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3. Steering-Head Bearings


This bearing is most susceptible to pressure washing but can also be ruined by a poorly routed gas-cap vent hose. Standing in front of the machine, grab the bottom of both fork legs and try to move them back and forth, perpendicular to the fork legs. If there is any play, plan on new bearings and seals and at least another $100 investment. While you are at the front of the bike, see if the fork turns easily side-to-side with no binding. Also check the steering stop. If the triple clamp of the tab on the frame are damaged, that is a sign of a big crash that might have damaged the frame.


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