Steering Play Inspection
Remove the lower fairings (see Lower Fairing Removal in
the Frame chapter).
Lift the front wheel off the ground using the jack.
Special Tools - Jack: 57001-1238
Jack Attachment: 57001-1608
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.
Steering Play Adjustment
Stem Head Nut [A] and Washer [B]
Loosen the upper fork clamp bolts [C] and handlebar bolts
Remove the stem head [E] with handlebar.
Bend the claw washer tabs [A].
Remove the steering stem locknut [B] and claw washer
Adjust the steering.
Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001-1100
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.
Turn the stem nut 1/8 turn at time maximum.
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