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As ya'll are aware I totally like my wing. The only complaint i have is that when you let go of the bars(grabing something or adjusting something) the bars shake tremendously, under 40mph. After 40 you can let go all day but for some reason they shake under 40. Anybody know why?

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Actually there has been much discussion about this, up to and including mention of a lawsuit. There are opinions that either the wheel bearings or steering head bearings adjustment or replacement can fix the problem, but nothing totally definitive. Just do a search on front wheel wobble and you should bring up some discussions on it.

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The front wheel wobble has been around since the first Goldwings. There are all kinds of different theories as to why most GWs shake from 30-45 mph, some can be cured by head bearing adjustment, some by different tires, some by fork braces, but one thing for certain, as long as you keep your hand on at least one handlebar, it doesn't shake, so I don't take my hands off totally until I'm doing over 50 mph.

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Thanks. I will do some lookin' around. I wonder if a ohlin damper would help? That would seem easier than messing with the wheel bearings and steering head.

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I will say that on my 1200, I don't have a wobble for the first 5K-6K miles on new tires, then it starts showing up.

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As ya'll are aware I totally like my wing. The only complaint i have is that when you let go of the bars(grabing something or adjusting something) the bars shake tremendously, under 40mph. After 40 you can let go all day but for some reason they shake under 40. Anybody know why?
Yep, because there is something wrong with it.

If its new, take back to the dealer and play merry hell and demand satisfaction. If its not new, check out the threads on here as suggested.



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My 1100 had that shake, but my 1500 shows no signs of it at all.

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Must have been all those wheelies you were doing Be cool.....just messing with you a bit! I have my own idea about front end wobble with bikes. The wing is not the only one that does this.....lots of various bikes develop this. My new Wing is steady and true.....the factory dunlops do like to do the cakewalk on grooved pavement.....but back to the wobble. Tires can and do cause this......that is one for sure cause.
Bearings? okay.......put in tapered or better bearings and tighten them down......tension does control the wobble but does not get to the root of the problem.

I have always felt......and experience on several bikes.......some kind of out of alignment situation where the rear is not in alignment with the front....one works against the other.......and is quite noticeable at low speeds.......as speeds increase and the gyro effect gets going good.......it just goes away........

Know how to stretch a string around the front tire and pull it taunt with the rear? If not you can do a search for this and it will show up for you........this situation used to be very common on the bikes I grew up riding(Harleys.......shhhhhhhh!!!) sometimes it would be bad...sometimes not so bad.....depends on how well you got the rear tire lined up after a tire change or adjustment of chain or belt. But would cause the front to wobble at low speeds...........and again at extreme high speed........that is called a tank slapper........not a fun deal!!

Check your front to rear alignment.......if a new tire does not work......Just my penny's worth ........have not had a wing long......but had lots of bikes........I suppose on the wing if found to be out of line......shims.......or spacers.....would work. Kit

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Thanks Kit I will try those suggestions. And I have been trying to keep the wheel down.

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There was also some discussion about it in this month's Wing World magazine, pretty much what the GWRRA guru had to say about it was it thoughtto do with the rake and length and weight of the bike had something to do with it. Like I said before, there are many different theories, and a lot of different cures or fixes.

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