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post #1 of 4 Old 05-12-2008, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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My Front End "Clunk" (Pic)

While on my ride through New Brunswick, Canada this past weekend, I heard a "new" sound coming from the front of the bike. I was riding West along RT 4 heading for RT 630, (What I call the "Fun Part"; all dirt... ), having just taken some photos of the McAdam Train Station, and heard a new sound from the front of the bike. There was also new "movement" from the front end of the bike. As I rode, I grabbed the cowling and gave it a tug. There was more movement then there should be.

I turned on to RT 630 and pulled over to check things out.......

I found a missing bolt and a loose bolt that holds the structure of the cowling to the frame, (just below the steering head.). There is supposed to be thread locker on these bolts. On the bolt that was loose, there was NO(!) evidence of ANY thread locker. I tightened the remaining bolt 3 times during my journey.

Please check yours.


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+1 on that. I had the same thing happen, except my bolt landed on the tripleclamp and wedged itself under the steering head so I could only turn on direction. This was while leading 20 riders on a ride. We eventually had to turn the bolt out it was so wedged. I used about three gallons of loctite to put the bolts back in with.

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While on my ride through New Brunswick, Canada this past weekend, I heard a "new" sound coming from the front of the bike. I was riding West along RT 4 heading for RT 630, (What I call the "Fun Part"; all dirt... ), having just taken some photos of the McAdam Train Station, and heard a new sound from the front of the bike. There was also new "movement" from the front end of the bike. As I rode, I grabbed the cowling and gave it a tug. There was more movement then there should be.

I turned on to RT 630 and pulled over to check things out.......

I found a missing bolt and a loose bolt that holds the structure of the cowling to the frame, (just below the steering head.). There is supposed to be thread locker on these bolts. On the bolt that was loose, there was NO(!) evidence of ANY thread locker. I tightened the remaining bolt 3 times during my journey.

Please check yours.

Wow I need to check those bolts! Thanks for the heads up.

Did you come through at St. Croix? I have some nice pictures of the old train station in McAdam. I came back that way from Cape Breton and met the Border Guard Barry Johnson. He's from my old stomping grounds and has been there since about 1975. Nice guy. Lonely guy. That's a pretty quiet crossing.

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whoa! Crazy! I've never heard of that coming apart before this thread.

Good to know- especially because the whole front end of the bike is held on with only those two bolts.

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