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Bike runs great but as I hit the open road the bike seems to "float" or top heavy to me. I am not confident in the way the bike handles at speeds of 55 mph or higher, any ideas...what causes this "floating" I seem to experience at 55 Mph or higher. Thanks, Go Mike Go1

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  • gomikego1 Jun 27, 2009

    My Goldwing is a 1990 has cast aluminum wheels, so no spokes.
    I have replaced front wheel bearings, new Metzeler 880 tires, front and rear, all just replaced two weeks ago.
    Could it be too much air in rear shock, currently at about 18 lbs...or worn shocks in front..??
    Not sure what the soultion may be...any ideas???

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This happens when the wheels are out of alignment, should be able to fix by strategically tightening and loosening spoke.
Conceptually, tuning a wheel is not difficult. It just takes a bit of practice. You can do it with a small open end wrench, but a spoke wrench is essential for anything other than occasional tweaking. Not using a properly sized spoke wrench presents the risk of rounding the spoke nipple. Anyway, you will notice that spokes are arranged at the rim in groups of four, two each from left and right hub flanges. Tightening this group of four will pull this section of rim towards the hub. Tightening the two connected to left or right flange will pull that section of rim to the left or right. Generally work in small increments of 1/4 or 1/2 turn of a spoke nipple until you get a good feel of how the wheel responds. This is usually performed on a truing stand. You can use your bike as a makeshift truing stand as necessary.

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