Do I need to go get some popcorn?
In most bikes with this problem, the problem usually lies within' the steering head bearing (if it is indeed a problem at all).
It's not something to worry about....unless....you make a habit of letting the handlebars go and ride no handed while you come to a complete stop. As long as there's some pressure on the bars it's a non-issue.
I know this. Because, I too suffer from Deceleration Head Shake. I'm ashamed and embarrassed of this debilitating condition, but with the support of others afflicted similarly, I'm sure we can soldier on bravely.
In all seriousness. The Uly does it. It doesn't bother me.
On the flip side....back when I still had an M, I sat on a VTX1300...I found it to be smaller and more cramped than the M. Something to think about.......
It's funny- all bikes have their own little quirks. On old bikes, quirks are what make it special. On new bikes, it's a class action suit. Which, with the VTX1300, didn't stick.
All mechanical things have natural vibrations, it's just a characteristic of the physical system that's made from masses, springs, and dampers. Motorcycles of course are subject to this effect too with the extreme effect being a tank slapper. Two considerations that control a front end shimmy are the tightness of the steering head bearing and steering dampers.
Since most bikes don't have steering dampers it's extremely important that the head bearing is properly adjusted. Even so, the possibility is always there, it's just waiting for the wrong surface conditions, a series of bumps, in a turn, and so on. Since I returned to biking I've read of a few incidents that made me aware of this issue. Not that I want to say that any bike with a little vibration will eventually have a tank slapper, but that a rider should be aware of any vibrations getting uncharacteristically worse.
As much as I've tried to get lost, everywhere I went, there I was.
just to let you guys know, there's a company called all balls, (parts unlimited also sells the bearings with the exact same part#) that has front steering bearings that will fix the wobble. the problem is that the stock steering bearings are standard ball bearings that offer no adjustment in pressure. the all balls bearings are tapered roller bearings, that are regularly used on dirt bikes, that will tighten as you increase torque on the lock nut. the part number for vtx1300 is #221020. these will solve the problem your all having.
your all welcome!!
I have an 02 VTX 1800 and while decelerating off the expressway if I loosen my grip completely it does wobble some. If I retain a normal grip it doesn't. "Doctor it hurts when I do this!" "Well don't do that!"
i'm studying the manual for a fork rebuild and neck regrease, resnug.
It might seem weird, but check your rear tire as well. I had a bad tire on the rear of a Honda Magna, and it did that to the front all the time until replaced. I redid all the stuff on the front end, and it didn't go away until the rear tire was replaced.
mine is in the shop now having the neck bearing replaced with the all balls tapered bearing which they told me that the all ball were the upgrade to the oem bearing put in at the manufacturer. So Honda knew/knows that there were a defect with these bearings. I have found with my research of the problem going all the way back to 2003. But they refuse to acknowledge it and they quit making the vtx's in 2009.
I have had the same difficulty with two of my VTX 1300C. I change out the roller bearings in the neck to tapered bearings from the VTX 1800C. this appears to work. I have not had anymore wobble in the front end at low speed. I am on my third VTX 1300C and about to change the bearings on this one as well. Let know if this works for others.