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ADJUSTM ENT --CHASSIS
FRONT FORK
The front forks can be adjusted to any air pressure
within the usable range to suit
various
riding and load
conditions. They can be
adjusted
to lower
air
pressure
for
cruising on smooth
roads,
but should be adjusted
to
higher pressure
for
high speed riding, or
riding
on bad
roads.
Before making any adjustments, however,
read
the procedures in this chapter.
To check the front forks:
.Put the motorcycle up on
its
center stand.
• Raise
the front wheel
off the ground by using a jack at
the
specified location. All weight must be off the
front
wheel.
A. Place the
jack
at
this
location.
.
Remove the rubber cover and air valve cap, and check
the air pressure with the air pressure gauge (special tool).
A. Air Pressure Gauge
(52005·1003)
B. Air Valve
NOTES:
1. Check the air pressure when
the
front forks
are
cold.
2.
Do not use tire gauges
for checking air
pressure.
They may not indicate the correct air pressure be-
cause
of air leaks that occur when the gauge is applied
to the valve
.
• Inject air through the valve with a pump until the
pressure gauge reads the specified value, but do not
exceed 2.5 kg/cml (36 psi).
NOTE: A normal tire pump can be used.
Table C1
Air Pressure
Standard
Usable Range
0.60
kg/cm
2
0.50-0.70
kg/cm
2
(8.5
psi)
(7.1-10
psi)
~
1.
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ble. The difference in air pressure between the right
and left fork legs must be within
0.1
kg/cm
1
(1.4
psi) .
2. Inject air little by little so that air pressure doe. not
rise rapidly.
Air pressure exceeding
2.5
kg/cm
1
(36 psi) may damage the oil seals.
I
WARNING
1
1 . Be sure to adjust the air pressure
wlthm the usable range.
Front forks
adjusted too low or too high adversely affect handling
and stability and could lead to accident and injury.
2. Only air or nitrogen gas can be used.
Never inject
oxygen or any other kind of gas. Other gases could
produce an explosion.
3. Do not incin.rate the front fork.
REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS
The rear
shock
absorbers can be adjusted to one of
five positions to
suit
riding conditions.
They can be
left soft
for
average riding but should be adjusted harder
for high speed riding, riding on bad roads, or riding with
a passenger.
Shock absorbers adjusted either too soft
or too hard adversely affect riding comfort and stability.
To adjust the rear shock absorbers:
.
Turn the adjusting sleeve on each shock absorber
to
the desired position with a hook spanner. The
higher
the adjusting sleeve is positioned,
the
stronger the
spring
tension,
and the harder
the ride.
A.
Harder
B. Softer
C. Adj ustinl SI ..
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