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] does not smoothly stroke or noise is
found, inspect the fasteners and tie-rod bearings (see
Rocker Arm/Tie-Rod Bearing, Sleeve Inspection in the
Steering Play Inspection
Remove the lower fairing (see Lower Fairing Removal in
the Frame chapter).
Raise the front wheel off the ground with the jack (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
Upper Fairing Bracket (see Upper Fairing Bracket Re-
moval in the Frame chapter)
Handlebar (see Handlebar Removal in the Steering
Steering Stem Head Bolt Plug [A]
Steering Stem Head Bolt [B]
Upper Front Fork Clamp Bolts [C] (Loosen)
Stem Head [D]
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