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Getting ready to replace the front tire, anyone have any success with reducing the 40 mph wheel wobble with different tires? I've been running dunlops.
 

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I have a fairly new Bridgestone 709 up front and a car tire on the rear. So far the old familiar wobble hasn't reared its head yet.
 

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I've still got the OEM dunlops on front and back and I've never had the "wobble". I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I hear a lot of good things about Bridgestones. I'm sure others will chime in here shortly with their opinions. Ride safe...
 

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I've still got the OEM dunlops on front and back and I've never had the "wobble". I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I hear a lot of good things about Bridgestones. I'm sure others will chime in here shortly with their opinions. Ride safe...
+1 with TWW still sport'n Dunlop Elite. Never had a wobble.
 

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Getting ready to replace the front tire, anyone have any success with reducing the 40 mph wheel wobble with different tires? I've been running dunlops.
Had the wobble until I started using 41psi in both Wing tires. A Superbrace improved the overall handling for me, especially the slow maneuvering. Oh, I run Dunlop OEMs.
 

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Your Wing needs the steering stem bearings change out to All Ball Bearings. They eliminate the wobble to almost non existance. New Bearings and a good Five piece Fork Brace. I also suggest a good set of Aftermarket Front Shock Springs, Racetech, Progressive etc.
 

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Thanks, I'll give it a try next month. have a great holiday
 

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I've had no proven wobbles in my 1800 Wing thus far ('09 20k kms/12k miles) on OEM D250's. But then I haven't let go of the bars decellerating below 40 mph to find out if it's there or not. If I could feel a vibration/oscillation in the bars with one or both hands on, I'd worry or get it looked at. All bikes have grips on both ends of the bars for a good reason: it's where you are supposed to have your hands placed (duh):confused:
All large bikes will shake their heads at low speeds if you care to check; even if it's almost imperceptable, it's still there. Yes proper tire pressure, tread condition, bearing torque, suspension set-up and weight loading will affect the tendency for a bike to shake or not, but the simplest solution is to keep your hands where they are intended to be. Just to re-iterate...duh.
 

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Thanks for your input, perhaps after 18 years riding a bike for NYPD from 2mph to 120mph. and riding about 6 other large bikes for about 41 years, I've never realized I couldn't take my hands off the bars. Didn't know that you had to keep both hands on the bars at all times,. you never stop learning, thanks for the lesson. Perhaps you , nor does my VTX1800 wobble, in fact, I never rode a bike w/a wobble. I have'nt either, before the goldwing. BTW I've let go of the grips on all of them for over 40 years DUH!! Even during VIP escorts (presidents and other high profile people) @ 5mph, I've let go of the grips and no wobble. Maybe you should try it or maybe you don't have the confidence to ride w/o hands, (I do), Maybe you think all the other posts re: wheel wobble are just figments of imagination, or, your just far more skilled at riding. If you should like to ride without hands even in turns, I'd be very happy to show you how it's done, even doing figure eights. All in all, if you have nothing positive to add, why not try to keep your fingers of the keys? By the way, If I felt a vibration in my bars while riding, I'd sure try to find out what the problem is. I guess if you'd heard a strange noise, you wouldn't check that out either. Have a great day, and enjoy the holidays
 

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My Wing gets the wobble after the front tires begin to show wear. The handling of the Wing is so fantastic (for the type of riding I do) that I don't have any issues with it. I just know its there and except for rare occasion, never have to take my hands off the bars. When I do have the hands off the bars, its usually with the CC set and 45+ mph and the bike is smooth as silk. Wobble on my Wing occurs when I'm decelerating and 40 mph and under. Why she's so sweet, I can do 125 mph sweepers with on hand on the bars with the footpegs dragging and waving at the camera. Now thats a good handling bike. I hope you can find a solution to your problem as I know people have pretty much rebuilt their bike chasing this problem.
 

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My impression and experience so far is the tire wear. All Balls steering head bearing and Centramatic Balancers are all related to tire wear. If they address the issue they are considered the " cure ". I'm running a car tire on the rear of my Wing now, and a low mileage front tire. No wobble to note yet, prior to my previous experience. My rear car tire should wear evenly across as it has for many others and my front tire should cup as it has for everyone. The wobble is tire wear related no matter how you address the tire wear factors. My opinion and experience so far with my bike and riding habits.
 

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My goldwing wobbles real bad in sand at low speed. Does that count. True it does. Eric
 

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Eric the Hoon has spoken on the subject.
 

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Well NYPD, at the risk of offending, I'll decline your more than generous offer of the benefit of your 'skills'. Having had the need more than once of emergency countersteering techniques to avoid becoming the victim of wildlife, I find it more than wise to have both hands on the bars as much as possible. I have also had to avoid the opportunity to be a hood ornament of an oncoming SUV in my lane on a mountain road in Montana several years back. The driver had suffered a coronary and as I came out of the turn I was looking straight into his grille. Try dodging that with your hands in your lap! You may not, but I think my comments and opinions on this are more than valid and to condone the hands free actions is neither safe nor prudent. You as a law enforcement professional should know that. Crashes and incidents have all the cards in their favour, we are the ones playing catch-up, so why weigh the odds more favourably against us?
I've also (like yourself) been riding for many years and many many different bikes (1973 when I was first licensed) and have over 400,000 miles of incident, claim and damage free miles under my belt. I also have professional training on more than one level so I'm not unqualified to pass on information.
 

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My VTX had the wobble and my wing did also with the orginal Dunlops (not Elite's). Even at 40mph the wobble is not bad as long as when there is throttle input; its when you let off the throttle that the wobble starts, at least for me. Now with CT on the rear and Stone 709 in front I have no wobble, even when letting off the throttle. Also, I didn't even balance the CT on the rear. I probably shouldn't say this, but when on cruise, and on the 4 lane,I can ride 10 or 12 miles without hands as long as the curves aren't too bad.
 

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Ron: I don't know him real well (The Lord). But you would know the story of when you get to heaven of where you look back over your life. And he point out that there are two foot marks in the sand (his and yours) then you notice just one set of foot marks in the sand. "Lord how come in that part there is only one set of foot marks in the sand." "Dear Ron that is where I carried you." So Eric will say. "Please Ron the Lord is too busy to take control of your wing when you are not holding the handle bars."
No offence intended, this is intended to be light hearted. Eric
 

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My VTX had the wobble and my wing did also with the orginal Dunlops (not Elite's). Even at 40mph the wobble is not bad as long as when there is throttle input; its when you let off the throttle that the wobble starts, at least for me. Now with CT on the rear and Stone 709 in front I have no wobble, even when letting off the throttle. Also, I didn't even balance the CT on the rear. I probably shouldn't say this, but when on cruise, and on the 4 lane,I can ride 10 or 12 miles without hands as long as the curves aren't too bad.
My experience also. Almost 4,000 miles on the rear car tire and about 3,000 miles on the Bridgestone 709 front. I checked it today with hands off the bar and no wobble at the infamous mph. The test for me is at the 8,000 mile mark , as that is the miles I bought the bike at. The wobble with hands off the bar was there from the beginning and continued through my front and rear replacement set of Metz 880's. I'm cautiously optimistic.
 

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Ron: I don't know him real well (The Lord). But you would know the story of when you get to heaven of where you look back over your life. And he point out that there are two foot marks in the sand (his and yours) then you notice just one set of foot marks in the sand. "Lord how come in that part there is only one set of foot marks in the sand." "Dear Ron that is where I carried you." So Eric will say. "Please Ron the Lord is too busy to take control of your wing when you are not holding the handle bars."
No offence intended, this is intended to be light hearted. Eric
No offense taken. As a matter of fact I know you are right. I hope my wife don't see this post. It's just that I have very few thrills left. I know a guy who claimed that he could put a wing on cruise and then hop in the back seat and steer with the passenger floorboards. That is one that I am not going to try.
 

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Getting ready to replace the front tire, anyone have any success with reducing the 40 mph wheel wobble with different tires? I've been running dunlops.
Any updates?
 

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Well, here is the deal. I have over time, found tires to be a real problem with cupping out, mostly on the front. This tire problem is relevant to low air pressure. Look at the tire info on the tire itself and not what the manual says. The tire itself will and may have different guidlines. As far as wobble at 45, no biggie on shutdown. Been there
 
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