Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Steering Play Inspection
Raise the front wheel off the ground with the jack.
Special Tools - 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 leads and cables are properly routed.
The bearings must be in good condition and properly
lubricated in order for any test to be valid.
Steering Play Adjustment
Upper Fairing (see Upper Fairing Removal in the Frame
Handlebar (see Handlebar Removal in the Steering
Steering Stem Head Bolt Plug [A]
Steering Stem Head Bolt [B]
Upper Front Fork Clamp Bolts [C] (Loosen)
Upper Fairing Bracket Bolts (see Upper Fairing Bracket
Removal in the Frame chapter)
Stem Head [D]
Bend the claws [A] of the claw washer straighten.
Remove the steering stem locknut [B] and claw washer
Jack Attachment: 57001-1608
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