I'm trying to imagine what could change, static vs rolling.....? 🤔
Other than the obvious, tire pressure good, damper backed all the way off?
What offset bushings did you use in the triple clamps? What offset are the clamps with zero bushings? You do have the same bushing offsets, top, and bottom, true? One of your earlier pics looks like you have a 5mm in the top, I can't read the bottom one though.
That "rub" on the stem appears to be similar to a ball rubbing against the stem. Is there a corresponding mark inside the neck? The "rub" definitely should not be there. These triple clamps were new, correct?
Correct, brand new triples. No rubbing on the races inside the neck, not even any dents.
The scuffs may be the paint off the frame, the steering was very hard at first when I reassembled the bike. I noticed it when I test rode it for less than 50 yards. I went back and loosened the stem collar and removed the damper to eliminate any doubts.
The steering was better, but still stiff once rolling. The forks made the “clunking” sound when pushed back and forth.
Do you think it’s the bearing improperly seated or the design of the new triples? The triples are Gen1 specific.
Just use the OEM kit. Tapered bearings aren't worth the trouble and there's a reason OEMs don't use them. Installing the lower race is easy if you fashion a driver out of a piece of pipe. I actually sandblast the races on my bikes to provide a little more resistance.