front wheel wobble


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front wheel wobble

Postby Pat Davidson » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:43 pm



2005 / 1800 the dealer is telling me this is normal. If I take my hands of the hand grips at between 50 and 70 km it creates a very bad wobble. Thanks Pat


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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby punkies » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:32 pm

that is really not normal at all for any bike to wobble. I suggest you check the neck brace bearings
and the whole front end for any abnormalities, this can cause a big accident or worse.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:13 pm

A lot of the Goldwings have this wobble, at exactly the speed you mention. The first, best way to solve it is to not take your hands off the grips. :)

Often replacing the steering head bearings with tapered bearings will solve the problem. Sometimes replacing the front wheel will solve it as well. Sometimes running with higher tire pressures will help. Sometimes nothing solves it at all.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby balesjb » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:04 pm

WingAdmin wrote:A lot of the Goldwings have this wobble, at exactly the speed you mention. The first, best way to solve it is to not take your hands off the grips. :)


Glad someone else knows how to solve the minor problem!
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby bigbrown » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:24 am

I would check the front tire for cupping, this is a major and common cause of a low speed front end wobble. I know, it has happened to me.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby dhoulditch » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:00 pm

I have the same problem with the wheel wobble. I have been told it is common by several dealers. Been told that there is nothing that can be done. Honda states you need both hands on the handle bar. Holding the handle bar doesn't eliminate the vibration it just stiffens it. The energy is still being transmitted to the tires causing premature tire wear.

My brother has a 2005 a few months before me and he does not have this problem and he gets much better gas mileage and tire wear.

I have changed 2 sets of tires front and back Dunlap Elites from authorized Dealers, more than one and the say the front end is tight and the tires are balanced.

I am toally frustrated for spending so much money on the top of the line cruiser (so I thought) to have this problem. I'm beginning to think Honda is like Toyota, they know they have a problem but they don't want to spend the money on a recall.

I want to buy another bike but who wants to buy a Goldwing that shakes.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:52 pm

I dhoulditch

I recommend you check carefully, the bearings, the wheel rim if it turns right and your tires properly addressed if it turns right, and I install a brace fork, the fork brace is a good thing to install, if it continuous change your tire, there is a belt in the tire that work badly. My brother ave a 1500, and had the same problem, he installed a fork brac and all became soft at full speed .

Excuse my English I translated with software.

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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby RR2250 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:21 pm

My GL1800 did this on the first test ride I took on it, I was not aware this was normal for them, I told saleman to have tech check air pressures. Bought bike and installed All Balls steering head bearings, now no more wobble.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby gareva1 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:28 pm

The taper bearings do seem to help, if for no other reason than increasing the torque on the steering head from stock...another thing you can try if you are also having issues with ride quality would be to look at aftermarket suspension mods (traxxion, racetech, etc)...if you pair the tapered bearings with some of the other add-ons, you can end up with a great handling bike.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby iancardwell » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:11 pm

I'm on my 7th GL1800 right now, I replace them at 30,000miles or 2 years old, whichever comes first.
I've had 2 bikes out of the 7 with a front wheel wobble that started at around 600miles.
The front wheel felt as though it might be loose at approx 30-40mph.
Eventually, both bikes were completely cured by fitting All Balls Tapered steering head bearings.
I also have a pal with a 2008 GL1800 who, because the bike was new, took it back to the dealer for the very same problem - a wobbly front wheel feel at around 20-40mph.
They fitted a new front tyre but the wobble came back around 900miles later.
He asked me if I would fit him All Balls Tapers so I did - it cured his problem too, no more wobbly wheel feel - he's really pleased with the bike now.
Another pal asked me to check his because he was getting the wobbly front wheel feel BUT the first thing I did was check his tyre pressures and tyre wear. The rear tyre pressure was 32 and the front was 28 - the rear tyre was wearing flat so I increased his tyres to 39fr 41rr and he said it felt "alot better" - so much so that he doesnt want the head bearings changing :)

Make sure you always check your tyre pressures very regularly and keep them correctly inflated.
Also, keep an eye on the rear tyre for flatting as this could cause the wobbly front wheel feel too.

Just for your info - when I stripped these bikes down to remove the bearings and fit tapers I checked the Torque settings and on ALL 3 bikes the torque was less than stated in the Honda workshop manual - the locking nut, (same on all 3 bikes), wasnt tightened at all, it was finger loose and wasnt doing anything at all to stop the main nut from working loose.

I'm not a motorcycle engineer or a tyre specialist, I'm just reporting my own experiences.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:38 pm

You might be looking at the wrong end of the bike!
Make sure the swing arm is not the "wobble" and make sure it's aligned properly, straight and the bike is not "crabbing".
Also make sure of the tire pressures. I have no wobble and run 38frt, 42rr on Stones.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:34 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:You might be looking at the wrong end of the bike!
Make sure the swing arm is not the "wobble" and make sure it's aligned properly, straight and the bike is not "crabbing".
Also make sure of the tire pressures. I have no wobble and run 38frt, 42rr on Stones.


Yup. I just cured a wobble (actually a weave) on my 1100 that I swore was at the front, due to new tires, and ended up being a swingarm with too much lateral free play.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby joe c » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:55 pm

Front wheel wobble can also be caused by the rear wheel. I'd put the bike on the centerstand, start it up and put it in 3rd gear and observe the rear wheel. If it's out of balance or you have a broken belt (inside the tire), you will see the rear wheel "jump". As you have someone increase the throttle, you will see the difference.
On my '02, one of the belts in the rear wheel delaminated (for lack of a better term) and it made my front end wobble more noticeable. Once the tire was replaced, the wobble diminished.
Handlebar "wobble" at moderate speeds is normal on most big bikes.
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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby thrasherg » Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:33 pm

My 2003 also had this problem, replaced the fork springs with Traxxion springs and the fork oil to 15W and the wobble went away. It seems that it's a marginal issue and changing the steering bearings or the tyres or the for spring/oil will all cure it.. My wing still has less than 14,000 miles so I can't believe it's ready to have the bearings changed (although I did check check the bearings where not loose or over tightened) so springs and oil seemed reasonable.. I have since changed the tyre and still no sign of the wobble.

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Re: front wheel wobble

Postby ericwil45 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:13 pm

I just cured a front end wobble ...i noticed that one of my front rotors was black so i took of the front finder and behold one of my fork seals had leaked .i replaced them and the wobble was gone


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