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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 06 R6 and lately when I lean my handlebars want to turn, some of my friends said it could be a knot in the tire or my wheel bearings might be out. My bike only has 2500 miles on it, and even though I do a lot of wheelies, surely my wheel bearings are ok? Thanks for the help
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 01:42 PM
 
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I have a 06 R6 and lately when I lean my handlebars want to turn, some of my friends said it could be a knot in the tire or my wheel bearings might be out. My bike only has 2500 miles on it, and even though I do a lot of wheelies, surely my wheel bearings are ok? Thanks for the help
do you know how to check the steering head bearings?

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do you know how to check the steering head bearings?

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No how do I do that?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 02:44 PM
 
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do you know how to check the steering head bearings?

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Yeah, nothing ruins steering head bearings like wheelies. My mid-70's bikes had ball bearings and the race would get dented from just pounding of the suspension. My 79 Suzuki has much improved roller bearings, but my 90 CBR has ball bearings. It seems that all the new bikes have gone back to ball bearings.
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while you are riding at a slow steady pace, let off on the throttle and back on again. try to feel for any steering head free play (sometimes has a clicking sound). be sure you don't have a steering damper attached. once the bearings are damaged, they need to be replaced. don't get OEM (over priced at the dealership, just match the bearing ID and order anywhere online (or local NAPA stores).

I get my bearings in Columbus OH. but i forget the name.

If that is the case, i'll write up simple procedures on installing them (front stands will not work).

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There are several different methods to check your steering head bearings... Fall Away, swing-by, torque spec, etc etc. You need to check the manual for your bike to see which way they want you to check and to see what the spec should be.

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Wit the bike on a centerstand or other secure stand where the front wheel is off the ground, turn the handlebar to see it rotates smoothly side to side. That will tell you if a race is dented. To see if there is play, have the bike on the stand and someone to hold the bike so it doesn't fall off when you push the bike. Grab the front forks down low and push gently to the rear and back to the front. Any play and the bearings have to be tightened.
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What are the symptoms????




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