if there was slack in the bearings! I must check the torque, new shocks were put on by the previous owner so I assumed it was torqued correctly. Lesson no.1, never assume anything!

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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby zigzag1958 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:11 pm

Yes never assume anything, I bought my GL 1500 back 10 years after I sold it and the lady told me they had changed the timing belts and after doing a little research I found out the they were not changed, I am going to do that here in a few weeks.

spitfire
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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby spitfire » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:23 pm

have you looked into a superbrace?
http://www.superbrace.com/proddetail.asp?prod=2315
added one to my 1500 took care of the wobble. A worn tire will also cause wobble

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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby CrystalPistol » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:09 pm

And all except the 1800s already have tapered roller bearing stem bearings. Only the 1800s came with ball bearings for steering stem bearings.

Badly worn tire can cause the symptom as can an imbalance as can worn out / collapsed front for springs that let the front settle too far (lower front reduces trail by standing the front forks more upright) .... and loose misadjusted stem bearings can cause it.

Why are people riding 900 pound motorcycles with no hands anyway? :roll:
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Re: 1990 Front-Wheel Wobble

Postby charltonrd » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:53 pm

Re: CrystalPistol's post on all Wings except 1800's having tapered bearings, is this true? Did I purchase new bearings based on bad 411? Oh well, I have to pull the front end off anyways just to check on the condition of the bearings, so it's not the end of the world. I'll report what I find fyi.




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