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My 700 night halk seems a bit loose

When the front tire hits a line or seam in the road the front feels independant from rear. Also feels near the speed wobbles when at 60 to 80 mph

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Your steering head bearings may be loose or need to be replaced. Fork damage would also cause this. You can download a general Honda service manual here
Chapter 18 shows how to service your forks & steering stem. Haynes & Clymer also made manuals for your motorcycle, either shows the procedure in detail.

Depending on what the problem is, this could lead to catastrophic failure of your steering at an unexpected moment. I urge you to fix it as soon as possible.

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