Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Tie-Rod Operation Inspection
Pump the seat down and up 4 or 5 times, and inspect the
If the tie-rods [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-
Lubrication of Rear Suspension
Tie-Rod Pivot Lubrication
Tie-Rods [A] (see Tie-Rod Removal in the Suspension
Grease Seals [B]
Using a high flash-point solvent, clean the old grease out
of the needle bearings [D].
Apply plenty of grease to the inner surface of the needle
Replace the grease seals with new ones.
Apply grease to the oil seal lips.
Install the removed parts (see appropriate chapters).
Steering Play Inspection
Raise the front wheel off the ground with the front stand
or the webbing sling.
With the front wheel pointing straight ahead, alternately
push each end of the handlebar. Confirm the front wheel
should swing lightly left and right until the fork hits the
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.
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