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just bought a '12 xct (from a honda dealer) and i've noticed it has a thump sound when i get on the front brake hard. i took it to a victory dealer and they said the fork bearings are shot and need replaced.

how does this happen so soon? the bike has 2900 miles. the shop man did not give much info on it.

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Being 3 years old with 2900 miles, it must have sat a bit. Wonder if that can be a contributing factor. Have you mentioned it to the dealer you just purchased it from?



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Being 3 years old with 2900 miles, it must have sat a bit. Wonder if that can be a contributing factor. Have you mentioned it to the dealer you just purchased it from?
no i have not mentioned it. i can't believe they would do anything about it.

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Head bearings failing is usually from the head nut being loose. At 2900 miles the thing was not right from the git go.
Not common on any bike but could happen on any bike. They make the head bearing nuts hard to get to and people don't maintain them like they probably should.
I doubt it would have made any difference in this case, but someone might have checked them before the total failure.

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i thought about it and since this is the second issue. (screw in tire when i bought it and i didn't see it. new tire cost $280) i decided to call the dealer. i explained the two issues and i'm waiting on a call back to see if they will help me. so we'll see what happens.

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just bought a '12 xct (from a honda dealer) and i've noticed it has a thump sound when i get on the front brake hard. i took it to a victory dealer and they said the fork bearings are shot and need replaced.

how does this happen so soon? the bike has 2900 miles. the shop man did not give much info on it.

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Are you talking about the fork slider bushings or the fork neck bearings?

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Adam,
Are you talking about the fork slider bushings or the fork neck bearings?
Neck bearings i believe. They have not been replaced yet.

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I'd have to put the bike on a lift and confirm the play in the neck bearings or at least have it shown to me before I would accept that the bearings are shot-a lot things can make a thump sound-loose fender/fairing etc.
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2 or 3 years after buying my XR, I was hearing banging from the from end when I hit a bump. Put the bike on a lift and checked for loose steering head bearings and sho nuff, they were loose. Adjusted 'em myself I did cuz you can get to that nut easily on a XR. Noise gone. I guess the steering head was assembled on a Monday after a rough weekender.

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if the bike has extended warranty get it transfered into your name before any work. I'm sure it has it just go to service dept and ask them to check and put in your name

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