Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hudson, North Carolina, USA
Model: 1983 GL1100 Aspy
I don't know if this is a technical issue, or if it is just normal for my bike, but I'll ask here, incase there is something that can be done.
A couple of months ago, I rode onto a section of road that had been ground up for repaving. It was almost like a groved surface. I was going about 45mph and the handlebars started jerking side to side. I was able to slow down and get it under control. I have heard about "high-speed-wobble" and just thought it was because the "grooved" surface.
Today, about an hour into a three hour ride, with a group of 5 other bikes, I had the same thing happen again.... but worse. I was on the inside of the lane, and, again, where some road work was going on, I ran into a "seam" where two runs of asphault met. This time, I was going about 35mph. The bars started jerking side to side. I got out of the seam, but the bars were still jerking. I ended up getting it back under control after about 150 feet (felt like a half mile), and was in the middle of on-coming traffic's lane (thanks goodness that traffice was being held by a red light).
Needless to say, I was on pins an needles for the rest of the ride.
What the heck causes this to happen, and is there anything that can be done to the bike to prevent it?
When (and if) it happenes again, what it the best way to regain control in the shortest distance and time? More brakes? No brakes and more throttle?
I'll just throw that pair of underware away.