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Old 03-10-2013, 10:07 PM   #16
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IDGAF why or when any bike wobbles
I woundn't want a bike that does......
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:23 PM   #17
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IDGAF why or when any bike wobbles
I woundn't want a bike that does......
Try a 1985 V65 Sabre at speed with a 120+ HP in a 1980's frame, front leading forks and a wheel base as long as a Goldwing, that will scare the crap out of you; the Harley is easy
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:34 PM   #18
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There are people that sail the world with every gyroscopic thingy in their gazillion dollar boat that lets them feel like they're flying in a 747 at 30,000 feet and there are those that do it in a 27 foot boat.

BTW I've been drinking Jack
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:53 PM   #19
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BTW I've been drinking Jack
That's been known to induce death wobble too. :)
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:55 PM   #20
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I have been on bikes with High Speed Wobbles from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, BMW and Harley-Davidson.

All of them were my own damn fault for not adjusting the pre-load on the rear shocks.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:52 AM   #21
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I've seen them wobble past me on the freeway. A buddy has a 2007 and he says it's a wobbling sumbiatch, but he's run a '55 gasser to 200 mph in the quarter and just doesn't care, said he has had it to 135 mph indicated and it just wobbles. Something about a rubber mounted swingarm is what he says about it?

Yes, in the older touring Harleys rear tanny mount is on the swingarm pivot. So when you get any sort of crossload you end up with the swingarm and the trnasmission flexing around and it does NASTY shit. (Not sure on the +09s I haven't looked at them really)

I did ONE shakedown run on my ex's 1996 ultra and my next stop was finding a bagger brace because at 65mph around a relatively shallow corner (four lane divided with a 70mph speed limit) the damn thing nearly tossed me. Wasn't a speed wobble I had already run the bike up to redline in 5th...it was true there. I had finished rebuilding the front suspension and putting new shocks on the tail and knew good and damn well it wasn't head shake. Took about 4 minutes to figure out what the issue was, and I could get it to repeat that experience down to 45mph with "just"" the right lean angle.

Batwings and New Mexico winds aren't alot of fun either I may add, but that wasn't the issue (that time) me and that bike had a complicated relationship.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:31 AM   #22
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I wouldn't call it a wobble, but my '09 EG can feel pretty squirrely if the rear shocks aren't aired up properly. There is a nice set of esses that I get to go through whenever I leave my local Harley shop. There aren't a lot of fun curves in north Texas, so I tend to hustle through those pretty good whenever I get the chance. I've been through there on a bunch of different bikes with no problem, but the first time I did it on the EG, it was all over the place. When I got home, I checked the manual and aired up the suspension to where it should be set with my 210lbs on it, and it's been fine ever since. I've never had a problem on the highway, but then I never run above 80 either.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:16 AM   #23
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Death wobble? Has anyone ever actually crashed because of a HD wobble?
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:30 AM   #24
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I have been on bikes with High Speed Wobbles from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, BMW and Harley-Davidson.

All of them were my own damn fault for not adjusting the pre-load on the rear shocks.
How should the preload be adjusted to ensure it doesn't happen. I wouldn't know where to begin.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:40 AM   #25
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How should the preload be adjusted to ensure it doesn't happen. I wouldn't know where to begin.

Why you asking him? He said right there he wobbled through five brands of bikes and never adjusted his suspension.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:54 AM   #26
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Those Harley riders must be pretty awesome. You know, to put thousands of miles on those dangerous bikes without crashing every day. Maybe its only a death wiggle. Or a death quiver.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:58 AM   #27
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Oh yeah, buddy with the '07 geezer glide just recently swapped out the shocks, oil ran out on the ground when he laid the stockers on the floor. He went with progressives and is much happier, said it still wiggles though.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:03 AM   #28
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They all do that. No really, at some speed or another all of them will pick up a wobble.
ALL Harleys wobble at speed?!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:06 AM   #29
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Death wobble? Has anyone ever actually crashed because of a HD wobble?
I'd have to think so... think about all those who don't ride much (probably the same ones who came up with "death wobble" ). Inexperience and poor judgment won't get you very far on any kind of motorcycle.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #30
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ALL Harleys wobble at speed?!
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