LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Shaunoliver1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Model: 1990 1500
Posts: 23
Send a message via AIM to Shaunoliver1
Post imported post

when accelerating or decelerating, at around 35, the front forks wobble. It is not uncontrollable, if you hold tight, but very uncomfortable. I have replaced the front and back tires but still have the same issue. Anybody have any ideas?

Your life is made up of the little things you do every day. Small things to you, can be life changing things to others. Take the time today and smile some strangers way. YOU JUST MAY CHANGE THEIR DAY!
Shaunoliver1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 06:21 PM
MSGT-R's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, California, USA
Posts: 137
Post imported post

Check your fork oil amounts and air pressure.
Check the rear shock pressure.
Make sure the bike is sitting flat and not butt-low.
Check to see if the fork brace is in okay condition.
Check the steering head bearing tightness.

All of the above can cause that wobble, assuming the forks are straight and even in the clamps.

Don\'t spook the road sheep.
MSGT-R is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-28-2011, 09:52 AM
milliesdad's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Frozen Tundra, Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 75
Post imported post

Place a floor jack under the front part of the engine, and raise until the front wheel is off the ground, but the back wheel should still be in contact with the floor.

Gently, see if there is any front-back play in the front wheel- should be none (not even a little)

thrn wheel to one side, and se if it wants to center itself.

You are checking the steering stem bearings. There should be 0 play and the wheel should not be able to self center.

If there are no dogs in heaven, when I die I want to go where they go. Mark Twain
milliesdad is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-28-2011, 07:42 PM
Senior Member
blackknytecnc's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Year: 1985
Model: 1985 GL1200 LTD
Posts: 2,720
Post imported post

With the tires out of the way, these guys pretty much nailed it. Make sure your suspension is aired up and your steering bearings are good, there ain't much else that can cause it from what I gather. Mine wound up being a combination of bearings, tires, and pressure, made for a real fun ride .

1985 LTD.... 121,000 miles and counting

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." _ Ben Franklin

"Oops, that wasn't suppose to happen" _ Kevin (me)
blackknytecnc is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 07:25 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Posts: 14
Post imported post

Didn't realize this to be an issue on earlier wings - have, had on my GL1800

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, throughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW ......... what a ride !"
Glide99 is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 09:02 AM
Senior Member
rideandslidejim's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Waynesville, Georgia, USA
Posts: 1,215
Post imported post

A very low speed wobble ( if you let go of the bars ) is pretty common on 1200's , but at the speed you said, if not tires, must be the steering bearing. The way i was taught was raise front tire off the ground and the wheel , when pushed to one side or the other should not continue to turn ( fall )by itself without a little help. If it falls on it own, bearings are too loose.


Body and Bike in southern Georgia,heart and head back in the Del/Mar/Va.

"Member of lousy spellers of America"
rideandslidejim is offline  

  Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums > Forums > Goldwing Technical Forum

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
front end wobble wwookie Goldwing Technical Forum 12 02-22-2009 10:36 PM
Front end wobble biggist Goldwing Technical Forum 1 02-21-2009 11:56 PM
front wobble. dubtom Goldwing Technical Forum 2 06-21-2008 04:20 PM
front end wobble hockeydad33 Goldwing Technical Forum 14 07-22-2007 10:45 PM
Front end wobble mjohnson Goldwing Technical Forum 17 09-25-2005 09:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome