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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Handling Problem on 2016 Wing

The handling on my 2016 Goldwing suddenly got squirrelly at low speed.

Also, as I engage the front brake and the bike's weight is transferred to the front, I can hear a "pop"; I can also feel it in the handgrips. As the bike comes to a stop and the weight moves off the front forks, I hear the "pop" again.

Speed is not a factor. This will happen at parking lot speed. Low speed handling has gotten squirrelly too. Does this sound like the anti-dive valve is not working? Perhaps something else? What do you think?

p.s. 11K miles. Have not detected any leaking fluid.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 10:02 AM
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Check the top and bottom triple tree pinch bolts for proper torque.
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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 10:23 AM
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To me that sounds (pop) like a seriously loose steering stem.

I would put the bike on centerstand and strap the stand forward to an engine guard, then jack under engine to get the front wheel off the ground. Then straddle the front wheel and pull forward and up on the wheel. Watch for wiggle movement at lower tree to frame.

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I'd ride to my favorite Honda dealer. 16 must still be under warranty?
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The handling on my 2016 Goldwing suddenly got squirrelly at low speed.

Also, as I engage the front brake and the bike's weight is transferred to the front, I can hear a "pop"; I can also feel it in the handgrips. As the bike comes to a stop and the weight moves off the front forks, I hear the "pop" again.

Speed is not a factor. This will happen at parking lot speed. Low speed handling has gotten squirrelly too. Does this sound like the anti-dive valve is not working? Perhaps something else? What do you think?

p.s. 11K miles. Have not detected any leaking fluid.
Sounds like someone forgot to tighten the steering neck.

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As others have stated this sounds a lot like a loose steering head. Probably wasn't torqued correctly at assembly or the race wasn't seated properly at assembly and has set in over time making the loose condition.

There should be no clunk on deceleration no matter how hard.
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Thanks, guys. Took the Wing to the dealership yesterday. Hard to believe that something wasn't torqued properly at the Honda factory, but I guess it's possible. I'll post up how this works out.

Dealership Service Dept probably won't even get to it until next week. I still have my 2009 Wing to ride, so I'm good.

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I still have my 2009 Wing to ride, so I'm good.
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Hard to believe that something wasn't torqued properly at the Honda factory, but I guess it's possible...
It's very possible, mine were loose from new!
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On my st1300 the nuts were just sitting on the top treads.
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