I GOT THE WOBBLE


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I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by POPPY'S WING » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:09 pm



Hello, just got back from Wing Ding and other places. I rode the Dragon also.Anyhow, about 400 miles into the trip,I noticed a wobble around 35 mph.Would like to know why suddenly it started this. Any replies appreciated.



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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by MikeB » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:46 pm

Tire wear. Pretty much does it to all the Wings.
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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by tamathumper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:55 pm

Did you notice it when decelerating through 30-40 mph?
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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by POPPY'S WING » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:21 pm

Yes. That's correct.

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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:56 am

okay, bear with me. It's your new seat. :?

Wobble is affected by tire wear, front or rear; bearing condition; tire pressure; road conditions; but also by how tightly you grip the handlebars. You are in a different position and more comfortable and relaxed. You are likely using a lighter grip and don't even notice.

Check your tires of course and maybe the stem bearings. Might need a forkbrace or more serious suspension upgrades. But hold on loosely and don't let go. Uh oh, song troll on my head.
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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by POPPY'S WING » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:08 am

Thanks for the reply. My tires have 7000 miles on them. The wobble began a day or more before I got the seat. The tires are E4s. I stay on top of the air pressure. I had my suspension set on 12.

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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:18 am

Just a thought.

How do the E4's look? I am ready for a front and E4 is a consideration. I have 7000 on the Bridgestone and not really liking it. Already changed the rear to Bridgestone Driveguard run flat. When I bought my 2015 with 2000 miles, it had a bit of wobble with original Bridgestones. Previous owner did not keep good track of air pressure and light was on when I bought it. I jacked the pressures up, added tire pressure sensors, superbrace and Heli-bars. This took away the wobble but at 6000 replaced the rear for a better ride.
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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by POPPY'S WING » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:06 pm

I've had no problems with E4s,until this trip. If that's what's causing it.They don't show cupping. I've been through a lot of twisties on this trip. I'm not an aggressive rider.Thinking about going Double Darkside.

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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:27 pm

I don't know if it is relevant or not, but my 1800 has a Michelin RF on the back, and used to have an E3 on the front. It now has an Avon RoadRider rear tire on the front...

it also has Traxxon springs front and rear...

it has never, ever, exhibited a wobble for me.... the original E3 on the rear also did not cause a wobble.

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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by POPPY'S WING » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:34 pm

Thanks for the reply AZgl1800. What do you think about going Double Dark side.

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Re: I GOT THE WOBBLE

Post by Andy Cote » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:46 am

Regarding Double Darkside.

I had the Battlax on the front of my GL1500. I liked it but like some other users, found cracks in the bottom of the tread. Wasn't comfortable with that. Was not that old and had maybe 10,000 miles but otherwise looked like it was halfway used up. Most recent posts on this tire seem favorable though and the cost per mile, even at 10k, is very reasonable.

I've seen posts of catastrophic failures of the Avons but not tried one.

I had Michelin Pilots on the GL1500 before coming to the Darkside. Considering a Pilot rear for the front.

Still watching other people's experiences with front tires.

BTW. Rear for me was down to Yokohama Avid Envigor ZP and Bridgestone Driveguard ZP. Looked pretty even on all posts. Went with Driveguard. Previous experience on a couple friends' GL1800 was Michelin Alpin but no longer available.


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