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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-23-2018, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Gl1500 vague steering ,front end wonder at take off

My 1994 Honda GL 1500 se, very low miles, new tires.....when taking off from dead stop and immediately turning, the sreering seems unstable and vauge untill you throttle away, front tire hunts around seems to be flexing...Is this normal for these bikes and would a fork brace help ?
I do have race tech springs now and th front end is good once you are cruising along, but when just taking off, front end just feels vauge. Normal for these bikes ?
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the 1500s severely need a Fork Brace.


does your bike have one on it?
if not, get one,
Super Brace or equivalent.


that and keeping the tires at 44 psi, makes a whole world of difference in how it handles.
you would not believe it is the same bike.



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Also, if the PSI is Low on the rear shocks, it will cause the front end to wander.
Putting Progressive Rears on is the BEST... I always run mine at 90psi (eg The Max for them), and can notice a huge (detrimental) difference if I drop the pressure down to 70psi; this is for Solo riding BTW.


The stock honda rear shocks can only go up to 50psi, as I recall.


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My 1994 Honda GL 1500 se, very low miles, new tires.....when taking off from dead stop and immediately turning, the sreering seems unstable and vauge untill you throttle away, front tire hunts around seems to be flexing...Is this normal for these bikes and would a fork brace help ?
I do have race tech springs now and th front end is good once you are cruising along, but when just taking off, front end just feels vauge. Normal for these bikes ?
Brand of tires...?

What air pressure front/rear..?

Fork Braces are a good enhancement for low speed stability.

Has any work been done recently on the front end. Such as forks removed/replaced etc.

If so, were bolts/fasteners torqued correctly.
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Also, if the PSI is Low on the rear shocks, it will cause the front end to wander.
Putting Progressive Rears on is the BEST... I always run mine at 90psi (eg The Max for them), and can notice a huge (detrimental) difference if I drop the pressure down to 70psi; this is for Solo riding BTW.


The stock honda rear shocks can only go up to 50psi, as I recall.
That would be 57 psi........!!
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Thanks for all your replies and suggestions everyone. I checked my front air pressure and it had dropped down to 28 psi! I pumped it up to 40, took it for a ride, and was just amazed how the handling and stability at slow speeds improved. I guess this bike is very sensitive to front tire air pressure !
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I would push it to 44 psi, I know, you think it is too much, but it is not.



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the 1500s severely need a Fork Brace.


does your bike have one on it?
if not, get one,
Super Brace or equivalent.


that and keeping the tires at 44 psi, makes a whole world of difference in how it handles.
you would not believe it is the same bike.
I put a fork brace on my '99 and couldn't tell the difference. Do check tire pressure though.
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Tire air pressure makes a difference in the way they handle. You should check the air pressure at least once a week, best to check before every ride. You could have a slow leak and not know it


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