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posted May 10, 2007 07:11 PM        
Do you think your steering head bearings are loose? Are you sure?

Before you go bothering your dealer, take the time to check very closely. Compressing / decompressing the front suspension will net a "click" or "clunk". It's the brakes... no really.. it is... I know you all know that I know that you know that the rotors are floaters.... but next time (if you need a friend to help, then get one)... as you compress the suspension, with the front brakes applied, you can see the rotor moving in the carrier ever so slightly... the movement is minimal, but it's there.


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stevewfl


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posted May 10, 2007 07:49 PM        
Did you find that out by bothering your dealer by chance (I had to ask!)
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fish_antlers


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posted May 10, 2007 11:23 PM        
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Did you find that out by bothering your dealer by chance (I had to ask!)


nope... I kept second guessing myself as to whether they were loose or not... with all the chatter online it makes you wonder... finally I got in there and paid really really close attention to what was going on.. lo and behold if you look really reeeeeally close you can see the rotor slide on the carrier ever so slightly ...

thought it was interesting... makes you wonder how many people have tortured their dealers over nuthin.
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dougmeyer


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posted May 11, 2007 09:12 AM        
Well, I had to carefully convince Dave that mine were loose. We jacked up the bike and, grabbing the lower legs, rocked the forks fore and aft. He was surprised and admitted he did not expect to find them actually loose. Originally he had felt that it was the brakes like you suggest.
The clear indication is the rattle and click you hear and feel when going over ripples and small bumps.

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martinc


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posted June 30, 2007 07:32 AM        
I had my dealer check mine and they say they are tight;

I can feel a knock through the clipons.

If there is a play like that in the brakes,I'll destroy those disks this year...or next.

Shame.

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posted July 02, 2007 04:32 PM        
Support the bike with the front wheel off the ground. Grasp the forks with both hands at the axle and try to move them fore and aft. If the bearings are loose you'll feel (and hear) it there.
If you can feel the knock when hitting ripples while on OR off the brakes they're probably loose. The brake noise is distinctly different and you can't "feel" that one.

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