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A friend of mine has a front end wobble between 35 and 45. This is on an 89 gl1500.Any ideas.

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It's usually the tyre to blame. Unlikely to be a unbalanced wheel unless there is visible damage. Have a good look at that tyre.
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Hi Litfuse,

Is this a wobble when he lets go of the handlebars?

Or is he hanging on to them? Even with one hand?

I have experianced this in two of my Wings.

But I had to be totally off the bars to make it happen.

And then most times a small bump or defect in the road makes it start.

This first time it happened on this Wing was after a long time in the saddle and I stood up on the pegs on a back country road and was stretching.

First thing I knew is the Wing started shaking and I droped back to the seat and had to use alot of strength and some front brake to get it back under control.

Scared the hell out of me.

My tires are fine, Checked Pressure and Front bearings and steering Head Bearing preload.

I dont have the Notch in the bearings some have found in thier wings.

Most of these problems were solved by mounting New Tires.

And I am going to do that. But I will ride awhile yet on these.

I just know this Wing is prone to wobble if I dont hang on to it.

So fore warned is Fore Armed.

Do a search on Wobble and you will find loads of info to help you guys sort out this problem.

Good Luck to ya.


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I am leaning towards the tire also.I have checked everything and saw a small flat spot to the left of center line on front tire. It happens between 35 to 45 with lose hands on the handle bars.

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Get the steering head bearings torqued to 24 foot lbs. and your wobble will be gone if the bearings are OK. If the bearings are pitted then replace them and torque to 24 foot lbs. I have fixed 8 or 9 1500s this way.


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¬*Adding a "Super Brace" to the front forks will¬* successfully mask the symptoms, quite often enough to make it of little concern [img]/forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/grinner.gif[/img], unless you do something like try to ride with no hands [img]/forums/images/emoticons/shock.gif[/img].¬* If you see no obvious flat spots, or unbalancing¬* of the front tire........ then replacing,and re-torquing the front steering bearings¬* will often get rid of most of the head shake...¬* ¬* ¬*SilverDave¬*[img]/forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif[/img]

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Hello there,
Just added a 'brace' to the fork and, Lo and Behold, no more wobbly behavior. So, after indeed going through the tyre and springs routine, this finally may be it (?).
To be tested further.

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After 4 gl1500's I conclude most if not all 1500's will wobble at those speeds. Get the superbrace and new tire, problem solved.

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agree new tire first brace second.

just do it and ask questions later. if you never start you\'ll never finish.

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I too had an 89 gl 1500 that had the same wobbel at that speed just learned to keep bot hands on at tht speed but it mostly happed when coming down to that speed and not bad and only at that speed

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