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Old 03-31-2011, 07:59 PM   #1
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What causes 'Heavy' Steering?

I had the pleasure of borrowing my buddies 07 Gsxr 600 today and took it home for the night. The one thing I noticed was how 'heavy' the steering was (the best way to describe it) especially at low speeds.

One way to explain is when you make a slow right turn into a drive way its as if the bars want to force against your right hand, like your fighting the bars from coming back too far and jack knifing the front end. It just feels heavy. I've ridden bikes that did this but they had been laid down and had tons of miles and Id always attributed it to a bent neck/forks/etc....But This bike has less then 3,000. He bought the bike off the showroom and said it's been like that from day one.

Do all the 07 GSXRs do this? Is is possible this bike was wrecked(a test ride gone wrong?)and repaired then sold as new by a shady dealer?(Has the dealer plate surround, well known but I wont name names)

He rode my bike and was amazed how easy it was to steer, my old 20,000 mile k3 750. It's very light and neutral.

Can Patrick fix this? lol

Any insight would be awesome.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:01 PM   #2
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Different bikes have different steering characteristics, but it could be something thats upsetting steering geometry.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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Check the tire pressure. Low pressure particularly in the front will do this. Makes the bike feel like its pushing back against your hands.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #5
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It can be worn/under-inflated tire. It can be the steering damper set wrong if it's aftermarket unit.
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Tire pressure was good...Stock damper.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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incorrect spring/rebound/compression settings. low tire pressure. steering damper set too stiff.
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i remember riding fellow MHers late model 750 and feeling the same thing.
could be the bike...

but then again. he was never very good at checking his tire pressure either.
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Does he have lowering links on the back?
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Usually tire pressure, but also could be steering head bearing.

If not one of those, then it might be the Johnson Rod. Might need lubing.

http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main...products_id=18
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Usually tire pressure, but also could be steering head bearing.

If not one of those, then it might be the Johnson Rod. Might need lubing.

http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main...products_id=18
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Worn tires... when mine start getting squared off the front end gets heavy at slow speeds....
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try i least 36ps front and back n see how it feels
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:23 PM   #16
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So youre not supposed to run around with 28f/32r cold psi? it has to be 36f/42r? Oh ... oh well, im at 6000 miles on a set of michelin power pures, and they still have lots of meat and arent squared off
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i noticed a difference with new tires. with new tires the middle is slightly higher then the sides so as you go to lean and turn, it wants to fall into the corner, as you go to straighten up, especially when going slow, it actually has to pick the front of the bike up fractions of an inch so it feels heavier or harder to do.
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i remember riding fellow MHers late model 750 and feeling the same thing. <br />
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but then again. he was never very good at checking his tire pressure either.
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That was my 750. It's worse with bad tire pressure but I definitely think it's a gsxr characteristic with yamaha being the opposite. And my suspension was setup by Motorcycles Unlimited so I think they got it right
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Damnit! No wonder I have been having the same problem.
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