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Old 07-21-2014, 01:14 AM   #1
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Front end knocking

Riding a new ktm 1190 adventure. On a 2 week trip and have some front end knocking while breaking as well as just rolling over bumps?
What is it and how can I fix on the road?
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:43 AM   #2
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The only time I had knocking in my steering over bumps, the nut holding the top triple to the steering stem was loose. Since yours is a new bike, maybe the assembly monkey didn't tighten that nut properly.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:43 AM   #3
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Steering head bearings loose. Adjust. If you've the time and materials service them while at it.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:12 AM   #4
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Put the bike on stand and get weight off of the front wheel. Put your hands on the bottom of both fork tubes and move them fore and aft.
You will feel movement and hear the clunk if the bearings are loose.
If so then make sure you loosen the top fork triple clamps before tightening the bearings to the proper torque as they keep the top triple from moving while tightening the bearings.
The steering should have a bit of resistance when tightened properly but smooth. If it is not smooth and gets stiffer and looser notchy then you need to replace bearings and races.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:17 AM   #5
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You guys did note that this bike is two weeks old, right? Hopefully the stem bearings aren't already trashed.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:22 AM   #6
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You guys did note that this bike is two weeks old, right? Hopefully the stem bearings aren't already trashed.
could have been part of prep/setup that was not done properly.. i don't know how they crate 1190 ktm..
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:09 AM   #7
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Front end knocking

Thanks a lot for quick replies. Will be working on it today. Thx.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:22 PM   #8
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I do suspension only and I would say 20% of the brand new, never ridden motorcycles that come in, the front forks are out of alignment. So the guys that slap these bikes together are not quality in the least.
That being said the steering bearing is completed at the factory.
The factory does have better quality control but I still see a KTM with anomalies every 6 months or so.
Sometimes different shim stacks in each fork leg. Things like that.
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