Why front end steering stiff
There are at least two causes for this. One is the sterring nut (large nut at the top of the handlbar mounting area) is suddenly too tight. Not likely unless you recently worked on that area, these tend to get looser over time rather than tight.
Second likely cause is that the bearings in the sterring column are worn or even rusted,
One other cause could be that the steering column is bent and binding a bit. If you have ridden over any especially rough areas or dropped the bike or hit something full on with the front wheel could be causes for this.
Check the torque on the steerling column nut.
If that is good, disassemble from the top and inspect the bearings. While you have it apart, see if you can determine whether or not the steering column is bent/warped. You can do this by laying it on a clean smooth surface and roll slowly. Observe the ends and center and see if any gaps show up while rotating it. If it is bent, there is nothing to do but replace.
Should likely replace the bearings if you have gone this far anyway. Clean everything thoroughly and grease it up before you put it back together. Shop manual will provide details on procedures and torque values, etc.
Jun 28, 2014 |
2004 Honda Shadow VLX