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post #1 of 6 Old 08-06-2012, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Creaky Steering?

So I noticed today while pushing the bike that the steering creaks a little at certain spots. Is this a sign it's about time to look at new bearings? The bike is an 02 with 21k miles.

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Are you sure it's not a brake line or something rubbing? My 919 is over 100k miles with the original steering stem bearings. Still no noise or movement in them. I have abused this bike for a long time.

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Are you sure it's not a brake line or something rubbing? My 919 is over 100k miles with the original steering stem bearings. Still no noise or movement in them. I have abused this bike for a long time.
hmm, good point. Yeah it could be that, I'll have to check again. It feels pretty smooth, but I haven't really checked with the front end lifted.

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If nothing is rubbing, I would clean and lube the bearings first, before replacing them. They may just need some attention. Check the wheel bearings too.

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Mine squeaked, turned out to be wires rubbing. I do have dominator headlights so there's excess wiring in a pouch underneath. Took the wires out, rearranged and squeak's gone.

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check the clutch cable.... mine was routed improperly infront of a piece of the headlight bracket which caused it to get real tight at full right lock and started rubbing through the cable.... it also caused a creaking.

If the bearings are bad you will feel it.

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