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Re: stiff steering on 96rt

When your tires worne more on one side steering is much heavier.
I have that on the '94 RS.
Bob Silas

I have a 96rt that I bought new, always loved the bike.? I also recently
bought a 2006 R12GS which steers much lighter and even more nibble.?? Infact
it was so light steering I had to adapt to it.? Now when I go back to the
RT? it handles like a mac truck,? Much more work to coax thru any turn and
even rolling it around the garage you can tell a really big difference.

My question is with almost 85K miles on it,? could it be in the front ball
joint or steering head bearing set?? on the lift the front wheel seems
stiffer to turn from side to side,? no notching or general looseness but
just offers more resistance than I would expect.

The tires are not new but I even inflated them to thier upper limits and the
bikes steers somewhat better but still is truck like.? I just think it is
more than the difference between an RT and a GS.

It is almost like the grease in the ball joint has gotten supper stiff.? the
rubber boot is intack and there is no sign the grease has leaked out like
when a CVC joint goes bad.

Thanks for any and all advice.


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