Head shake


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Looking to replace my '85 Aspencade with something a bit newer. I upgraded to this from an '83 Standard with Vetter fairing and Honda bags. Both bikes have the dreaded headshake at 30mph slowdown, even after new neck bearings. What year did this finally disappear?



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Any bike (Norton, Triumphs, GoldWings, etc) I've had would shake on slow down if left to do so, why I just saw it as dangerous. When you slow a bike, slight compression of front and extension of rear with weight shift is what causes it as even trail changes. What works well in my experience is keeping one or two (better) hands on grips.
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Re: Head shake

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ride dont hide wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:19 pm
Looking to replace my '85 Aspencade with something a bit newer. I upgraded to this from an '83 Standard with Vetter fairing and Honda bags. Both bikes have the dreaded headshake at 30mph slowdown, even after new neck bearings. What year did this finally disappear?
I haven't heard of the 2018+ GL1800's having this problem (yet), but it can definitely occur in all the other Goldwings up to and including the 2017 GL1800.

Anything that can tighten up tolerances will generally help: properly torqued steering, swingarm pivot and wheel bearings that are not worn, fork brace, fork bushings that are tight and not worn.

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I have found that worn rear tires create the shake more than any other factor.

It's kind of brand specific. Metzlers were the worst, with Dunlops a close second. So far, Pirellis have been the best. I've gone through 3 sets of them and no wagging, even when completely worn out.

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I had that shake with my 86 Goldwing but after putting new tires and replacing the head bearings it was gone.Lol.



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