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post #11 of 25 Old 08-12-2015, 08:43 PM
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If it aint moving,and the side to side steering action is not binding but smooth...it sounds okay(to me).I think you'd feel it when ya decelerate off the gas quickly.A clunk.If there's movement in there...as some mentioned...you would feel it closing the throttle abruptly.Especially when it sounds like 'ours'.But like I said before...mine has been doing this deal from day one.And hasn't increased or decreased.It doesn't ALWAYS do this either.Like this morning.When I FIRST moved it(before taking the video)it wasn't making any noise.Only the brake clicking thing.It always does that after it's been sitting.

Course,if you think it should be checked...go for it.At least you'll know for sure.




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I can not believe this steering head bs is still around. It's been since '11 on 10r and they REFUSE to change pec and dealers refuse to go against spec. @rhody did the dealer help with you after some persuading? It's a pita and you need the right wrench or rig a different kind..
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I can not believe this steering head bs is still around. It's been since '11 on 10r and they REFUSE to change pec and dealers refuse to go against spec. @rhody did the dealer help with you after some persuading? It's a pita and you need the right wrench or rig a different kind..

Nope, at the 600 mile service, after changing the oil the dealer noticed it, I saw/heard (click) the play with my own eyes and then torqued the steering head to spec. They were surprised as I was.


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Rhody,

Did the noise/play/click all go away once you torqued it? Do you hear it from time to time still?

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And what about the rotors/calipers do you hear anything from those when front braking to a stop?

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So I went to a different dealer today and at first they checked for play by pulling the weight of the bike onto the kickstand while another guy moved the front forks/steering and they did NOT feel play. Then they took the bike down a 30 degree incline and applied the brakes and now the loud "pop" noise happened. The technician confirmed that the steering head bearings needs adjustment and also said that because the pop was so loud he was worried the bearings are not sufficiently greased. They are suggesting taking the whole front end apart and checking if the bearings are damaged at all and if there is sufficient grease on them. $30,000 for this bike ...brutal.
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Hmmm...sorry to hear that.



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Steering bearings are called out as a maintenance inspection in the first 600 mile service, its routine on all bikes, these things can settle with use especially on bikes that can wheelie easily. Don't understand what the fuss is all about?
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Let me ask you this...IF you check the fork 'play' by getting the front off the floor with a centerjack...and find no movement,is it safe to assume the bearings are properly adjusted?Thanks.


I just went out and 'tested' the front again...from sitting overnight.From as best I can tell...that noise(on mine)is coming from the brake calipers.There's no noise up around the steering head.



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Made a slight adjustment to steering head bearings and bike feels amazing now! No more pop/click/noise.

Thanks guys.
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