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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 2011, 10:16 am Thread Starter
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K1 Low speed handling

I have just fully restored a 1993 K1 after 2 years, which has new progressive front springs, new rear RAM shock, serviced / retightened head bearings, overhauled steering damper, but the low speed handling is appauling and inspire zero confidence.

The tyres are in good condition and were replaced by the previous over. The tyres are a Metzler Roadtech Z6 on the front and Bridgestone Battlax BT021R on the rear.

Is the low speed handling a trait of the K!?

or does anyone have a recommendations? especially for a brand/model of excellent handling tyres (I don't really care about tyre life/wear).

Many thanks Alex
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2011, 7:59 pm
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Hi Aloader,

I have had a number of long abandoned K100's and have had the front end off 3 of them, specificaly because the headstem bearings have siezed from years of non use.

You cannot expect to get the tension on the bearing right first time when you reassemble.
It always takes road testing and adjustments over a few days...
You are describing what sounds like an overtight bearing situation. I can't see how any of the other improvements would affect it this way.

It's not easy but you should be able to get to the lock nut (30mm)without disconnecting the brake line ( as you would with a k100 anyway) Ease it back, and wind the adjuster wheel back a pinch to take a little tension off those bearings. It would be reasonable to loosen the fork leg pinch bolts (upper) to allow free movement of the component while you change the bearing tension - then retighten them of course when you have compeleted your adjustment

You soon know when it's too loose, it chatters...

Good luck

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Yes...I've had 2 and still have one. Turning radius is large and with being top heavy...low seed turning is challenging.
But the bike is worth the challenge

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K 1 low speed handling problem

Alex, have You finaly solved the problem? I am curious, because a few years ago my K 75 worried me in the similar way. Franta.
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i have that issue on my 2011 K1300GT. It is especially noticeable just when rolling to a stop. It wants to lurch to one side or the other, and weaves below 30 kmh. I am told it is a ball joint, and replacing it requires removing and dismantling the entire front end, plus radiator, body panels, etc.
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