2-60 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Steering Play Inspection
Raise the front wheel off the ground with the front stand
or the webbing sling.
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 [A] 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
Steering Stem Head and Handlebars (see Handlebar
Removal in the Steering chapter)
Fuel Tank Covers (see Fuel Tank Cover Removal in the
Raise the motorcycle with the webbing sling.
Straighten the claws [A] of the claw washer.
Steering Stem Locknut [B]
Adjust the steering using the steering stem nut wrench
Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001-1100
If the steering is too tight, loosen the stem nut [B] 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.