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Re: my 700 night halk seems a bit loose
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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I would start at the top of the front assembly and work down.The easiest way to check for a loose or damaged head stock bearing is to put the bike up on the centre stand,have someone push down on the rear taking all weight off the front tire, and push the tire assembly in and out.There should be absolutely no play in the wheel assembly or headstock. The drop may have backed the head stock nut off just enough to loosen the assembly. I would also check to make sure there isn't a slight bend in the front rim.Check the brake caliper for clearance and don't rule out the tire it might have damage you can't see.You may have even bent the front axle slightly.This might explain why you only feel it slowing down or turning.Good luck
Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1. Improperly loaded motorcycle. Non standard equipment on the front end such asheavy radio receivers, extra lightning equipment or luggage tends to cause unstable handling.
2. Incorrect air suspension pressure.
3. Damaged tire(s) or improper front-rear tire combination
4. Irregular or peaked front tire tread wear.
5. Incorrect tire pressure.
6. Shock absorber not functioning normally.
7. Loose wheel axle nuts.
8. Excessive wheel hub bearing play.
9. Improper vehicle alignment.
10.Steering head bearings improperly adjusted.
11. Tire and wheel unbalanced.
12. Rims and tires out of round or eccentric with hub.
13. Rims and tires out-of-true sideways.
14. Shock absorber improperly adjusted.
15. Worn engine stabilizer links.
16. Damaged rear engine isolation mounts.
17. Swing arm pivot shaft nut improperly tightened or assembled.
Good luck and have nice day
It could be road conditions, but check the condition of your tires for any damage or incorrect air pressure. Have you changed tire brands lately? Go over the front and rear suspension with wrenches to make sure nothing is coming loose. An improperly mounted tire on the wheel rim can cause strange things. Hope some of this helps!
I wouldn't think one as new as yours would have swingarm problems. Have you checked your air shocks lately? The FLHTC has air assisted suspension on the front and rear as best as I can remember.
One other thing, I have heard people complain about Dunlop tires. They say that they don't like them because of that problem. I've never noticed a problem with Dunlops but I ride a Wide Glide. I have recently changed to Metzler 880's tires. They seem to handle well but the braking is not too good on them. The rear tire will lock up and never make a sound. You don't know it's locked until the bike tries to go sideways a bit. Not good.
take on tire pressures and when they need adjusted, I wrote this a
while back for someone with a Honda African Twin, so this should
recommendation – Short distance city riding below 100kph. Light
off-road use ie. Small rocks, gravel. If the weather/road conditions
vary a lot.
recommended pressure – High speed road use. Long distances in warm
weather on good quality roads. Go 40% if the conditions are the same
but the bike is fully loaded with carriers.
recommended pressure – Short distance riding in cold winter temps.
Short distance on wet roads. Off-road, average gravel/rocks and some
recommended – Slow off-road riding in very loose dirt, sand, with
lots of rocks. Tires will heat up quickly if the pace is picked up
which will loose grip and cause accelerated wear.
recommended – Very slow, loose dirt, deep sand (dunes). If tires
slip on the rims you need to increase pressure.
is all about keeping a close eye on tire pressures and adjusting them
to suit the conditions rather than keeping strictly at the
manufacturer's settings. Starting out my riding career on a BMX, tire
pressures can be the difference from landing a perfect jump and
falling on your face. Therefore, with a motor attached, it is even
more important to get it right – personally I think the 'feel and
grip' is more important than the pressure number – regardless if
that causes tire wear.
Check the following:
Steering head bearings for play and looseness
Front and rear tire pressures
Front and rear wheel bearings for wear
Rear fork bearings
Also check over tires for irregular wear patterns that might be contributing to the loose feeling.
First thing to do is check front and rear tyre pressures. Next check for un-even wear of front tyre. Then check steering head bearings for correct tightness. Also check for bent front brake disks as one side bent can cause this. Check for worn wheel bearings also. Check engine mount rubbers as these can cause floating on bends if worn of loose. Basically check all chassis related items fully.
I am thinking about my bike.
Regarding replacement tires my 08 beo 200 has 100/80 (front) and 120/80 (rear). It is still early on in the tire's life cycle (only have 1300 miles) on it. They are the stock Cheng Shin tires. Dont really have anything to compare them against and have ridden in mostly dry conditions and just yesterday during and after a light misting but have no complaints in performance at all.
Just looking down the road for when I do have to to replace the tires. I was considering getting tires with a bit more contact patch possibly 110/70 (front) and 130/70 (rear). This would give me more width and with a lower profile would possibly put me at the same diameter as the 80's. The ride will probably be more firm though.
I have played around with cars and tires in the past, but two wheel dynamics are different so I am looking for the groups advice or input on the matter,I have been considering options as well for sometime next year. The host site lists a 110/80/16 in the Michelin Gold. Would the rim size on the Beo 200 support a larger size? They also list a Pirelli in 130/80/16 as a replacement for the Beo 200. Can one assume that the rear rim will indeed support a larger tire?
I had to lay my scoot on its side once this summer and noticed how fast the front tire broke loose on pavement at slow speed. I was also wondering if a larger front tire would put a bit more rubber on the road, to any advantage.