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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh that wobble... 84 Gl1200

Hey everyone finally got my 84 GL 1200 back together. It has two new timing belts, a flushed coolant system, new front wheel bearings, fresh ATF in the front forks, new brake pads all the way around, new brake fluid all the way around and a new set of Continental Conti tour tires.

I've been chasing a wobble at about 30 and roughly 50 with your hands off the bar. Hands on the bar not a big deal bike is as smooth as silk. She needed tires so I pulled it apart rear wheel bearings look good splines look good everything was lubricated.

I took it out for a test ride after having been off the road for approximately the last month doing everything and to my surprise the wobble is still there. The first thing I looked at before any of this was done was the steering head bearings they're smooth as silk and no side to side play or front to rear.

Is this just something I have to live with? Just a reminder to keep my hands on the bar at all times? Maybe I'm just being too picky.
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 11:21 PM
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On mine, this has always been caused by a worn, poor quality rear tire.

Metzlers were the worst with Dunnies a close second. Bridgestone and Pirelli seem to be immune.
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yes you got something wrong my 1200 aspy did not do any wobly stuff maybe tire not seated on rim correct? keep lookin you will find it.

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On mine, this has always been caused by a worn, poor quality rear tire.

Metzlers were the worst with Dunnies a close second. Bridgestone and Pirelli seem to be immune.
Skins are brand new with beads in them. Maybe I need to wear them in?
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Skins are brand new with beads in them. Maybe I need to wear them in?
What brand and how much air?

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Skins are brand new with beads in them. Maybe I need to wear them in?
you dont wear them in you wear them out.
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What brand and how much air?
Continential Conti-Tours, there is about 40 psi in the rear I didn't check it with my good gauge.

Put it on flat aired it up before I set her back down. Just aired it up for a shakedown run to make sure the wheels weren't going to fall off .

I should note the wobble is only on decel with my hands off the bars. No vibration to really speak of. Again am I being picky?
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Wobble starts with the tires, no ifs ands or buts. No tire is perfect so things have to be done to dampen the wobble out. Have you retorqued the steering bearings?

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I did check the rear wheel bearings and swingarm bearings while it was apart. Everything feels tight.
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Wobble starts with the tires, no ifs ands or buts. No tire is perfect so things have to be done to dampen the wobble out. Have you retorqued the steering bearings?
I left well enough alone with the steering head bearings because they checked out with the front end off the ground. There is no slop, I did put dynabeads in it, is it possible they are settled and stuck because it's been sitting so long? I also need to check my pressure with a reliable pressure gauge.
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