Worn stock steering stem ball bearings in your motorcycle will usually cause notchy steering. Replacing the bearings will dramatically improve your steering by eliminating high-speed jerkiness and unpredictable left-right to left-right oscillation on less than perfect road surfaces. You will discover that even your low-speed driving will smooth out to become almost effortless.
Most motorcycles, including the $20,000 plus tourers like Goldwings, have been built with primitive bicycle-type loose ball bearings races. You may have stock bearings worth pennies that provide little steering stem support and cause poor handling and turning responses. These bearings typically have sloppy, crude tolerances that can literally cause side-to-side clunking and vague, uncomfortable steering. They damage easily and over time will pit and rust which will impede ease of steering movement that can eventually become quite dangerous.
All Balls™ made improvements with precision tapered roller (Timken type) bearings for the steering stem. All Balls™ races have deep, tapered roller bearing housings for maximum support and load vector thrust where it should be – down in the center of the steering stem.
Balance, ease of handling and effortless turning with these huge, supporting roller bearing surfaces make a twitchy nightmare into a riding pleasure and there will be one less defective assembly to forget about. You will experience a lot more riding enjoyment no matter how old the motorcycle. Safety should always be your primary consideration. Replacing steering stem bearings to improve handling and control of your motorcycle is a small price to pay for so much!
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