Check steering as follows.
Use the jack [A], the attachment jack [B] under the frame
pipe ribs [C], and a commercially available jack [D] under
the engine [E] to lift the front wheel [F] off the ground.
Special Tools - Jack: 57001-1238
Attachment Jack: 57001-1398
With the front wheel pointing straight ahead, alternately
tap each end of the handlebar. The front wheel should
swing fully right and left from the force of gravity until the
fork hits the stop.
If the wheel binds or catches before the stop, the steering
is too tight.
Feel for steering looseness by pushing and pulling [A] the
If you feel looseness, the steering is too loose.
The cables and wiring will have some effect on the mo-
tion of the fork which must be taken into account. Be
sure the wires and cables are properly routed.
The bearings must be in good condition and properly
lubricated in order for any test to be valid.
Adjust the steering if necessary.
Unscrew the handlebar holder nuts [A] and take off the
holder and handlebar [B] as a set.
Loosen the front fork clamp bolts (upper) [A] on both sides
and the stem head nut [B] to free the fork inner tubes from
the steering stem.