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bikes have some kind of me­chan­i­cal fea­ture that stops the bike’s front end from turn­ing too far and do­ing dam­age to it­self. With­out any steer­ing stops, you could po­ten­tially slam your fork tubes or triple clamps into your ra­di­a­tors, in­flict­ing dam­age to both parts and your wal­let. Most Japa- nese bikes have non­ad­justable tabs, so there is noth­ing you can re­ally do with those. But it is sur­pris­ing how many KTM, Husky, and Beta rid­ers don’t re­al­ize their bikes have ad­justable steer­ing stops that might come from the fac­tory ad­justed out far enough to in­hibit their turn­ing abil­ity.

We found this out with our Husqvarna FE 250 when tryall ing to com­plete a tight turn chal­lenge at the Bon­nier ADV Rally. We just couldn’t get the bike to com­plete a 360 within a small group of cones while ad­ven­ture bikes were do­ing it with mod­er­ate ease. Then we re­mem­bered to check the steer­ing stops, and they were a quar­ter to a half inch out from the frame. We as­sume this ad­just­ment range is to ac­count for af­ter­mar­ket ra­di­a­tors, ra­di­a­tor pro­tec­tion, and/ or dif­fer­ent triple clamps. To ad­just, you need a deep, 13mm socket to get to the lock­nut. If you don’t have one (we didn’t at the time), you can use a 10mm socket to back out the ad­just­ment bolt if it isn’t too tight. If ev­ery­thing is stock on the bike, ad­just­ing the bolt all the way to the lock­nut isn’t go­ing to cause any con­tact between fork and ra­di­a­tor. We don’t, how­ever, sug­gest re­mov­ing the lock­nut or the bolt al­to­gether. You get a lit­tle bit more turn­ing ra­dius, but it puts the fork tube dan­ger­ously close to the ra­di­a­tor. In a tip-over when things are flex­ing, you want some breath­ing room.

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