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I am finding my 2018 goldwing 1800B is unpredictable when coming to a stop or in slow speed maneuvers. For me the bike handles differently based upon the amount of gas in the tank. Does anyone else have this problem. I've put it down twice now. I've had harleys, Kawi's and Yamaha's and none were as unstable or unpredictable as the goldwing. I've seen so many comments about its stability at slow speed. My personal experience doesn't back that up. Anyone else experiencing this?
 

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I think it's a practice thing. Also make sure your front wheel is straight when stopping. If you use the front brake and the wheel is turned to the side, you will likely be picking it up off the ground. Personally I have never thought the amount of fuel in the tank made it feel any different to me. Riding slow I try to use the rear brake only.
 

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Mark hit on a very good point but not sure about the '18 and newer. The previous models did exhibit a tendency to "fall in" when turning a tight slow speed corner and applying the brake lever. I've only had it happen once in s a sudden (panic) stop thanks to a cage cutting me off at a fuel station. Managed to keep the bike upright but it was a tad of a pucker moment. Haven't heard this on the new models though. Hopefully some of the members with the new bikes can shed some light on this.
 

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Many of us use 2nd gear in slow speed maneuvering to avoid the jump/power surge in 1st. Just use the foot brake to adjust speed. I’ve found that tight turns in small spaces are better doing this. Like any motorcycle when you’re going slow you loose the gyroscopic effect that maintains you upright. Couple that with almost 1000 lbs of motorcycle and that’s why we often drop them in slow speed maneuvering.

Good explanation of the gyroscopic effect on motorcycles and counter steering https://auto.howstuffworks.com/motorcycle4.htm

Practice makes perfect (or almost perfect) as Mark pointed out.

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Rear brake, throttle and clutch. Practice practice practice
I had trouble with slow speed turns n stops and on the advice of the more experienced riders here took the time to practice with the heavy Wing. Now it is second nature and I have no problems with either.

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Take a slow ride course too. Problem solved. These bikes (any large touring bike) are far more capable than most of us that ride them. The course will show you that and then some.
 

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Take a slow ride course too. Problem solved. These bikes (any large touring bike) are far more capable than most of us that ride them. The course will show you that and then some.


Jerry Palladino...Ride Like a Pro. One of the best. I learned a lot from him. As one other said, rear brake, throttle and clutch. That’s the secret to low speed riding.


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Stay off of the front break unless your front wheel is straight. If it isn't there's a 99% chance of dropping the bike. Also remember that the Wing has linked breaks. When you apply the rear break the linked system also applies the left front caliper which can pull the wheel to the left.

As others have said, second gear, rear break only, clutch operation and practice. If you happen to drop your Wing, request a IDMWT number... This stands for "I Dropped My Wing Today" It's only a matter of time before this happens to 99.9% of us Wing Pilots.
 

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Good morning,

You failed to mention if it’s a DCT or not....

I have the DCT Tour coming from an ‘08 GL I would win the slow roll contests with.

The DCT was a little getting used to.... I have had it a year and can now slow maneuver quite well. The automatic is a bit harder to tame in slow moves than a standard shift.

The bike is solid...there is no instability that I can feel.
 

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Besides not using the front brake try putting it in "RAIN" mode works for me.
 

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I have found that my 2018 DCT has been the easiest bike I have ever owned to maneuver in slow turn or driving situations. I have found no instability at all.
 

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I think if you are having trouble in slow speed turns and stopping, then you need to take the experience riders course. I was taught not to use the hand brake in those maneuvers and never put both feet down until the bike is completely stopped. That right foot stays on the brake until your bike has stopped then you put it down. The course also teaches you not to look at the ground in front of you during a turn even in a parking lot. Look at where you want to end up and I know that is not on the ground. I've been riding for 55 years and in the past 27 have taken that course twice. And while stationed in Minot, ND was helping the Safety team on base by demonstrating what they were teaching. Finally, I want to say it is not the bike but the rider.

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Just watching the videos of Golwings doing the obstacle course is inspirational to me. What the Wing is capable of exceeds my imagination .

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