2-38 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Rear Shock Absorber Oil Leak Inspection
Visually inspect the shock absorber [A] for oil leakage.
If the oil leakage is found on it, replace the shock absorber
with a new one.
Swingarm Pivot Lubrication
Remove the swingarm (see Swingarm Removal in the
Clean the old grease out of the bearings.
Apply grease to the inner surface of the needle bearings
Apply a thin coat of grease to the lips [B] of the grease
Install the swingarm (see Swingarm Installation in the
Steering Play Inspection
Raise the front wheel off the ground (see Front Wheel
Removal in the Wheels/Tires chapter).
With the front wheel pointing straight ahead, alternately
tap each end of the handlebar. The front wheel should
swing fully left and right 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 leads and cables are properly routed.
The bearings must be in good condition and properly
lubricated in order for any test to be valid.
Steering Play Adjustment
Windshield (see Windshield Removal in the Frame
Fairing (see Fairing Removal in the Frame chapter)