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I HAD TIRES PUT ON MY 2006 GL 1800 AND NOW I HAVE A SWAY AT HIGH SPEEDS

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Things to check/try.
1) Increase tire pressure to 35 psi front and rear. If the pressure is higher than that now, try a lower pressure just to check for a change.
2) Inspect the line on the tire to the edge of the rim to make sure the tire is seated on the rim correctly. If the tire is not seated correctly take it back to the dealer or take off the wheel , debead it, lubricate the bead, and reseat the tire on the rim til it is mounted correctly.
3) Put the bike on the center stand and turn the handle bars from lock to lock. Feel for notching or bumping. If the handle bar has a tendency to fall into a straight ahead position, you have worn steering head bearings. They will need to be replaced.
4) Adjust your steering head bearing. If you experience strange vibrations at different speeds, a deceleration wobble, or steering head knocking over bumps or during braking , your steering head bearing is probably too loose. Tighten it just to the point of binding and loosen it just enough so the bar turns smoothly with out binding.
5) Goldwing's have been known to be very hard on wheel bearings. I have known riders that regularly replace the wheel bearings at 10,000 to 20,000 mile intervals (mostly on the GL1200).Bad bearings can make the steering feel loose.
6) If the problem still persists double check the rear swing arm pivot bearings for tightness.
With any luck one of these checks will fix your issue. Many mechanics short cut the 600 mile check up and skip adjusting the steering head bearing. This has been the cause of problems for many a rider.

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It could be a defect tire meaning its off balance from factory

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

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I found the Honda manual is for stock tires. Go to the tire manufacture's website, and use their specs. My Metzlers tracked better at 41-42 psi front, and 44-45 psi rear. Those are Metzler specs. Your tire may be different.

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