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26 ADJUSTMENT-CHASSIS
BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH
The front brake light
switch, built into
the
front
brake
lever
holder, is
non-adjustable.
However,
the rear
brake
light
switch, activated by
a
spring attached to the
brake
pedal,
requires
periodic adjustment to compensate
for any
change in
spring shape or
tension.
•Check
the operation
of the switch by turning on
the
ignition switch
and
depressing
the
brake pedal. The
brake
light
should go on after
15
mm of pedal travel.
A.
Rear
Brake Light Switch
•Adjust
the switch
so
that the brake
light
wil
l
go on
after
the proper amount of brake
pedal travel.
Raising
the
switch
wil
l
make
the light
go on
after
less travel;
lowering
it will
require
more
travel.
Adjustment
is
·
made by turning the
adjusting
nut
on
the switch body.
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switch body during adjustment.
A.
Adjusting
Nut
STEERING
For safety,
the
steering should
always
be kept ad·
justed so
that the
handlebar will turn
freely
but have
no
play.
If the steering is too tight, it will be difficult to turn
the
handlebar
quickly,
t
he
motorcycle may pull
to one
side, and
the
steering stem bearings may become dam·
aged.
If the steering
is
too loose, the
handlebar
will
vibrate and the
motorcycle
will be
unstable
and difficult
to steer
in
a straight
line.
To check
the steering adjustment, first place a
stand
or block
under
.
t he engine
so
that the
front wheel is
raised
off the ground.
Push
the
handlebar
lightly
to
each side; if it
continues
moving under its own
momen-
tum,
the steering
is
not too
tight.
Squatting
in
front
of the motorcycle, grasp
the lower ends
of the
front
fork
at
the
axle, and push and pull the
fork
end back and
forth;
if
play
is
felt, the steering
is
too
loose.
To
adjust the steering:
•Put the motorcycle
up
on its center stand, and jack
or prop
up
the
engine so that
the front
wheel will be
off the ground.
•Remove the fuel
tank
(Pg. 39)
to avoid
damaging the
painted
surface.
•Loosen the front fork
lower
clamp bolts
{2)
to free the
fork tubes
from the
steering
stem
during adjustment.
A. Lower Clamp Bolt
•Loosen the steering stem
head
bolt and head clamp
bolt, and back out the steering stem
locknut
using
the
stem
nut wrench
{special tool)
1 or 2 turns until
it turns without
drag.
NOTE:
Do
not back out the steering stem locknut
more
than
a
couple
of
turns.
If the locknut
is backed
off
too
far,
the
bearing balls
in
the steering stem may
fall out of place.
This will
necessitate
steering stem
removal
and
installation.

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