Weebles wobble but they won’t fall down” may apply to bottom-heavy, egg-shaped children’s toys but the same definitely can’t be said when you find yourself hammering through a sweeper on your rubber mounted touring bike with the back end shimmying and shaking like a hula skirt. Chances are, if you don’t pull out of the speed wobble correctly, you’ll fall down.
We all love the comfort of a long haul bagger. And while Harley recently somewhat addressed the bagger high-speed wobble with the redesign of its 2009 Touring frames (we say somewhat because we’ve still encountered the shakes on a few ’09s we’ve ridden), the older models can really get you to pucker up, if you know what we mean.
We were recently hanging out at F’NA Cycle and Performance in San Bernardino, California, talking shop when Clark, the owner, mentioned he had a product, the Accu Trak, which helped reduce the often ill fated speed-wobble many bagger owners experience. Designed to minimize rear steer/speed wobble, the Accu Trak is made of 3/16-inch mild steel components and features an adjustable dual heim joint link, which bolts together at the rear of the drivetrain and front of the swingarm to help keep the engine from moving laterally in its rubber mounts when in turns. Of course we had to see how it installed and go for a test ride on a ’05 Road Glide.