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My '06 Wing has a bad fork twitch when I lean her over and hit a bump or two. For instance, when I make a sharp right angle turn into the the slight upgrade leading into a gas station, the fork flex is instant and sharply felt.

I went higher on the air pressure to the monoshock in the rear to make sure that wasn't the problem. The extra air pressure - from 4lbs to 8lbs, helped only slightly in quelling the fork twitch. The ride also becomes too hard at the 8lb point.

I intend to get a good fork brace put on the Wing, hoping that will cure the problem.

I'm wondering if anyone else with a Wing has noticed a weakness in those front tubes?

(Yes, the mechanic says everything in the rear and front is tightened to factory specs.)
 

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How is the tire pressure?

Edit: If the stem bearing preload is too tight, the bearing is sticking, or if an aftermarket roller bearing is added with too much preload, it could result in the steering being twitchy.
 

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The stock suspension isn't very good at all. I ran it at 25 solo and still had a light front end. A fork brace helped a bit.
Traxxion rebuild at both ends eliminated all twitch, high-speed instability, and decel wobbles completely.
And no, Traxxion didn't give me a discount; I did get a t-shirt though.
 

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It strikes me as strange that Honda's flagship touring bike has barely
adequate suspension from the factory.. It sure makes me wonder..

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7400 miles and no twitch on mine, I would check all the triple tree bolts and axle and pinch bolts. I have heard of not quite tight enough ones from the factory. :shock:
 

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I don't think the hydraulic preload of the rear shock is going to help your front end twitch much. Do look for loose hardware, but also suspect a deformed o borken front spring or damaged slider. The fork brace is going to be a bandaide fix at best; even with forks in good conditon they are a minimal improvement IMHO.

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My suspension is just fine on my '05. :D :D

It's a touring bike, not a sport bike. :wink: :wink:

later..Randy
 

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The stock suspension isn't very good at all. I ran it at 25 solo and still had a light front end. A fork brace helped a bit.
Traxxion rebuild at both ends eliminated all twitch, high-speed instability, and decel wobbles completely.
And no, Traxxion didn't give me a discount; I did get a t-shirt though.
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No, I don't have any high-speed instability or decel wobbles. I merely have that bad twitch when doing a relatively slow right angle turn.

Believe me, if I had any speed wobbles or a really bad front end problem, the dealer would have gotten it back.
 

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A Kuryakyn fork brace is the cure for this exact problem.

"Twitchy" can mean a couple of things, but most usually people use this term referring to a sportbike that has too aggressive of chassis geometry. It is the opposite of stable.

"Twisty" or "Flexy" might be a better word. The beauty of a fork brace is that it installs in minutes, makes an immediate and noticeable improvement in reducing twist, never wears out, and requires no maintenance. Now that is a great upgrade!

It will take away the lazy steering on the freeway as well. You can move the handlebars back and forth on the freeway and the wing won't even budge. That is "flex". Put the brace on and move the bars, and the bike will respond. Big improvement.
 

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I have the same problem and I have a Super Brace on my 02. When you take a right turn as discribed, front end seems very flexable. Front end hardware is tight, no leaks, no other problems with tracking at speed etc. Just a flexing feeling when making those slow turns into gas stations, curb entrance etc....
 

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INTHEWIND said:
My suspension is just fine on my '05. :D :D

It's a touring bike, not a sport bike. :wink: :wink:

later..Randy
To some it's just a Touring Bike, to me it is definitely the Ultimate Sport Touring Bike :!: :!: :wink:
 

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Arn Butt Bill said:
The stock suspension isn't very good at all. I ran it at 25 solo and still had a light front end. A fork brace helped a bit.
Traxxion rebuild at both ends eliminated all twitch, high-speed instability, and decel wobbles completely.
And no, Traxxion didn't give me a discount; I did get a t-shirt though.
:lol:...I got the T-shirt too...love the saying on the back.."It ain't braggin' if you can back it up!"...love it.... :lol:
 

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INTHEWIND said:
Paul,
I guess you have never been on a FJR then??

later..Randy
Yep checked one out when I was trying to make up my mind on which bike to buy. Very nice bike, but the back seat just doesn't cut it for the wife :wink:

As the saying goes, "If Momma ain't Happy...."
 

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The Kury fork brace fixed my twisty forks. I highly reccommend it!
 

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INTHEWIND said:
Paul,
I guess you have never been on a FJR then??

later..Randy
Yep checked one out when I was trying to make up my mind on which bike to buy. Very nice bike, but the back seat just doesn't cut it for the wife :wink:

As the saying goes, "If Momma ain't Happy...."
Same here - she be very happy now :D

She rode on our Hayabusa for four years!!!!!
 

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Just wanted to add that you talked about air pressure. You are not adjusting air pressure on the rear shock. It is not air operated. Those numbers are just referance points for spring pre-load. It will change the handling slightly just because it changes the rear ride height.
 
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