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Old 06-09-2006, 03:32 PM
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I have a 05 Heritage and when I let off the gas and comming down from 50 mph or less the handlebars shake. It is not too much just a little. My question is, does the head nut need to be tightend? Or what is the best choice of action?
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Old 06-09-2006, 04:48 PM
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i have a 06 night train with a spoked rim it does it to
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Old 06-09-2006, 07:06 PM
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Put your bikes on a lift and check the fall over. I bet your steering head is too lose. Mine did the same thing
and that is what it turned out to be. With the bike on the lift if you touch the handle bars and the front
end just "falls" to one side the steering head bearings are too loose. The guys at the HD shop recommended
that they be adjusted a little tight, book calls for 2" fall over and they suggested 3". There is a procedure
for this in the manual but it is pretty simple. With the bike on the lift tape a piece of string to the bottom
of the rear fender. Put some type of weight on the end of the string to where the weight is just off the
floor then put marks on the floor or use a yard stick. With the front wheel straight slowly push the end
of the bar and watch the inch marks to see where the wheel begins to fall over by itself. should
start at about 2" of movement, if not tighten the bearings.
I tried tightening the spokes and checking the tightness of the swing arm but it turned out to
be that the steering head was loose, after tightening that no more wobble and it is like riding a different
bike as far as handling goes.
Note: some bikes require that you remove items like the clutch cable to check this.

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Old 06-09-2006, 11:47 PM
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do you know the tourqe spec .THANKS
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Old 06-10-2006, 12:16 PM
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No tourqe speck for the steering head nut, just adjust the fall away.

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do you know the tourqe spec .THANKS
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Old 06-10-2006, 01:30 PM
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Default RE: Handlebar shake

My 06 did the same thing it was stering head loose at 1000 miles look for the post of mine. Many people said it was the spokes I don't think you should mess them if you don't know how. The stering head being tightened fixed mine. Good luck
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Old 06-10-2006, 03:04 PM
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Hey thanks guys, That was what I thought it was nice to get a good second opinion on the subject. Just another geat reason to be apart of the forum.
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Forgot to add a front image... here ya go

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Old 06-19-2006, 08:34 PM
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i had my stering berings adj shake all gone and all no charge
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