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Wing resists left turns

Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:22 am
by Muleskinner
A friend recently dumped his wing while making a left turn into a parking area. He was going about 30 and leaned to the left, but the bike didn't cooperate and he had to lay it down. He said that it felt like it was resisting another left-hand curve about a week earlier. Does this sound like his anti-dive valve is occassionally malfuncting and locking up the left fork while turning?

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:02 am
by FlyBoy2121
IMuleskinner

It happened twice but in a parking lot, turning at low speed, and so puts the brake at the same time you fall on the side. I cross that his angle of the fork which is giving problem.

Flyboy2121





Muleskinner wrote:A friend recently dumped his wing while making a left turn into a parking area. He was going about 30 and leaned to the left, but the bike didn't cooperate and he had to lay it down. He said that it felt like it was resisting another left-hand curve about a week earlier. Does this sound like his anti-dive valve is occassionally malfuncting and locking up the left fork while turning?

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:59 am
by themainviking
One way to find out would be to obtain one of those anti dive shim things and install it. It supposedly disables the antidive. I have no idea if the anti dive can do this, but would like to know what he finds out. The antidive shim kit can be had here:

http://www.motomfg.com/GL1800_Goldwing_ ... p/gl-1.htm

Hope this helps

*** Disclaimer - If you do anything to your bike with the items I have suggested, I refuse to be held responsible for anything... ***

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:50 am
by Ghostman
It could also be his steering stem bearings are worn and have formed a notch at the neutral position of steering when the wheels straight.

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:15 pm
by Len
I would check for loose wiring around the steering stem. Maybe something is caught in the fork bridge.

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:28 am
by Red Ron
Right turns are harder for most people. Another way to disable the anti-dive is to do the "nickel trick". Take a nickel and drill a 1/4" hole in the center of it. Place it between the 2 halves of the anti-dive. You can even use the orginal screws to put the antidive back together. Only costs a nickel. Resulted in a much smoother ride for me. Mine was locking up but I never noticed any effect on the steering.

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:39 am
by themainviking
themainviking wrote:One way to find out would be to obtain one of those anti dive shim things and install it. It supposedly disables the antidive. I have no idea if the anti dive can do this, but would like to know what he finds out. The antidive shim kit can be had here:

http://www.motomfg.com/GL1800_Goldwing_ ... p/gl-1.htm

Hope this helps

*** Disclaimer - If you do anything to your bike with the items I have suggested, I refuse to be held responsible for anything... ***
Further to this... I decided to purchase this kit.. It is not expensive. Cost me $20 including shipping, which is a little more expensive than a nickel, but the fit and finish is nicer. I tried the nickel first, and it worked, so I bought this shim kit. It works just as well and does not even look like it has been added. It fits perfectly, and just extends the seperation between upper and lower parts of the anti dive. It takes about three minutes of getting used to after installation, as the front end will feel a bit less solid when stomping on the rear brake. The handling in both directions though, while using the rear brake, was improved significantly. Twisties are easier to feel, and therefore easier to negotiate. Each thing I do to improve the handling of this bike make it sportier. I have already done the front forks completely - new springs, better seals, 10 wt synthetic fork oil. Next up - rear shock and preload get a new spring and a new braided steel line. Honda could have done all this, and charged an extra thousand dollars, and I would have paid it, but I guess that would have made it look like they were admitting the bikes are poorly suspended. :lol:

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:07 pm
by upssnowman
I'd lean a little more on stem bearing bad after so many I've changed are falling apart

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:55 am
by salyzyn
Anti Dive zero chance of affecting steering in this manner.

Any of the cables leading off the handlebars sticking, or a bad stem bearing are the likeliest of causes.

Start calling your friend Tippy?

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:29 pm
by Fatboy46
Is he so Conservative that he refuses to go 'Left"...? :lol:

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:20 pm
by Wingsconsin
Fatboy46 wrote:Is he so Conservative that he refuses to go 'Left"...? :lol:
Please review the dates of the posts you are bringing back with your postings..
This one is nearly 5 years ago... ;)

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:39 pm
by Fatboy46
Wingsconsin ยป I WILL pay more attention to dates in the future...
Why then did it appear in the list of topics at the bottom of the page?

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:49 pm
by virgilmobile
Old posts are still of interest to me..I drive a 28 year old bike.Problems resolved and long ago forgotten may have information on my bike.
I don't mind resurrecting a old thread if it can resolve my issue or clarify the trouble.
I don't remember everything I've ever read on these bikes so I do resort to the search topics often.
What were we talking about???? :?:

Re: Wing resists left turns

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:33 pm
by Terry D
My son-in-law's Sportster was harder to turn left than right. His fork tubes in the triple tree were not even and I fixed it. That made the bike much easier to turn either way.