Additional Tech Tips

In addition to the Service Repair Guide link which covers some of the more significant technical areas with the Post-Production Service Repair Guidelines, this page is designed to provide general maintenance and riding tips. So review them with an open mind as you may find useful, and you may not. If you have some tips you're willing to share, please let us know. Thank you and keep riding your X!

  1. *** Wheel and Tire Balancing ***
    Anyone that has ridden motorcycles for some time, they quickly recognize the importance of having properly balanced tires and rims. Oftentimes when the tires are new, they may be well balanced, however as they wear the balance becomes questionable. Especially on the front tire where many types of motorcycles have cupped front tire wear issues, excessive vibrations, etc...There is another method of balancing the complete assembly, that is a lifetime balance method, that you can do yourself. It is the famous DynaBeads or similar products. Many riders have used them for years, including the founder Dan Hanlon. Best with new tires. Click here to open up the link and read more about it at:

    Navigate to their website if you want to learn more and order. There are other brands too, so check around if you like. This balancing method has been used for years, although does not work for every motor vehicle application. You can remove the unsightly weights with the added benefit of these working better. Some might question the science, however it is primarily centrifugal force doing what it's supposed to do. Many have used on their bikes and immediately notice improved handling, less vibration, no tire cupping, and longer tire life. Except if you do burnouts, the tire will still wear fast!

  2. *** Front and Rear Tires Age and Handlebar Wobble ***
    Tires do age, and many Super X's that have limited miles on them may have good tread left on their tires, however the tires may become compromised with time. Also, if they were not balanced properly, or if the steering head bearing is not adjusted properly, your tires might be cupped, and require changing. Some bikes exhibit a front end wobble, which can be minimized or eliminated by proper tire pressure, new tires, proper balancing, and steering head bearings adjustment (or replace with upper tapered bearing). Try the Dynabeads (or equivalent) that is listed above when you put on new tires, and make sure the steering head bearing is adjusted properly, and your bike will seem like a new motorcycle. Ask your Authorized/Licensed Service Shop about this.

  3. *** Steering Head Bearing Replacement ***
    The Authorized Service Centers can perform a replacement of the upper steering head roller ball bearing with a retrofit kit that includes an upper taper bearing to match the lower taper bearing. The leading link front suspension has enough mass that the steering improves significantly through having a tapered upper and lower bearing, allowing proper torque to be applied and maintained, and minimizes steering wobble and tire wear...feels like a new motorcycle. If you're experiencing any front end or steering concerns you might want to contact an Authorized Service Center to consider having this completed.

  4. *** Brighter Brake Lamps & Turn Signals ***
    Okay, this might be something you're unaware of. The standard brake light(s) on most motor vehicles are the 1157 or 198 bulbs, which have a brightness of 32 MSCD (NOTE: Mean Spherical Candela = The average value of the luminous intensity of a light source in all directions. To convert MSCD to Lumens, multiply by 4pi (12.57)). Okay, that's the technical jargon, the layman's language is it's simply the brightness of the bulb identified to a standard. There is a replacement bulb, the 2357 LL which has a brightness of 40 MSCD, which is 25% brighter. The LL designates "Long Life" and has double the predicted life at 10,000 hours. Bulbs are inexpensive, and can usally be purchased in stock at local auto parts stores, or Napa, Auto Zone, O'Reilly Auto, etc.. This bulb can also be used in the front turn signals of your Super X. Motorcyclists need to be seen, and the 25% brighter may help. Make sure to get the LL designation for the long life. Here are the specs for those who like detail: Press FIREITUP  to load viewer...

  5. *** Winter or Temporary Storage Tips ***
    Most riders at certain times throughout the year will need to temporarily store their motorcycle. If for a 2-3-4 month period, there is really very little you need to do. Preferably you will want to: (1) use non-oxygenated fuel, (2) a fuel stabilizer or Sea Foam, (3) proper air pressure in tires, (4) keep battery charged with a Jr. Battery Tender (or similar) or keep charged monthly, (5) reasonably fresh oil change, (6) breathable cover, and (7) if in an enclosed area with no air circulation, you might want to use floor dry or cardboard under the motorcycle to minimize moisture.

    For longer term storage, in addition to the above, you may want to siphon the fuel from the tank, spray exposed metal parts with a penetrating/lubricating/protectant type fluid, and there are also the circulating air-bags with desiccant and fans for air circulation. Whether short or long term, the best is a climatically controlled environment if possible, but short term certainly not necessary.


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