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Old 05-19-2011, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Touring models and death wobble??

I'm a newbie, so forgive me if this has been discussed in other threads. A co-worker sent me this link. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

Some Harley Motorcycles Plagued By 'Death Wobble' - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have an 04 and have never experienced this. In fact, I think my RG tracks beautifully. Can't speak for the new frames though.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have an 09 FLTR and never experienced anything like what is mentioned in the article.
In fact this is the best bike I have ever owned. Tracks straight and handles corners wonderfully.
Maybe the poeple who have had problems are not taking care of thier bike. Checking tire pressure and a quick inspection prior to every ride can save alot of money and maybe a life. My
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have experienced the wobble and tankslapper on every motorcycle I ever owned. Most not Harleys. It is ALWAYS due to low tire pressure, loose spokes, incorrect steering head bearing tension, worn bushings, and laundry list of causes. Millions of Harleys are made, a few are not serviced properly. Those few have problems. News makes up a bullsht story. I saw it on the news, it must be true. Dee, Da, Deeee Did you know Harleys leak oil? Mine has never leaked a drop, something must be wrong with it! Harleys also break down all the time. Again something must be wrong with mine, in 8 years and 30,000 miles my bike has NEVER broke down. Harleys fall apart, again, something must be wrong with mine. Rant over, look out the sky is falling.......................
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've been through it on my Honda interceptor.....never on my E-G...
and i've had it very close to 100 mph......

I did notice that Beemer was mentioned in that article......
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have had the wobble, It was the same as riding in a rut just lasted longer. It's just like anything, don't freak out and do the wrong thing.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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If there was any truth to that story wouldn't most of us crashed already? The sun is back out. Have to push my space ship out of the garage to recharge it!
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have had the wobble at high speed on my 08 ultra Classic and it does get the heart rate up there. I hit a pothole in the rain (probably running too fast for the conditions) and assumed that striking the PH was the culprit. I rode it out and the bike straightened up and came out of it. The back end did do a nice "I'm showing you who the boss is come-around" but as someone said, you just have to ride it out and try not to freak out.

I must admit, I did expect to go down while I was trying to get it under control. The bike came out of it on it's own, I only had to hang on and not do something stupid!


P.S. I've been riding for 48 years (mostly Harleys) and this was the first and only time it has happened to me. As someone said, I would never say never.
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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On my 3rd Harley and never had a wobble on any of them...but I have had a few wobbles leaving a few assorted bars over the years.
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