1995 goldwing se

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1995 goldwing se

Post by weldersrule » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:14 am

I have a concern about the steering problem that I have. It seems that somewhere between 35 and 45 mph the bike develops a wicked shimmy in the front end. I made the mistake of taking my hands off the handle bars and the bike was almost uncontrollable. This scared the crap right out of me. I took the bike back where I bought it and talked to the tech there. He told me that this was an inherant problem with all Goldwings and that there was nothing they could do to fix the problem.
I feel like I am getting played. Any suggestions? Ken

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Re: 1995 goldwing se

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:26 pm

Yes, it's an inherent problem with Goldwings, but the tech is wrong: there are several things you can do about it.

The number one cause is worn tires. Check your tires to see if they are scalloped. Replacing (at least your front) tires almost always solves this problem.

If not, the next step is to look at the steering head bearings. A lot of people replace them with aftermarket tapered bearings and this will solve most problems.

You could also have severely worn front wheel bearings that could cause a shimmy. That's worth checking just for safety's sake.

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