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« on: January 28, 2007, 01:02:29 pm »
you  will recall from my previous post some issues i had with a certain dealership,no names mentioned  8)
well whilst the bike was in the shop i asked if they could check the steering as i was not happy with the way it had been behaving at low speed and a headshake when decelerating.
They checked it and told me all was in order  :shock:
this is what the bearing looks like  thats supposed to be ktm  ok
its a picture of the lower headstock bearing that  i removed this morning  
   

and a few photos of the work in progress and "Scribble" just back from the beach!







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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2007, 02:05:47 pm »
You seem to be getting very intimate with this scoot of yours.....
If you can keep your head in the midst of all this confusion, you don't understand the situation!
 

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2007, 02:16:13 pm »
You obvioulsy don't go round many corners!

My advise; Take less freeways.

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I wonder where that gravel road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. (Apologies to Mr Frost)

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2007, 02:57:38 pm »
Quote from: "Kamanya"
You obvioulsy don't go round many corners!

My advise; Take less freeways.

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If i do that , can i leave the bearings out? :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
 

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2007, 12:18:19 pm »
Headshake upon deceleration is unfortunately a 950 thing. A major amount of the bikes had it, and you would be super suprised at what fixed the damn problem:

Changing the scorps up front either to brand new pairs or to another brand like TKC's  - problem gone instantly.

I had my head bearings replaced, problem still existed. Searched the OC - and finally too the advice - and it worked.

Sometimes the headshake would be so severe that at any speed under 100, it would rip the bars out of my hands if I hit a pothole or something smilar. Very very scary.
 

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2007, 03:16:07 pm »
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Headshake upon deceleration is unfortunately a 950 thing. A major amount of the bikes had it, and you would be super suprised at what fixed the damn problem:

Changing the scorps up front either to brand new pairs or to another brand like TKC's  - problem gone instantly.

I had my head bearings replaced, problem still existed. Searched the OC - and finally too the advice - and it worked.

Sometimes the headshake would be so severe that at any speed under 100, it would rip the bars out of my hands if I hit a pothole or something smilar. Very very scary.


The headshake is'nt that bad on my bike especially with the steering damper. I did fit a new "scorp", but not much change.
What pissed me off was the odd handling at almost crawling speed.
Once I removed the forks and wheel and moved the triple clamp from side to side it was like a flippin ratchet. Fitted new top and bottom bearings today and problem solved.
Ktm in their wisdom declared that the the bearings were fine :o  :shock:  :shock:  :?
 

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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2007, 04:15:27 pm »
yes, the damper will help big time.

i was given some sound advice from a fella - who said - fix the hassle before sticking on a damper.

glad u to hear you are sorted