Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Pasadena, TX, USA
Front End problems!!
I started to go for a ride this afternoon after getting all the Honey-Do's out of the way. I had finished getting the bike back together after repairing the fuel sensor and getting a new SilverStar bulb put in last night. I had it out for an hour or two last night and had noticed a bad head shake at about 45 mph.
I wrote this off to bad air pressure in the tires after I stopped about a mike from the house and checked.
I went ahead and rode around for a couple of hours and didn't notice the head shake but couldn't get over the feeling that something wasn't right.
I recently had the bike into the local dealer and when I got it out I ran over to Lake Charles and back and found about 2/3 of the screws in the Tupperware loose. I tightened them after adding a little thread lock on them. I went ahead and went to Florida for the IBA and MTF Ride In and Daytona Party.
I had what I thought was just tire problems in Florida and bout a new front tire in Jacksonville. I still had the same problems but since I am a touch on the stubborn side I continued on with my outing. I made it down to Key West and back home to Pasadena with a rear Bridgestone that had a area inside the tire about a foot long that was delaminating and causing a knot to swell up on the left side of the tire which was cause a low speed wobble. I made it home and had it replaced the next day. I'll take some pictures of the problem and post them later. It's impressive.
Today's problem was worse. In fact it scared the hell out of me and I don't scare easy. The ball joint that is connected to the bridge assembly came loose. And it looks like it was loose for a while.
I am inclined to place the blame on the dealer They have just finished replacing the upper and lower fork seals and I don't know if the ball joint was removed or loosened to do this, but it makes sense.
The joint broke loose as I was bumping the bike of the center stand. When the front tire hit the floor, the bike collapsed to the left, landing on the J-Peg and bending the hell out of it. I thought at first I had did something stupid, and got the rest of the way off the bike and tried to stand it up. I t was immediately apparent that there was something wrong. The bike felt heavier if that is possible and the angle of the bike was all wrong. I struggled to upright the bike and when I got it up on the side stand I could see that the front end was lower than the back. I tried to get it up on the center stand and couldn't so it by myself. I had the ladies of the house help me and I got down to look at that front end.
At first i couldn't see what was wrong so I grabbed a flashlight and took another look. The pictures that I've attached will show what I have found.
After you look can someone tell me that this was just a coincidence or is it something the dealer contributed to. I don't won't to go there and find out it was just one of those things.
Right now I am mad and still a bit scared at what could of happened if this had let got go last night when I was fooling around or this afternoon when I was out riding. I was heading to Katy to go to Bass Pro Shops and that would have been on the freeway and moving at 60 to 80 mph. It could have been fatal in my opinion.
Now to fix it. Would you repair the threads and return it to service or replace one or both pieces. I need advice on this.
Let me know what you think guys. And if you want to know who the dealer is, I will email that to you.
Naturlized Texan after 34 years 'In State'.
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Last edited by km5bh; Mar 26th, 2006 at 7:56 pm.
Reason: No pics??