1985 Kawasaki LTD 700 - Steering/Front end question

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by tlupis, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. tlupis

    tlupis Guest

    I just got a 1985 Kawasaki LTD 700 - the front end feels heavy in
    general. When turning a corner, the handlebars seem to really fall
    into and veer towards the direction im turning, especially at lower
    speeds. This also happens on gradual curves, and is annoying because I
    have to half straigthen the bike back while curving to avoid over
    steering. This happens when turning in both direction evenly. At
    higher speeds this is not an issue. The front end feels a little
    sloppy in general also.

    I've tried adjusting the air in the front forks and the rear shocks to
    adjust the suspension moving the rear end up, and vice versa. It has
    new tires, and rides smooth and straight otherwise.

    Could this be a problem with the bearing(s) or head bolt? Any
    suggestions would be appreciated!

    tlupis, Aug 15, 2003
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  2. Is the rake/trail stock?

    Could be an issue with the bearings. Prop the front up and turn the forks
    side to side to see if it feels smooth or rough. Also, try pulling
    forward/back on the forks and see if it moves at all.
    Kevin Something, Aug 15, 2003
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  3. tlupis

    tlupis Guest

    I checked the tires, they are not stock but are the correct size
    according to the manual, both are brand new from the previous owner.
    Tire pressures are correct - I tried adjusting the damper settings on
    the back shocks and it didnt make a difference on the steering
    problem, just made the ride less or more stiff as it is supposed to...
    tlupis, Aug 16, 2003
  4. tlupis

    tlupis Guest

    I've had a few people suggest that it might be the bearings...I've put
    the bike up on centerstand and when I move the forks side to side it
    feels smooth. There is no play forward and back on the forks
    tlupis, Aug 16, 2003
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    Kevin Gregg Guest

    Has a previous owner slid the triple trees down too far over the tubes?
    Kevin Gregg, Aug 16, 2003
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    John Johnson Guest

    I don't mean to be flip, but you were detecting the play: the bike was
    behaving badly in corners. I'm no expert wrench, though I've done my
    share, and I must admit to being surprised that people expect to be able
    to detect bearing problems by shaking the fork legs of a machine with
    tolerances measured in hundredths of a millimeter.

    I would be annoyed that there isn't a better method (and I don't know
    whether to be surprised or not about the lack of such method) for
    detecting such problems than to ride a potentially murderous machine.
    It's a pretty problem, no doubt; you want better performance so
    precision goes up, but that also means that the older methods of testing
    and diagnosing may not be sensitive enough to detect problems before
    they become serious safety hazards.

    Ah well, I hope that the OP gets the problem fixed and back on two
    wheels. I'm between bikes (saving up, though) and really missing it.
    <sigh> :-/
    John Johnson, Sep 2, 2003
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