What Kinda Bike Is That?
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
I do the task by the following steps.
With the motorcycle on its sidestand:
1- Back off all preload on the fork caps.
2- "Crack" the fork caps loose; Just Loose.
3 - Loosen both LOWER fork clamp bolts on both fork tubes.
4 - Loosen, and remove the brake lines on the left and right hand side.
6- Loosen, and remove the left and right fender bolts.
5 - Loosen, and remove the left and right brake calipers and hang them out of the way.
6- Loosen, and remove the speedometer sending cable.
7 - Loosen front axle pinch bolt. (This does not need to be removed.)
8 - "Crack" the front axle loose.
With the motorcycle now rolled up on its centerstand:
9- Raise the front end of the motorcycle, off of the floor, with a floor jack underneath the skidplate, or motor. Make sure that the rear wheel is touching the floor for a "Three Point" contact; both feet of the centerstand, and the rear wheel.
10- Remove the front axle and let the front wheel drop free.
11- Kneel in front of your bike, with one hand on the right fork tube, reach up and loosen the TOP fork clamp bolt. The fork tube will want to slide right out into your hand! Don't let it. Remove the front fender first before removing the fork tube.
12- Work one fork tube at a time. That's just my opinion though. For me, there are less parts to kick around with the tip of my shoe, and also less fork oil to spill too. And, I have done all of these things!
A- What I just described is a "Top Down" method of disassembling the front end of your motorcycle. Work from the top down, and once you are at the bottom, you will "catch" the fork tube coming out of the top fork clamp.
B- If you have a forkbrace installed, that has to be worked into the "Top Down" sequence too.
C- What I just described, I am doing from memory. My motorcycle is a little different then yours. But, the "method" is still the same; work from the top, down to the axle.
D- The idea of doing a lot of the "loosening" of bolts, while the motorcycle is on its sidestand is, it is safer. The "three point stance" of the bike is much larger, (the front wheel, the back wheel, and the sidestand are spread far apart.), when it is on its sidestand, then when it is up on the centerstand. Any "heavy wrenching" is being done when the bike is in its safest stance; on the sidestand.
2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
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Last edited by Black Lab; 06-13-2012 at 05:38 PM.