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GL1200. I've been riding this one for about two weeks. It has an annoying tendency to not want to track straight. It takes constant slight steering input to stay straight. It feels as though the forks and wheel don't want to stay centered. It occurs at all speeds, city or highway. Makes me look like I've had a few too many.

Tires are almost new Elite IIs, inflated to 35 pounds. They were at about 20 and did the same thing. Rear shocks at about 35 also. No air in forks. About 108,000 miles and no idea what has been done to the bike other than some amateurish wiring of extra lights.

If the fork head bearings are worn in the center area is it a soft "notch" or does it have a definite narrow notch effect?

Should I be looking at something else?

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The steering head bearings are easy to replace once you get the plastic off. I'm pretty sure that Dennis Kirk has them. The nice thing about them is that were you live if you order them by 2:00 pm they will be on your door steep the next day.

Be sure to pick up an adjustable spanner wrench. They may still have them at the Maplewood Sears, otherwise you have a excuse to run down to 7 Corners.


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Soft forks from aging fork oil can cause steering problems too, the extra weight as the fairing settles down lower is detrimental to handling in my experience.

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The amount ofsteering centre" notch "you feel depends on how badly the bearings and races are worn. I have seen them worn so badly that the steering almost locks itself in place at center. Some others are soft and only slightly noticeable, In any case if you feel that notch it would probably be a good idea to replace them and like Steve has said it is a fairly simple job." All Balls "bearingshas an excellent replacement kit.You should also give some consideration to the swing arm bearings ...if they are loose or worn they ,too, can cause the type of steering problem that you described
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I replaced mine with all balls rollers in last 2 weeks. Owned bike about 3 months. Bearings loose when I got em but no notch felt-tightened at first and now replaced. When I got what I thought were the original bearings out they were already the roller type but were in fact bad. If theres a notch they are bad for sure but no notch doesnt necessarily mean good bearings. Not sure if this is your steering/tracking problem but replacement is not a bad idea if bike is new to you. FYI installed progressive springs at same time and defininately feel the difference in the forks. Going for swingarm bearings next. Not sure if I would eliminate tires as an issueeither-double check 'em new or not.

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SuperSkypilot,

What size adjustable spanner and is it metric or SAE?

What's at 7 corners that I should know about?

I wonder if they'd have the bearings at Dennis Kirk in Rush City. I'll give them a call. Otherwise I will get them ordered.

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The odd tracking can be caused by so many things. Just the forks out of alignment can do it. So can improper assembly of the rear wheel and possibly a worn out rear tire.

Other causes could be a bent frame or fork. Bad wheel bearings. Bent triple clamp. Loose swing arm...

I think I'd do a lot of "looking" before I started "doing". Have you checked the wheels for alignment?

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Loosen the lower fork caps. Loosen the brace. Raise the front of the bike so the front suspension is hanging. Retighten the lower fork caps per the manual, making sure there is a small gap at the rear. Then retighten the fork brace.

Over a period of time, the front forks and brace can shift. Following this procedure aligns the lower tubes to the axle, and all is secured with the brace.

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Loosen the lower fork caps. Loosen the brace. Raise the front of the bike so the front suspension is hanging. Retighten the lower fork caps per the manual, making sure there is a small gap at the rear. Then retighten the fork brace.

Over a period of time, the front forks and brace can shift. Following this procedure aligns the lower tubes to the axle, and all is secured with the brace.
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