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My bike feels like I have a low rear tire flat. I did notice a wobble at 40mph. not able to maintain control of the bike at times making me reduce to speed of 20 mph

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Hi,check suspention damper and bushes,and check wheel bearings.
hope this was some help,all the best.

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SOURCE: my 700 night halk seems a bit loose

Your steering head bearings may be loose or need to be replaced. Fork damage would also cause this. You can download a general Honda service manual here
Chapter 18 shows how to service your forks & steering stem. Haynes & Clymer also made manuals for your motorcycle, either shows the procedure in detail.

Depending on what the problem is, this could lead to catastrophic failure of your steering at an unexpected moment. I urge you to fix it as soon as possible.

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SOURCE: wobbles

Most probably the balance, as Tina said. Could also be that they didn't fit the wheel correctly and it's running slightly on either the left or right side of the tire - let's call it the "vertical alignment" that is out. He must take it back to the dealer and ask him very politely (with a tire-iron if necessary LOL) to fix it properly.

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SOURCE: front end slow speed wobble

First off - Did you take the whole front end off to install the lowers? If you did - did you tighten the Main locking washer on the uppper triple tree to the correct specs? You might want to raisee the bike off the ground with a scissor jack under the frame and then with someone holding the bike steady see if you can move the front tire sideways or up and down. This is will tell you if that locking washer is loose or maybe a bad bearing in the front end triple tree

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SOURCE: fxdwg wobbles at 75+mph

with a taller tire in the rear you have changed the rake in the front. Also could be neck bearings/fall away adjustment,rim trueness or tire balancing

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SOURCE: 2006 FLSTCI, 10125 mi, when running 55 or above

The first thing I'd do is have the wheels and tires balanced. When they spin them up, they can tell if there is any wheel "truing" problems as well.

Then, they or you must make sure the rear wheel is in alignment within the swing arm. Make sure that the adjuster bolts on either side of the swingarm are adjusted to about the same length.

Good luck

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At low speed have a wobbly feeling

Generally, low-speed wobbles are caused by defective tires.
Look at your tires' tread and run your hand over each tire. If you can see (or feel) the tread shift away from the normal pattern, it's likely the tire has a broken belt (most tires have a steel radial belt the wraps around the tire, which is buried underneath the tread) - occasionally they can separate from the tire, causing a terrible wobble-ley feeling. (Ever seen those strips of tread on the highway? that is the result of not having the problem fixed when first noticed).
It could also be other problems such as a loose front-end, the tire being out-of-balance, or your car wheels not being aligned properly.
If you're not comfortable checking yourself, I suggest having a mechanic or automotive technician take a look.

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Bike wobbles at 40mph when I'm letting off the throttle. Bike has new tires,brakes,steering stem bearings and still wobbles. need help!

Sounds like Wheel bearings, have you checked em?, Balance your tyres??
Have you considered it being the bike Vibrating, some things have an accoustic Tune point??

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What tire pressure should I use in my mountain bike tires?

The appropriate mountain bike tire pressure can vary significantly between rider to rider and tire setup to tire setup. Trail conditions and the type of terrain can also greatly effect what tire pressure you should run.
The real trick is to find out exactly what mountain bike tire pressure works best for you and your setup under normal conditions. You can then learn to adjust this pressure for different trails and terrain as needed.

Here's the best way I have found to get to the right pressure for your setup:

Find a good reliable pressure gauge or a pump with a pressure gauge. Use this same gauge or pump the whole time you are making adjustments. Gauges are notoriously inaccurate so if you switch around it will make things much more difficult.

Start with a higher pressure somewhere around 40-50 psi (3-3.5 bar)for for 2.2-2.3 inch tires. For tubeless systems, start much lower, 30 to 40 psi. The heavier you are or the smaller your tires, the higher pressure you should start with. Ride with this pressure for a while and get a feel for how the tires hook up in corners and on loose dirt.

Now, drop the pressure by 5 psi (0.35 bar) in each tire. Once again get a feel for how this new setup rides and compare it to the previous setting. You should feel some improvement in tire hookup with the ground and a little more stability. If you don't notice any difference drop the pressure by another 5 psi (0.35 bar).

What you want to find is the lowest pressure you can ride without sacrificing pinch flat resistance. You get a pinch flat when your tire rolls over an object and compresses to the point where the tire and tube literally get pinched between the object and the rim of the wheel. This commonly results in a snake bite or double puncture in the tube.

Continue to reduce tire pressure by 3-5 psi (0.1-0.3 bar) until you feel the tires are hooking up well. If you go too far, you will start getting pinch flats, so stop dropping pressure in your tires as soon as you feel you have good control or you no longer notice any improvement between pressure drops.

If you start feeling your rims contact objects or if you start getting pinch flats, raise the pressure back up in small intervals.

In tubeless systems, since you don't have to worry about pinch flats so much, you can run much lower pressures and some occasional rim contact is OK, but if you start denting your rims, burping air out along the bead, or if you feel the tire roll under the rim during hard cornering, you have gone too low.

There is another balance you play with tire pressure. Lower pressure does increase rolling resistance. However, some argue, the increased control and climbing traction makes up for the extra effort needed to compensate for the extra rolling resistance. I lean toward running nearly as low pressure as you can get away with. Cross country racers may decide to sacrifice a little control for a little better efficiency.

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2006 FLSTCI, 10125 mi, when running 55 or above bike may start "wobbling", feels like rear tire is low but it isn't. Slowing down makes it ride normal.

The first thing I'd do is have the wheels and tires balanced. When they spin them up, they can tell if there is any wheel "truing" problems as well.

Then, they or you must make sure the rear wheel is in alignment within the swing arm. Make sure that the adjuster bolts on either side of the swingarm are adjusted to about the same length.

Good luck

Sep 14, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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Handling seems alittle loose

I wouldn't think one as new as yours would have swingarm problems. Have you checked your air shocks lately? The FLHTC has air assisted suspension on the front and rear as best as I can remember.

One other thing, I have heard people complain about Dunlop tires. They say that they don't like them because of that problem. I've never noticed a problem with Dunlops but I ride a Wide Glide. I have recently changed to Metzler 880's tires. They seem to handle well but the braking is not too good on them. The rear tire will lock up and never make a sound. You don't know it's locked until the bike tries to go sideways a bit. Not good.

Good Luck

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2001 jeepgrand cherokee wobbles and shakes @low speed

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1984 Goldwing Aspencade wobbles when I slow down to make a turn about 10mph

Most wobbling at lower speeds are from worn wheel bearings, tires out of balance, or a bent rim. Place the bike up on the center stand (if you have one) and have someone hold the handlebars in place while you move the wheel side to side. If you can feel movement, the wheel bearings are bad. If no movement is felt, rotate the tire and watch for wobbling. Make note if the rim appears to wobble at the same time the tire does. Do the same procedure for the rear wheel as well...If you have further questions, feel free to ask...hope this helps

Jun 27, 2009 | 1984 Honda GL 1200 Aspencade Gold Wing

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Front end wobble/shake when at low speed or in a corner.

There can be a few issues going on that will cause this.
(1) Bad wheel bearings
(2) Warped rotors
(3) Bent front rim

First thing to do is get the bike up on the center stand, or bike jack so the front end is off the ground. You may need someone to push down on the rear to get the front tire off the ground.
Grab the tire and try to move it side to side. If you feel movement, then you will need to have the bearings replaced.
Next rotate the tire and watch for wobble in either the wheel, or the rotors. The shop that replaced the tire should have noted a rim problem when they balanced the tire if that was the issue.
Warped rotors will give a very pronounced wobble at low speeds, and more of a vibration at higher speeds, and it will be most noticeable when braking.
If you have run into anything with any force lately, you may have a bent front axle. I'm assuming that is not the issue.
...word of advice...find a good bike mechanic. Most auto mechs have no clue when it comes these Goldwings.
Hope this helps...Ride Safe...Have Fun

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