Question about 1985 Suzuki Tempter GR 650

1 Answer

Front alignment is off, need to fix........I was hoping to find a repair manual for the bike, but it is proving a little more difficult than I thought

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Suzuki Master
  • 2,100 Answers

Front ends are tricky, when a bike is in a small crash, it will be totaled because they don't mess with front ends. You have very little adj on the forks, you can pull them both apart, fill them with fresh oil, so they will both be the same, replace the seals if they are leaking, Put them back in the yoke, make sure it is greased up and moves, set them to the same depth, put on the wheel and set it as straight as you can. Make sure your wheel is true, tire is balanced, and the brake works good. Other than that, not much you can do. There is no front end alignment on a bike, but twist and torque. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 10, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Can i adjust this to allow backpedaling?

There can be many reasons that you are not able to smoothly backpedal, none of which have to do with a specific derailleur. The derailleur could be out of adjustment or bent out of alignment, the chain could have tight links, you may be in a gear where the chain is at a big angle from front to back, the rear cogs (cassette/freewheel) might be sticky, etc, etc. Impossible to diagnose and fix without much more info, and even then very difficult to do so remotely.

I would strongly suggest you get a diagnosis by a bike shop, a friend who is experienced in bike repair, or if you have a bike co-op in your area they can both determine what is wrong and help you fix it yourself.

Apr 07, 2017 | Shimano Cycling

1 Answer

How to fix front end wobble

Front wheel to rear wheel alignment needs to be checked. Both in same vertical plane and both on same centerline. (you can use an 8'flouresent bulb for this. Takes two people. Also check spokes in the back wheel. Hope this helps.

Jul 03, 2014 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLSTN- FLSTNI Softail...

1 Answer

I keep hearing a thud coming from my front end on my 1993 ford f150 The truck has automatic locking hubs on the front and I have a feeling that noise is coming from them Passengers side What could be the...

One of the better bargains in car service are front-end alignments. IF you go to a reputable place they will inspect the front end components before doing an alignment. The really good shops will have a separate repair area for time consuming repairs so the alignment rack can be kept on schedule for the next alignment.

Some shops will diagnose and send away vehicles which they need repaired before doing an alignment and other places will perform an alignment and tell you what needs to be fixed if the bad component does not affect the alignment they are doing.

It would help if you first discussed fees if they can not finish the alignment. People do have to be paid and shops can not stay in business if several vehicles come in each day without paying.

Now tie-rod ends can produce a good thud as well as ball-joints. The hubs you mentioned can do this too. Worn calipers can thud rocking on their slide-pins. Hope this helps.

Feb 08, 2018 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Where can I get a repair manuel to fix items on the machiene?

Good Afternoon markantho394 - Thank you for your post! Generally speaking, it is very difficult to find a repair manual; however you may locate the Owner's Guide on the manufacturer's website ( if you have the model number. Typically the model and serial numbers are located on the upper front, as you open the door. Hope this helps and let me know if you need further assistance.

May 24, 2013 | Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer

2 Answers

The pedals will turn but the wheel does not

The rear set of gears, called the "Freewheel" are shot, and need to be replaced. You can find another wheel, but this will probably prove to be difficult, or you can pay for a new freewheel or your bike shop may give you an old one for a discount.
Good luck

Aug 29, 2011 | Cycling

1 Answer

Chain Engagement ! Two-sprocket bike, no tensioner, aftermarket s/s chain, new rear internal hub (bike is a Swobo Dixon). In rotating the pedals, the front cog lays to the extreme outside of the...

Without a picture this is too difficult to diagnose properly. take it into your local bike shop, any competent mechanic should be able to spot the problem easily. Guessing from your description that the crankset (front cog) is too wide for your chainline and needs to be respaced, but can't give the solution without knowing what is causing the spacing issue.

Mar 29, 2011 | Cycling

1 Answer

2006 Custom Sportster 1200, 19inch Harley Mag on the front. the Front End Wobbles at 90mph or above. Do I need a racing front end? This Harley is not slow... I am considering putting a CAM in it. It needs...

First, remove the front wheel and take it to a shop and have it computer balanced. On a mag wheel, the lead weights simply stick on and are notorious for coming off after a while. Make sure the wheel is balanced correctly and the "run out" of the wheel and tire is acceptable.

When you put the wheel back on the bike, check the wheel bearing end play. The book says that it should be between 0.004 - 0.018". I'd try to keep it below 0.010" in your case. Check the adjustment and "fall away" of the front end, tension on the steering head bearings. Since I don't have a manual for your year model Sportster, I must refer you to a dealer or authorized shop for this information.

Also. check the alignment of the rear wheel in the swing arm. The book shows the use of a straight edge place along side one edge of the front wheel to check the alignment of the rear wheel with the front wheel. Use a piece of straight angle aluminum.

Also, check your rear shock settings. A stiffer setting my help. If all else fails, there are places you can take your bike and they will check it on a frame jig to optimize the entire bike for proper alignment.

Good Luck

Dec 21, 2010 | Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom...

1 Answer

Rear wheel not centre of frame on harley davidson 09 low rider (dyna) have checked with manual and had to adjust top engine mount, fixed slightly still out by over 10 mm after loosening front and rear...

The easiest way to check rear wheel alignment on a Dyna is by the two little "witness marks" on the rear swing arm. These two marks are just forward of the axle. One on each side of the swingarm. Measure from the mark back to the center of the axle on each side. The distance should be the same with the proper final drive belt tension.

As for the rear wheel being "centered" with the frame, the only way to check that is to take the fuel tank and rear fender off, stretch a string from the center of the steering head along the frame on back across the rear wheel. Simply looking at the way the wheel is positioned in the swingarm may be deceptive. The swingarm may not be symetrical due to the necessity to clear the final drive pulley and such. The engine alignment shouldn't have anything to do with the rear wheel alignment.

For something as serious as wheel alignment within the frame, I'd take the bike to a dealer somewhere and have them check it out. On some bikes, there is supposed to be an offset betweent he front wheel and the rear wheel. Use a piece of straight piece of square aluminum tubing to check wheel alignment.

Nov 02, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider

1 Answer

Handle bar vibration/shaking RVF400

Hi there!

I have the same problem but i finally had it fixed.
Your front rim is warped. Have it aligned. Balancing alone would not do the trick as this would only balance the wheel on its vertical axis. (assuming they were able to balance it properly)

Jack the front end up and turn the wheel.. Have a screwdriver or any thing that can serve as a guide with the rim, turn the wheel and if it touches the screw at some point of the turn , then the wheel is misaligned. A new stock rim would cost too much so have it aligned with a good machine shop.

To give you an idea of what im talking about:

There's also a chance that the fork fluids would cause this. Fluid levels should be equal. (less likely)

Hope this helps!
I'd appreciate a feedback!
Motorcycle Mechanic
Specialty on Yamaha Bikes

Mar 18, 2009 | 1996 Honda RVF 400 NC35

Not finding what you are looking for?
1985 Suzuki Tempter GR 650 Logo

105 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Suzuki Experts


Level 3 Expert

78257 Answers

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4727 Answers


Level 2 Expert

83 Answers

Are you a Suzuki Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides