bolt stuck in steering head bearings
The two frame bolts are M8x1.25, 20mm long hardened bolts. Suzuki's gone wild of late with thread locker use but those bolts actually need it.
Sometimes, the first problem noticed is the steering won't move much past center on one side. That happens when a frame bolt comes loose and falls on the lower triple clamp.
Happened to me just after having gone over a cattle crossing (brrrrump!) and attempting a U-turn on a deserted road. Normally an easy maneuver, but this time the bike just wouldn't turn and fell to the lowside, catching my boot underneath the bike. The ladyfriend picked her self up, and then took enough weight off the bike to allow me to pull my boot free. Bruised crap out of my lower leg but we were OK.
The AWOL bolt got crammed by the steering lock stop lug into the steering head bearing itself, and it took a hammer (um, channel-locks) and a punch (um, screwdriver) to dislodge it. The lady's fingers were small enough to start the bolt threading back in, and a 10mm wrench (at last, the correct tool) snugged it up. Problem solved. Locktite came later.
Just the day before, we had crossed the Beartooth Highway experiencing winds so gusty I was afraid to stop for a photo op. We shudder to think what might have happened on that road if the steering had been compromised. Definitely not the shoulder you want to run off.
2012 Glee, 2013 CanAM Spyder ST, 1989 Transalp, 1990 HawkGT