For safety, the steering should always be kept adjusted so that the handlebar will turn freely but not have excessive play.
If the steering is too tight, it will be difficult to turn the handlebar quickly, the motorcycle may pull to one side, and the steering stem bearings may become damaged. If the steering is too loose, the handlebar will vibrate, and the motorcycle will be unstable and difficult to steer in a straight line.
To check the steering adjustment, first support the motor cycle so that the front wheel is raised off the ground. Push the handlebar lightly to either side; if it continues moving under its own momentum, the steering is not too tight. Squatting in front of the motorcycle, grasp the lower ends of the front fork outer tubes, and shake it back and forth; if no play is felt, the steering is not too loose.
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