Front Suspension And Steering

Poor handling may be caused by improper tire pressure, a damaged or bent frame or front steering components, worn wheel bearings or dragging brakes. Possible causes of suspension and steering malfunctions are listed below.

Irregular or Wobbly Steering a. Loose wheel axle nuts.

b. Loose or worn steering head bearings.

c. Excessive wheel hub bearing play.

d. Damaged cast wheel.

e. Spoke wheel out of alignment.

f. Unbalanced wheel assembly.

g. Worn hub bearings.

h. Incorrect wheel alignment.

i. Bent or damaged steering stem or frame (at steering neck).

j. Tire incorrectly seated on rim. k. Excessive front end loading from non-standard equipment.

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Stiff Steering a. Low front tire air pressure.

b. Bent or damaged steering stem or frame (at steering neck).

c. Loose or worn steering head bearings.

d. Steering damper too tight (FL models with adjustable forks).

Stiff or Heavy Fork Operation a. Incorrect fork springs.

b. Incorrect fork oil viscosity.

c. Excessive amount of fork oil.

d. Bent fork tubes.

Stiff or Heavy Fork Operation a. Incorrect fork springs.

b. Incorrect fork oil viscosity.

c. Excessive amount of fork oil.

d. Bent fork tubes.

Poor Fork Operation a. Worn or damaged fork tubes.

b. Fork oil level low due to leaking fork seals.

c. Bent or damaged fork tubes.

d. Contaminated fork oil.

e. Incorrect fork springs.

f. Heavy front end loading from non-standard equipment.

Poor Rear Shock Absorber Operation a. Weak or worn springs.

b. Damper unit leaking.

c. Shock shaft worn or bent.

d. Incorrect rear shock springs.

e. Rear shock adjusted incorrectly.

f. Heavy rear end loading from non-standard equipment.

g. Incorrect loading.

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