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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Handle bar shaking at speed under 65mph

Hi folks again, now that I have fixed my problem with my cruise control and reverse buttons I found another problem. If I ride under 65mph, put the cruise control on and stop holding the handle bar it starts shaking badly. I also feel like the front suspension is pretty hard and let me feel all the bumps. My BMW LT was not like that. I am new to the Goldwing but I would expect the suspension of the wong to be pretty smooth, at least on par with the beamer. So now I am wondering if the shaking and the tough suspension are not related. Could it be that the front fork oil be low or something?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ok i did some research since my last post and it looks like this is a common issue with the Goldwing. Some said to replace the steering head bearings, some say to add a super brace, some others suggest to replace the oil in the fork, etc... I would be interested to know what your experience is with this issue and the fix for it you found one. I am surprised that Honda did not put a steering damper on the Goldwing. May be I wll start with chnagng the tires althiough the front one does not look bad at all. It is pretty noisy though, particularly on curves so may be it is cupped badly enough to create this wobble.
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Just found out that my Goldwing is already equipped with the super brace

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 08:20 PM
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More often than any other cause it's the front tire. And if yours makes noise in curves it's definitely suspect.
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The front tire looks pretty recent, still has a lot of thread and is not cupped from what I can see. From what I read a lot of Goldwing owners got the front wheel wobble fixed after replacing the steering bearings with all ball tappered bearings. If that is the solution that is probably not something I will do but ask a mechanic to do for me. I am pretty sure a steering damper would fixe the issue. My previous bike, an heavy BMW K1200LT, developped a wooble when its steering damper got worn. I bought a new one on line and replaced the old one and the wooble was completely gone. I dont understand why the Goldwing does not come with a steering damper. I am wondering if a universal steering damper could not be installed on the Goldwing. It cannot be that difficult.

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Worn steering bearings don't really create a wobble, they exacerbate it. I'd remove your front tire and take it to a good tire shop and have them inspect it and put it on a spin balancer and see what results they come up with. Maybe you threw a wheel weight since the tire was balanced/installed and it's just out of balance, y'know?

If the tire seems to be OK other than needing balancing, I'd order some CounterAct balancing beads from WingStuff or CycleMax and install them in the tire through the valve stem, after removing the air shutoff valve from the stem. It's a process of elimination. First eliminate the tire from the equation.

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I too have a wobble in my 2005 Goldwing. It has been there ever since I have had it. I have changed the front tire several times since I have over 75K miles on the bike. I have looked at everything from the brace to the tires and it is still there. Can anyone help me out here?
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The wobble that others are talking about happens at around 40mph not around 65mph. Even when I have the wobble at 40mph at highway speeds and above my wing is rock solid with my hands off the handle bars. What you are describing is not typical to the GL1800 as far as I know.
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Just to add what Jinx mentioned, the "dreaded Wing wobble" is typically under deceleration at approximately 45 mph with the hands off the bars.Roll me in the dirt and call me dusty, but why on God's green Earth would you decelerate with your hands off the bars anyway?
Anyhoo, back to your issue with the head shaking at a constant speed with the cruise set, there is definitely something amiss be it balance, tire wear, both or bearings whether axle or steering head. Definitely get it looked into.

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I had the famous 40mph wobble on one of my wings. I replaced the suspension with a progressive, and changed the tires. Wasted my money. The wobble still happened.

Here's the absolute solution to the 40MPH problem, but not necessarily the 65MPH problem.

NEVER REMOVER BOTH HANDS FROM THE HANDLE BARS, unless you are STOPPED! Unless, of course you are texting, then it's OK, because everybody does it, and deserves what they get.

Preaching over. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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