A tight spoke will emit a clear, ringing
tone; a loose spoke will sound flat.
(with a spoke nipple wrench "1")
Be sure to tighten the spokes before
and after break-in.
Spoke nipple wrench:
3 Nm (0.3 m•kg, 2.2
CHECKING THE WHEELS
• Wheel runout
Elevate the wheel and turn it.
Abnormal runout → Replace.
• Bearing free play
Exist play → Replace.
CHECKING AND ADJUSTING THE
1. Place a stand under the engine to
raise the front wheel off the
ground. WARNING! Securely
support the vehicle so that
there is no danger of it falling
• Steering stem
Grasp the bottom of the forks and
gently rock the fork assembly
back and forth.
Free play → Adjust steering head.
• Steering smooth action
Turn the handlebar lock to lock.
Unsmooth action → Adjust steer-
ing ring nut.
• Steering ring nut
Steering ring nut adjustment
a. Remove the number plate.
b. Remove the handlebar and upper
c. Loosen the steering ring nut "1"
using the steering nut wrench "2".
Steering nut wrench:
d. Tighten the steering ring nut "3"
using steering nut wrench "4".
• Apply the lithium soap base grease
on the thread of the steering stem.
• Set the torque wrench to the steer-
ing nut wrench so that they form a
Steering nut wrench:
Steering ring nut (initial
38 Nm (3.8 m•kg, 27
e. Loosen the steering ring nut one
f. Retighten the steering ring nut us-
ing the steering nut wrench.
Steering ring nut (final
7 Nm (0.7 m•kg, 5.1
g. Check the steering stem by turn-
ing it lock to lock. If there is any
binding, remove the steering stem
assembly and inspect the steer-
h. Install the washer "5", upper
bracket "6", washer "7", steering
stem nut "8", handlebar "9", han-
dlebar upper holder "10" and
number plate "11".
• The handlebar upper holder should
be installed with the punched mark
• Install the handlebar so that the
marks "b" are in place on both
• Install the handlebar so that the pro-
jection "c" of the handlebar upper
holder is positioned at the mark on
the handlebar as shown.
• Insert the end of the fuel breather
hose "12" into the hole in the steer-
First tighten the bolts on the front
side of the handlebar upper holder,
and then tighten the bolts on the