Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Sumter, SC
Model: Goldwing GL1500 Aspencade
1997 Goldwing GL1500 front end wobble
Okay, so I know this issue has been debated and discussed all over the Internet. But I'm really wanting to solve the wobble issue that seems to happen between 35mph and 45 mph during cruise or deceleration (even acceleration). I installed the strut brace last year and it helped with the wobble; would not do it quite as easy. But what I hated about the brace was how stiff it made the front end ride, and I do mean stiff. So I removed the brace.
After riding the GL1200 for a few days, and going back to my GL1500, there's an obvious difference in the handle-bar feel. The bars on the GL1200 do not feel overwhelmed, but in fact feel tight, whereas the GL1500 bars feel flimsy and lose. It's my theory that the tree bearings might be worn, but also my front tire as I've noticed that you could feel the front end trying to wobble on high leans (left or right). I inspected the front tire and you can see that there is an awkward wear pattern towards the outer edges of the tire. So I will replace the tire first to see if that's the culprit. If not, then I will remove both struts and check the tree. Seems far too easy to turn the handle bars, and they appear to wiggle a little when you oscillate the bars left and right, as though the wheel/tire itself does not immediately turn with the bars; feels like there's play left and right.
Has anyone ever solved the Goldwing wobble issue WITHOUT having to install the after-market strut brace?