LOL, I gotta test-ride this thing! I've never owned a new bike that needed this kind of attention to the headset (sorry that's a bicycling term but easier to say and type). I have a 2012 GSX-R 750, I've R&R'd the upper triple twice to install and then remove Heli-Bars (hated them, they just mess up the whole riding position and handling, if you want a sport-tourer, get one!) and the headset never budged off factory assembly. No other bike I've owned from new has ever had an issue like this.Wanna do mine for me? :badteeth:
I chalk it up to the thoroughbred nature of these newest lightweight monsters. Everything is ultra-light and fine-tuned. With engineering, the lighter it is, the more precise the assembly and adjustment has to be. Like a Harley (I had a couple) you just crank that bitch down until she's tight and ride the crap out of it. My 2006 Dyna-Glide, really fun bike, I put around 18,000 miles on it before I sold it, and it never gave me any trouble. But then it's a cruiser, a big chunk of steel. I got a 2013 CB1100 now, that's my cruiser. Great bike but same thing, tube steel frame, everything big and heavy, very tolerant of things not being torqued or assembled "just right". I was on the CB1100 forum for a couple of years and the guys that like that bike, let me tell you, most of them would not last five seconds on this forum, the technology in the ZX-10R is so far beyond them. Not all, but the majority of guys attracted to that type of bike don't care about operating systems or networks or CANBUS or ECU or any of the complicated shit we take for granted. When I tried to explain what a reflash was you could not believe how hard it was to get across that every parameter of the engine could be changed just with an upload. (Upload, what's that?).
That's a lot of philosophizing about a steering stem but that's why I am not really bothered by this, I got the 10R because of what it is, the latest technology, and it's not just electronics, it's the metals, plastics, the touch you need to maintain and ride it. It's EXACTLY what I wanted. You have to be in touch with this bike, more than ever before, going back 32 years anyway. My first superbike (VF750F) was a tank, a boat anchor.
So hats off to anyone who can master this beast and get on good terms with it.ccasion1