Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging


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Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Got the front end off the floor checking fork bearings. So tried spinning front tire,and had to force it to turn? Should that be would not spin. This 86 1200 trike was a gift,so not real familiar with trikes.
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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The wheel should spin freely. As to why it's like that, you will have to dig around to see how the trike braking was done. Honda had a linked braking system, so who knows what was done to make it a trike. If you can, see if you can figure out which caliper is dragging. In stock trim only one is plumbed to the hand brake, while the other went to the pedal.
Since you mentioned the trike looks homemade, there is a chance that it was never right and would need to go to a frame shop to check the geometry.
LMX@749r wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 8:55 pm This 86 1200 trike was a gift,so not real familiar with trikes.
As with much in life, you get what you pay for. :lol:
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Thanks,for your advise. Get what you pay for is right. But it was given to me. Might be reason was given to me couldn't get anyone to even check it out!

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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Your brakes do need to be checked that they are releasing the pressure. There are tiny return ports in the master cylinders that get blocked from hardened gunk because of lack of preventative maintenance by regular bi-yearly brake fluid changes. That gunk will need to be carefully poked out with a wire from a wire brush to clear it out.
A test for you, with the front wheel off the ground and the wheel not free to spin, pump the handlebar master cylinder a few times, crack open the right caliper brake bleeder to release pressure and then tighten the bleeder.
Does the wheel spin easier?
Next pump the rear brake pedal a few times. Crack open the left caliper bleeder and tighten it.
Does the wheel spin easier?
That will tell you which master return port is plugged.

And yes the front brake dragging from not releasing will cause some wobble.
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Morning,and Thank you for all your advice,and answer the shocks in another post,it has air shocks. Hopefully the shop that has the trike now knows the procedure on the front wheel dragging. And the rear wheels alignment with the brakes. It had been sitting for three years according to the person that just gave it to me.
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Sorry for all the questions just not familiar with the different things going on with this trike. I am glad I found this forum. I have a picture of the front of the trike if will tell you what the rake is on trike? Thanks!
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Finally found a shop that was willing to work on an older 86 Goldwing 1200 trike. Shared with them the issues with them about the front wheel dragging. They worked me in to their shop which is a local Kawasaki dealer. Had a mechanic there that knew all about the Honda Goldwings. They rebuilt the master cylinder and replaced the brake shoes on the front,and it took care of the front wheel dragging and the wobble as well. Just something simple. The bearings and new oil had already been done by previous owner and a new Dunlop front tire. Thinking a stabilizer might improve the wobble even more.
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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Do you have an ezsteer raked triple clamp?
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Evening as I said I am a newbie,never owned Goldwing. What does the ezsteer clamp look like? Thanks!
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Re: Goldwing 1200 Trike front brake dragging

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You can see them here. But it doesn't look like they make them for the 1200 anymore.
https://championtrikesaz.com/ez-steer-kits/
Many of the trike people swear by them as it makes the steering much easier and smoother.


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