2-38 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Lift the front wheel off the ground using the jack.
Special Tool - Jack: 57001–1238
With the front wheel pointing straight ahead, alternately
tap each end of the handlebar. The front wheel should
swing fully left and right from the force of gravity until the
fork hits the stop.
If the wheel binds or catches before the stop, the steering
is too tight.
Feel for steering looseness by pushing and pulling 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 wires and cables are properly routed.
The bearings must be in good condition and properly
lubricated in order for any test to be valid.
Upper fairing (see Frame chapter)
Stem Head Nut[A]
Handlebar Position Bolts[B]
Loosen the upper fork clamp bolts[C].
Remove the stem head[D].
Remove the steering stem locknut[A] with the steering
stem nut wrench.
Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001–1100
Bend the claw of lock washer[B] faced steering stem lock-
nut to straight.
Remove the lock washer.
Tighten the steering stem nut[C] with the steering stem
nut wrench, and loosen it ,tighten it again specified torque.
Torque - Steering Stem Nut:20 N·m (2.0 kgf·m,14.5 ft·lb)
If the steering is too tight, loosen the stem nut a fraction
of a turn.
If the steering is too loose, tighten the stem nut a fraction
of a turn.