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I have a friend who has a 1200 goldwing I believe its a 1982. He says that if he goes over 20 mph he can't steer it anymore it locks up. I have changed the wheel bearings and wonder if anyone has had any exp. in this problem.
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If its a 1982 then it has to be a GL1100. I doubt if the steering lock is coming on, more likely the steering head bearings are overdue for replacement. Steering getting heavier as you pick up speed is a good sign of this. Needless to say, it's not at all safe to ride like this.

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Hopefully your friend understands counter steering and knows that to go right you actually turn the handlebars slightly to the left. If not here is a connection that explains it.

http://members.cox.net/vstar117/counter.htm
 

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cyberbo60 wrote:
I have a friend who has a 1200 goldwing I believe its a 1982. He says that if he goes over 20 mph he can't steer it anymore it locks up. I have changed the wheel bearings and wonder if anyone has had any exp. in this problem.
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John, you have some good in the posts above here. It could be a problem with the neck bearings but that usually doesn't suddly come in at 20 mph (anything is possible though).

The countersteering input is a great observation so explain that (or ride the bike in question yourself).

I will add one more-- I had my personal 1200 do something similar & it was due to a mudflap I had added to the lower rear of the front fender. At speed (not always the same speed though) it would blow back & when a bump was hit it would momentarily jam up on the lower radiator enclosure. Nothing a pair or aviation snips wouldn't cure though..

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Its a 1986 Goldwing. He knows how to ride so I dont think countersteering is an issue.
We changed the wheel bearings and going to take it for a spin to see what kind of lockup it is. I have a H/D so I have to ride this see what exactly the issue is. Thanks for all the input.
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cyberbo60 wrote:
He knows how to ride so I dont think countersteering is an issue.
Good I had to ask. I have seen more then one new rider lock up in turn because they did not understand this.
 

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maybe this question sounds dumb... but is it that he cannot turn the handlebars at this speed so that whichever direction he is heading cannot be altered?
 

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It really does sound like badly worn head bearings. A bad notchy spot could easily cause difficulty trying to steer. This isn'yt down to lack of riding experience.
 
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