Front wobble


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Front wobble

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Is there anything that can help stop the wobble I. The front forks. It doesn't do it often, but really once is enough


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Yeah, scary when it happens, right?

There are a number of threads on this (use the search function) and multiple contributing factors. You may need to fix one or all of: tires, wheel bearings, steering stem bearings, fork bushings/seals, swing arm bearings, fork brace, and on and on and on.

BTW, Honda says the fix is to keep both hands on the bars at all times.
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I saw something on YouTube about a bracket you install on the front forks above the fender. What have you heard about it. And yes it only happens when one hand is on the handle bars
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You probably are talking about a fork brace. The Blackwing is popular on this site but apparently is no longer being imported. Superbrace is a well known manufacturer of fork braces. As with all things GL1500, since the bike has not been made for over 20 years, availability is getting harder and harder. Also, the fork brace can mask other maintenance actions that should be fixed. Troubleshoot and take care of the regular things first and then add a brace to improve handling.
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Yes try the simple fixes first. One that are free. Check tire pressures, are tires cupped (even badly cupped rear tire can do this), have even heard people sometime get a bad tire. Then maybe move onto the more complex stuff to figure out. Could turn out to be combination of things. When I first buy my goldwing it had wobbles. Tire were old, hard and cupped E3's.
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Andy Cote wrote: Wed Apr 13, 2022 6:48 pm You probably are talking about a fork brace. The Blackwing is popular on this site but apparently is no longer being imported. Superbrace is a well known manufacturer of fork braces. As with all things GL1500, since the bike has not been made for over 20 years, availability is getting harder and harder. Also, the fork brace can mask other maintenance actions that should be fixed. Troubleshoot and take care of the regular things first and then add a brace to improve handling.
The Blackwing brace is still being made (in California) and is far superior to the Superbrace: https://www.facebook.com/Blackwing-Engi ... 0646503007
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WingAdmin wrote: Thu Apr 14, 2022 12:55 pm The Blackwing brace is still being made (in California) and is far superior to the Superbrace: https://www.facebook.com/Blackwing-Engi ... 0646503007
Are you sure it will continue?
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I had a serious wobble on my 95. Tightening the steering stem bearings fixed the problem. No wobble at any speed.
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Rambozo wrote: Thu Apr 14, 2022 1:15 pm
WingAdmin wrote: Thu Apr 14, 2022 12:55 pm The Blackwing brace is still being made (in California) and is far superior to the Superbrace: https://www.facebook.com/Blackwing-Engi ... 0646503007
Are you sure it will continue?
viewtopic.php?p=391177#p391177
Oh wow, I did not know they had passed.
Blackwing is a better brace per many here that have had both, but with the blackwing being unavailable again, the Superbrace is better than nothing.
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A new tire which was really necessary stopped the wobble and a Blackwing brace made it even more secure feeling especially in low speed maneuvers.
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1988 1500
had old Avons when I got it heavily worn
It wobbled

had the dealer retorque head bearings they didn’t feel loose and didn’t fee worn

once tightened and the fork pinch bolts tightened and new tires, no more wobble
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I don't feel any thing lose on mine either. But maybe I will tighten mine as well. I hope that takes care of it. My tire is worn some but not to bad, maybe I get a new one to
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Nlmman47 wrote: Wed Apr 13, 2022 3:21 pm Is there anything that can help stop the wobble I. The front forks. It doesn't do it often, but really once is enough
Great suggestions in this thread.
But the very first thing I'd check is the front tyre pressure, if we're talking trying easy fixes.
The GL1500 I had a while back sat for a month or three and was undriveable due to front wheel massive wobble even at slow speeds. Once I limped to a garahe and put is 40 whatsits of pressure (it was way low), it was fine again.
Until it ran into the back of a truck... Sigh.


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