Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Tie-Rod Operation Inspection
Pump the seat down and up 4 or 5 times, and inspect the
If the tie-rod [A] do not smoothly stroke or noise is found,
inspect the fasteners and tie-rod bearings (see Rocker
Arm/Tie-Rod Bearing, Sleeve Inspection in the Suspen-
Steering Play Inspection
Raise the front wheel off the ground with the jack (see
Front Wheel Removal in the Wheels/Tires chapter).
Special Tools - Jack: 57001-1238
Attachment Jack: 57001-1252
Jack Attachment: 57001-1608
With the front wheel pointing straight ahead, alternately
tap each end of the handlebars. 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
Upper Fairing (see Upper Fairing Removal in the Frame
Ignition Switch Cover (see Ignition Switch Cover Re-
moval in the Frame chapter)
Handlebars (see Handlebar Removal in the Steering
Steering Stem Head Bolt Plug [A]
Steering Stem Head Bolt [B] and Washer
Loosen the upper front fork clamp bolts [C].
Remove the stem head [D].
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