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    My 2017 has slack in the steering head bearings and I only have a little over 11,000 miles on it. Is this normal or was it not set up properly at the factory? Seems like it’s low mileage to be having this problem. Would this be covered under warranty?



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    Seems like very low mileage to be experiencing steering head bearing problems they can last for many miles before even need an adjustment. Check everything out to insure it all tight and take it back to the dealer i am sure that covered in your warranty. Keep us informed Good Luck
    2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Madrebel View Post
      My 2017 has slack in the steering head bearings and I only have a little over 11,000 miles on it. Is this normal or was it not set up properly at the factory? Seems like it’s low mileage to be having this problem. Would this be covered under warranty?

      Do you still have the Factory Ball Bearings?

      If so once they are set properly. I have to readjust them every 12-15,000 miles. (They loosen up in that mileage.)

      Most people go to the tapered Roller All Balls bearings.

      Once set properly. They hold the adjustment.


      Warranties only cover defective parts. Warranty (ex) doesn't cover an adjustment.

      Although I have seen some dealers go above and beyond for a customer if they bought the bike from them or have a service contract with them.

      I suggest you call your local dealer to ask if they'd cover the adjustment under warranty?.

      Asking first doesn't cost anything.



      If you decide to have the All Balls bearings installed?

      Now would be a great time to upgrade the Lower Triple tree to a "Rocky Tree" or Aluminum Tree.
      It will make you think you have a new handling bike under you!!.
      ************************************************** *******
      Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
      "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
      Current bikes.
      1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
      1986 GL1200 SEi
      2004 GL1800

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        Yep, still factory ones. If ITo not covered I will be upgrading to tapered. Send info on your rocky tree please. 👍🏼

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Madrebel View Post
          Yep, still factory ones. If ITo not covered I will be upgrading to tapered. Send info on your rocky tree please. 👍🏼
          Pm's sent.
          ************************************************** *******
          Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
          "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
          Current bikes.
          1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
          1986 GL1200 SEi
          2004 GL1800

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