Lift the front wheel off the ground using the jack
see Wheels/Tires chapter)
OWith the front wheel
tap each end of the
The front wheel should
fully left and right from the force of gravity until
the lower bracket hits the stop.
* If the wheel binds or catches before the stop, the
Feel for steering looseness by
and pulling the
*If you feel looseness. the
The cables and wiring will have some effect on the
motion of the fork which must be taken into account.
Be sure the wires and cables are properly
The bearings must be in good condition and properly
lubricated in order for any test to be valid.
*Adjust the steering if necessary.
• Remove the following parts.
Upper Fairing (see Frame chapter)
Fuel Tank (see Fuel System chapter)
Fork Lower Clamp Bolts (both
Stem Head Nut (Loosen)
the stem nut wrench (special
1. Stem Head Nut
2. Stem Nut Wrench: 57001 -1100
*If the steering is too tight. loosen the stem locknut a
of a tum
* If the steering is too
tighten the locknut a fraction
Turn the locknut
turn at a time
• Tighten the
bolts and nut to the specified
torque (see Exploded
Steering Stem Head Nut
Front Fork Lower Clamp Bolts
* If the
is still too tight or too loose, repeat the