My dear friend Pat who is currently riding around the world on his Yamaha XT250 suggested that I lube the from steering rack. My Triumph Bonneville and Ducati Monster both suffered from this illness. Both bikes needed the entire front end taken apart to lube the joints. When my Ducati had about 15,000 miles, the front end was very sticky and hard to turn. Then, while I was taking a small slow turn near my home, I felt it locking to the left. Once the lubrication was applied, it was like riding a new bike. I really want to perform the work myself but as you will note below, the job is bigger than my skill level, tools and resources. While the bike is taken apart, I might as well replace the handlebars because Pat said the factory ones are very soft and bend easily. Here are a few videos with my progress.
Pat suggested that I should replace the front fender because the little one on top of the tire fills up with mud. After I recorded the video, I realized that he is referring to. Per his recommendation, I ordered a Yamaha YZ250 fender which should be a good fit.
After reading various blogs and a wonderful phone call with my dear from Bob, I decided to allow the experts lube the steering bearings. It turns out that the job requires special tools and suspension knowledge. Stay tuned for another blog post sharing that portion of the project........