Hello everybody. First time poster from Cleveland, OH. I bought a 2005 M50 yesterday, there are a few things I want to take care of right away.
The forks need aligned. You can see it when standing over the bike and sighting down the center, the tire points a few degrees to the right. I've done some research and found this instructional video:
To summarize the video:
1. Loosen up all the fasteners on the front end (so they are finger tight) EXCEPT the top most pinch bolts.
2. Actuate the suspension a few times by pressing your weight down on the front part of the tank/frame
3. Torque up all the loose fasteners without moving anything as you're going around tightening things.
This procedure makes a lot of sense to me the only thing I'm questioning is if it's safe to let the weight of the M50 "hang" on the two pinch bolts at the top of the forks? The demonstration was done with a Hayabusa. I looked up some specs and I'm finding my M50 is about 50lbs more than the Hayabusa, which puts them a lot closer than I was expecting.
Is this an appropriate method of aligning the forks on an M50?
I'm sure this has been covered, but this forum is HUGE and I wasn't finding anything addressing this.
Thanks in advance,