Front end weirdness

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  1. nuss

    nuss New Member

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    I bought an 07 VFR800 for cheap that needed the clutch bled and a battery. Well I rode it for the first time and noticed a feeling in the front end like the tire was flat; however, it measures ~32psi. She wanted to correct any steering inputs back to straight. The previous owner low sided it but seemed to put her back together well and doesn't look like it had frame damage. My thought was to replace the tire regardless of its ability to hold pressure. Any ideas?
     
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    How old are the tires? and bump it up to 36 psi
     
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    Yeah, 32 is a little low. I'd say check the front to see if it's twisted slightly, or one fork is higher, but to me that would pull right or left I think.
     
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    Bumped up to 36 psi and still the same reaction.

    The PO said he would buy new tires if he were to keep it but it didn't look very worn to me.

    It doesn't seem to favor a side.

    Maybe the PO messed with the suspension settings.

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    The symptoms sound like worn steering head bearings to me. Put the bike on the centrestand and a jack under the headers and lift the front wheel off the ground. See if the steering is smooth side to side, or has a notchy feel at dead centre. If so, time for new bearings.
     
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    Interesting idea. I'll give it a shot.
     
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    I replaced my original ball-type head bearings with AllBalls tapered bearings & have been VERY happy with the change. In fairness, the orginals were badly worn at 30,000 miles....
     
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