front end whobble


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carlray
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front end whobble

Postby carlray » Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:52 pm



I have a 2012 Goldwing, I have had problems with the front end at low speeds. at 35 to 40 mph it has a wobble. I have been threw 3 sets of tires, Bridge Stone, Dunlop, and Avalon Cobra tires. I have had the fork brace, centrifugal wheel balancers front and back, and the steering head bearing changed, (all balls bearings). All 3 sets of tires have started cupping within 4000 miles. I do have a warped rear rotor, but I have been told it is within specs. What is left to do?



Red Ron
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Re: front end whobble

Postby Red Ron » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:49 pm

my '08 had it and my '13 does but not as bad. Have you tried the ceramic balancing beads?

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offcenter
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Re: front end whobble

Postby offcenter » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:49 pm

Different bike, I know, but....
My 99 1500 had a head shake problem at almost any speed if
I tried to let go of the bars.
Previous owner said it did that since new and he could never take his hands off the bars at any speed.
I just replaced the Dunlop E3 with a Michelin Commander II on the front and the problem is gone!
I can take my hands off the bars at any speed now and it tracks straight and steady.

Just my two cents worth...
George in Jersey.
99 Goldwing GL-1500 SE
76 Goldwing Gl-1000
77 Honda CT-90 "Trail 90"

Red Ron
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Re: front end whobble

Postby Red Ron » Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:29 pm

offcenter wrote:Different bike, I know, but....
My 99 1500 had a head shake problem at almost any speed if
I tried to let go of the bars.
Previous owner said it did that since new and he could never take his hands off the bars at any speed.
I just replaced the Dunlop E3 with a Michelin Commander II on the front and the problem is gone!
I can take my hands off the bars at any speed now and it tracks straight and steady.

Just my two cents worth...


Hope I am wrong but a lot of times the wobble returns when the tires get some wear on them. That is what has happened to me on two gl 1800's. Thats why I am wondering if beads would make a difference. The beads would change with changes in the tire like wear. I have used beads in the rear but not in the front.

BendItTwice
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Re: front end whobble

Postby BendItTwice » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:57 am

Forward motion can create a wobble.

Head bearings.
Unlike roller bearings, tapered bearings torque can be variable.

Replacing the standard ball bearings with correctly torqued tapered bearings will fix. Guaranteed!
Doing this is NOT hiding the problem. It simply prevents the problem.

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Re: front end whobble

Postby mikemajor » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:08 am

I've had the same problem with my 06 on Dunlop and also on Bridgestone and Metzeller. When I traded it in for a 2012 the dealer advised me to inflate both tires at 41 psi, I doubled the life on my Bridgestones and never experienced cupping again. So from now on I'll stick to this brand and also the same tire pressure.




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