Small vibartion


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Small vibartion

Postby cutter426 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:12 am



Was just wondering if anyone has experienced a slight vibration on 2008 Goldwing when going around a corner ?



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Re: Small vibartion

Postby FM-USA » Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:11 am

Does it happen on left or right turns only?

If so #1. Just might have a slightly cupped front tire. The cups are barely visible and easily overlooked.
If so #2. Add a couple extra pounds of tire pressure. You can go as much as 6-8 Lbs over without unsafe effects. Although the front tire will feel every little stone or road crack.

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Mfg's test their tires to around 2.5 times the marked sidewall pressure.
Extreme high mileage riders inflate to 70-80 Lbs but are very cognizant of what they're running over.
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Re: Small vibartion

Postby cutter426 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:00 am

Thank you , I run 42 Lb in front tire plus I had it checked . I might just go ahead and replace the front tire , but it looks new .

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Re: Small vibartion

Postby harvey01 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:18 am

What tire do you have on the front and rear? With 42psi in the front you should have adequate pressure. Do you have any idea the mileage on the tire? Do you know the date of manufacture? If more than 5 years old, I would replace it.

I assume you are running a similar psi in the rear tire and it is okay!

Again, considering the age and not knowing the mileage, have you checked the wheel bearings in the front wheel? Probably not the problem but worth the check.
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Re: Small vibartion

Postby Ghostman » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:10 pm

Depending on things it could be something as simple as a cupped front or a worn tread and when turning the sides are giving you the vibration. Some years ago I was on a road trip and ran into a gentleman with an 1800 who was getting vibration on the front and it turned out he had a problem with his rear tire. Check both looking at tread, sidewalls,and air pressure .

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Re: Small vibartion

Postby FM-USA » Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:02 pm

cutter426 wrote:Thank you , I run 42 Lb in front tire plus I had it checked . I might just go ahead and replace the front tire , but it looks new .


I installed a new Battlax rear on the front this past spring and set it at 44 Psi. Couple months later I got that buzz from the tire. Checked it, yup, started to cup. So I increased to 48 Psi, buzz stopped and as of last general bike inspection, cups are gone.

OF coarse everyone's situation is different. (especially mine :shock: )
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Re: Small vibartion

Postby PastoT » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:02 pm

Your profile information relates your triked so rear tire issue is less likely but if that information is wrong definitely look for feathering of the rear tire. I run E-3's (now E-4s) and they eventually cupped up front and feathered in the rear and you'll feel the tread wear as a vibration and singing through corners. Most of us recognize them singing in sweeping corners, other tires likely do it also but maybe not as much. If your front tire isn't worn the next thing I'd check tire pressure and wheel bearings. I'm not versed in Trike knowledge so there maybe something specific to their configuration, steering rake might play differently on the front tire.


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