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Old 12-26-2018, 08:37 AM   #1
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Question about 09 FZ6 Steering

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This might belong in the Review section but I'm not sure so.. Kitchen Sink. Anyway, I just bought an FZ6 with 10 year old balding tires, everything else is great though. I did the test ride in the rain (never again, holy crap that was scary with those tires) and noticed the steering was a little weird but chalked it up to my limited experience with bikes (mostly just ridden my 650 ninja for the last 2 years) and the rain. However, now that it's dry and I've swapped out the rear (going to swap the front later today), it's still weird.

My buddy who's been riding for a long time had a chance to ride it and said the same thing. It's like it steers itself at low speeds. I'm sort of hoping that this will be resolved by changing the front tire but braking hard with the front doesn't produce any undesired results so I doubt the front tire is so slippery that it's causing this issue. Is there anyone out there who's had an FZ6 (not FZ6R) that can comment on what I'm describing? Is this normal for some bikes? If so, do you get used to it pretty quick? Will it still lean/turn like any other bike at higher speeds

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Old 12-26-2018, 08:46 AM   #2
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I'd have put this in garage

a squared off or V'd off tire can certainly produce unusual handling characteristics
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:52 AM   #3
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First check tire pressure and the head bearings. Then ask a mod to put this in garage.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:55 AM   #4
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:11 AM   #5
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If you still have the worn front tire on I bet that is the problem. Fronts often wear into a point, causing the bike to fall in to turns. Put a fresh front on and get back to us.

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Old 12-26-2018, 09:26 AM   #6
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Thanks to all who have already responded and to the mod for moving the post. The front tire is surprisingly rounded considering the rear was squared off. The tire is a bit low but as I understand it, that should help with this issue more than it would hurt right? I'll have my buddy help me check the head bearings later today and let you know if swapping out the tire makes a difference but if a hard tire wouldn't cause this weirdness, I'm not very confident the tire is the problem.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:04 AM   #7
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Are the top of the fork tubes sticking up above the top triple clamp? If so, how far?
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:06 AM   #8
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If you still have the worn front tire on I bet that is the problem. Fronts often wear into a point, causing the bike to fall in to turns. Put a fresh front on and get back to us.

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like he said
"old balding tires"......dead give away
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Are the top of the fork tubes sticking up above the top triple clamp? If so, how far?
I don't believe so but will check later.

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like he said
"old balding tires"......dead give away
I hope that's all it is. Am I wrong in thinking that braking hard with the front should cause slipping if the tire were bad enough to cause this weird steering issue?

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Yes, you're wrong.

An oddly worn tire can still have plenty of traction to lift the rear
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Yes, you're wrong.

An oddly worn tire can still have plenty of traction to lift the rear
Cool, well I'll keep you posted
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I would pay zero attention to any handling quirks until BOTH ends have new rubber.
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worn steering stem bearings feel like there are little notches or detents as you turn the handlebars back and forth. both while stopped and when in motion
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worn steering stem bearings feel like there are little notches or detents as you turn the handlebars back and forth. both while stopped and when in motion
this. Either tires or bearings.
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i would pay zero attention to any handling quirks until both ends have new rubber.
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