Join Date: Sep 2010
After riding my bike for a while after the purchase, I had it on the lift and the steering head bearings were loose. My guess is they were torqued to spec on the assembly line, but settled with some miles on them. A while back, I upgraded the steering head to all tapered roller bearings, torqued 'em to spec, and after some miles, they loosened. After re-tightening them a bit tighter than spec, the handling was amazing. I would not assume your steering head bearings are at spec. Its like assuming your tires are at the correct pressure when the bike was delivered. Been riding since 1952 and have had many bikes with bars wider than my XR's. I'm not lobbying against you going to wider bars if that's what you want, just saying what I experienced with my Vic and maybe save you some bucks in the process. I'm all for saving money.
2010 Midnight Cherry XR. 7Jurock, Lloydz AF, ATS, AFR tuned VFCIII, IAV, and T-6 and locally repacked pipes = big smiles. SOLD
to a dear friend, so it's still in the family."
2017 Spyder F3 Limited - keeps this old guy in the wind and riding with friends.
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