I picked up an 06 FJR about a month ago. This isn't my first bike, been riding for 20 years and do a lot of minor maintenance on my bikes.
While pushing the bike around I noticed a slightly audible clunk in the front end. When you hold the front brake and rock the bike forward and back you can barely hear and certainly feel a clunk. Feels just like headset bearing loose.
When moving the bike forward and you apply the brake you will hear and feel it. But if you continue forward it won't do it. But when you pull the bike backwards and apply the brake it will do it, but again only once. If you continue backwards it won't do it again. Once forward, once back, or when your rocking the bike with the brake applied.
We got the front wheel up off the ground and shook the forks by hand and everything seems tight. I don't think it's in the headset, but can't pin point where it may be coming from.
Someone mentioned floating rotors that may have loose buttons, but they are all tight.
The mechanic that looked at it today said it's normal to do that. "It's the bushings."
"What bushings?" I asked.
"The bushings in the front end" he replied.
I gave up.
Also, now that the bike is broke in and I can run sustained speeds higher than the speed limit I noticed, starting about 70, the front end has a shake to it. Feels like a tire out of balance. Gets worse, up to a point, as speed increases. There are no weights on the front wheel. The dealer says that can be normal, even though I've never known a wheel to come out perfectly balanced with a new tire.
Mechanic took it for a ride said he didn't notice it shaking. I told him it was barely starting at 70 and noticeable up around 80-90. He can't take the bike over the speed limit of 65. I asked "how are you going to properly diagnoses the problem then?"
And they would re-balance it but if they found nothing wrong then I'd have to pay for it. I asked if there was nothing wrong with the wheel balance where else were they going to look for the front end shake?
So, between the problem with the rear wheel grease discussed here:
The grease on the wheel is normal according to them, my front end clunk is also normal (even though the mechanic couldn't explain to me what it was clunking) and I can pay to have the wheel balanced if it's close to being balanced.
I'm not real happy with this dealer. I left there in a pretty bad mood, and I'm sure I left them in one also. Problem is, most of them around here are similar. If we can't figure it out, you have to pay for it.
I guess the long of this is: Does anyone else with an 06 FJR have this front end clunking? Is it normal?
Is the sploog I'm getting on my rear wheel normal? Anyone else get that?
I'm happy with the bike, just not real happy with Yamaha's customer service so far.