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Old 09-25-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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bike hard to turn...

i just dont know why any more. ill try to make it short. Basically my bike is harder to turn then the exact same bike is. Either slow speed or long corners.
so far i have done. Suspension adj at Motorcycles Unlimited and put sportier front tire like pat recommended. im not saying my steering dampener is causing this. Just seems like when i ride my buddies bike its like push on the handle bar and bike turns and stays on path. mine its push on handlebar it turns a quickly then goes of path then back on path then off path( at fast and slow speed turns . 2 people have said the same thing.

Now it does not really bother me because i never take turns fast and donít push my bike enff for me to notice it. but when i do im expecting it so i know what to do .

what the cant it be???????????? Steering head? bad suspension set up? Bad tires? just me? i cant say its the suspension because i did that the 2nd day i had the bike. i cant see why it would be the tires ......
any help wopuld be great
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:25 PM   #2
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:48 PM   #4
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ok what kind of tires? how many miles on the rear tire? is the bike lowered?
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I have steering bearing issues now, its not hard to turn its really really shaky, You can feel every penny you run over. and at low speeds if you wiggle the handles, it feels like the tire is about to roll off.
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Check your tire pressure; 36 psi. front and rear is a good starting point.
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would tire pressure make it turn faster, harder to get to center?
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Tire pressure is right on I check it a few times a week rear tire brand new bt-23 front has 3k on its BT-16 .still 75% tread . Not lowered but it does "look" lower then my buddies bike but its prob just me. This is not a new issue been like that since I had it and 2 sets of tires
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I always run a pretty high tire pressure 36 front and 40ish rear since I'm +1 a lot. But when I'm not I'm 36 38. Should I try 30 32??? Lower ? Higher?
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I've ridden an '05 & '07 GSXR-750 and they were hard to turn. I believe it's the way the gixxers are built, but I was riding an R6 and there is a big difference between the two. I dont know how long you've been riding your gixxer but if you think everything is balanced on it, try riding more often, long rides and city rides since you'll be doing a lot of slow turns(city) and see how it goes.
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Did you buy it new?
If not maybe it was lowered before you got it.
What did/does Patrick say about all this. You said you took it to him...
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Iv had my gix for a year and over 18k later. I have done short and long rides. I ride my bike !!!!! Lol
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Bought used. Pat said it was not lowered and recomanded the BT-16 to help with turn in
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Did you ever check the steering stem bearings? If they are too tight, they will do funny things. And it's a very slight difference between loose/just right/too tight. Just a quarter turn of the locking nut will make a difference.
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Did you ever check the steering stem bearings? If they are too tight, they will do funny things. And it's a very slight difference between loose/just right/too tight. Just a quarter turn of the locking nut will make a difference.
No I have not mybe ill check into it
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What was the last thing you've done to it? The tire in the front?

That's likely the issue. The higher the number in the Bridgestone line the more oriented the tire is to street and the apex of the tire is flattened.

If concerned about the steering stabilizer, disconnect one side of it and ride the bike.


Lowering air pressure will make the bike harder to turn so definetely dont do that.

Remember the rear spring has adjustability for springrate which will effect the height. The tighter the springrate the higher the rear end will be. If yours was set for a lighter profile over DJ's, your tail will be lower then his.
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Yea tires were the last to go on. But it was like this before its not because of the tires.... DJ never got his suspension set up...... I don't think Motorcycles Unlimited messed with the spring rate. Maybe they did. Maybe I need my spring rate adj
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Put the bike on front and rear stands and spin the front tire. Make sure it doesnt have brake drag.
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I know after my suspension was adjusted, it felt different but idk
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