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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-26-2016, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help Video: 2015 Road Glide 40-50 MPH wobble

https://youtu.be/2fw2W2Bac0U

https://youtu.be/yxk59fW3Esc

So I need some help guys, long story short, some dumb broad turned out in front of me in February and after tens of thousands of dollars, a good stint in the hospital for me, and a few months at Adam Smith Harley for the bike I now have a head shake on decel anywhere between 50 and just below 40. The two YouTube videos are a mild example, it's often worse depending on gear and rate of decel.

The bike has been back to Adam Smith's Texas Harley in Bedford TX more times than I can count since I got it back from the initial repair. New forks new upper and lower triple trees, the lower comes with new bearings, upper does not. New front Dunlop after the wreck, the frame is supposedly not damaged. But the upper bearing, axle, wheel and wheel bearings were not replaced even though the forks were completely folded and the impact was bad enough for the radio to push through the outer fairing. Service dept says "it's a good representation of the brand" that they don't see anything wrong when riding it, and to keep my hands on the bars. They were willing to check swing away said it was in spec, but would snug it up more. The wobble stopped at 40-50, but would weave like it was dodging cones below 20.

After fighting with them for most of the summer, I started throwing parts at it myself. Progressive monotubes up front, 944s in the rear, swapped the dunlops for a new set of metzler 888s. Rechecked everything, had Harley recheck the head adjustment, changed back and forth with stock bars. Everything improved the ride, the wobble got less pronounced, but it's still there and I've had it up to my eyes with Adam Smith. Finally broke down and bought a GoPro, and just dropped the bike off again with video proof of the problem they can't reproduce.

I need ideas. Bike didn't have a problem before the accident, been on a few rentals and demo bikes, and haven't found another Rushmore framed bike with the dreaded Road Glide wobble. What is wrong with my scooter? I'm tired of throwing my hard earned money at the problem and don't want to take the massive loss on a trade in, especially after months on disability recovering. I sure hope y'all can point me in the right direction.

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Have you checked the fall away yourself ? Don't just take their word for it.

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If its all good see what they will give you for trade in..take your parts off first or as part of the deal...just me..good luck, ride safe that's scary..and please, no need to video a worse example...

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Big Gary, I've checked it according to the service manual, and it appears to be in spec by the stupid cardboard and marksalot method, but the swing away check on the older bikes is about 2 swings which is higher than the 1.5 I've heard is correct for the pre Rushmores. I can't seem to find any updated specs for the Rushmores and I don't know if they've actually fixed the issue on the new frames or if no ones put enough miles on one to loosen em up and complain yet.

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Master gunner, that's the next step, dropped it off tonight, if they give me the same line of bs or it shakes when I leave the lot, I'm raising some more hell and taking my business elsewhere if they don't make it right. Between the insurance money and what I've thrown at it I could've just bought another bike. The wreck repair was almost $13k and the dealer should have pushed for a total loss, but they swore the frame was fine and that it'd be just like new...

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Master gunner, that's the next step, dropped it off tonight, if they give me the same line of bs or it shakes when I leave the lot, I'm raising some more hell and taking my business elsewhere if they don't make it right. Between the insurance money and what I've thrown at it I could've just bought another bike. The wreck repair was almost $13k and the dealer should have pushed for a total loss, but they swore the frame was fine and that it'd be just like new...
Too late now, that sounds odd though..man 13K? whats the percentage of value for a total these days? Who is your insurance with?

Also Id check the work order when it comes out..it should have the swing away value listed on it..just to make sure they dont just tighten the crap out of it..not that they would..no

Heck, if its as good as new they should give you a good valuation on it..if nothing else just to see what they would say...

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I've got GEICO, but the woman who caused the wreck had State Farm and it takes 75% to get them to total. I was just a hair under.
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Big Gary, I've checked it according to the service manual, and it appears to be in spec by the stupid cardboard and marksalot method, but the swing away check on the older bikes is about 2 swings which is higher than the 1.5 I've heard is correct for the pre Rushmores. I can't seem to find any updated specs for the Rushmores and I don't know if they've actually fixed the issue on the new frames or if no ones put enough miles on one to loosen em up and complain yet.
I have mine set to under 1 swing, but it's a pre-Rushmore. I've seen some guys loosen the pinch bolts on the trees before adjusting the neck bearings, then re-tighten after the neck nut is torqued. It's supposed to true everything up better .

If the wobble continues, I'd insist on new races & bearings in the neck. That , or take the hit on the trade in.

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