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Hi guys,

Just before I post my question I would just like to say that I've been keeping my eyes on this forum for the past few months and I've found it really informative now that I've got my own Fireblade, bought it off my dad who's nearing 60!

The problem I'm having is that when I'm in heavy traffic, in other word lots of start/stop and slipping the clutch in between the cars, the front end start to feel heavier.

Its a strange feeling (might just all be in my head!) and it continues until I pick up a bit of speed and then I don't notice it as much, although its still there. The only thing I can compare it to is a steering damper which I had fitted to my previous bike, an Aprilia RS125, the steering is just tightened up.

I don't think its the head bearings as the bike has never (yep, never!) been wheelied although I am begining to suspect that the pads, which have got about 14k miles on them, are dragging along the rotors.
 

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Its prolly in your head. Just putting more weight on the front from stopping and waiting and what not. Then you take off and the front is a lot lighter. I dont know, just guessin...
 

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The trick is to move to California so you don't have to stop and start in traffic....just slowly and steadily split lanes and get where you need to be much sooner. :)
 

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Check tire pressure.
Does the bike have a damper on it? If so check the settings.
Lift the frame of the bike and check the steering stem bearings.
Your new liter bike is much heavier than your 125. But you know that.
 

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I had it where my front rotors dragged on the front wheel. I took the calipers off and used a wire brush to clean the guide pins (on the bolts) and they were pretty dirty and then put a light coat of grease on them and reinstalled it and it went away. they are probably dirty and when they get real hot maybe they are expanding a little or just hanging up. I would clean them and grease them. its free and takes about 20 min to do the whole job. good luck
 

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I know the front end is heavier than the RS125 as I've been irding the blade on and off since I got my full license 5 years ago.

I haven't got a steering damper on the bike and the feeling of a heavy front-end doesn't exactly go away completely once I can get up to a decent speed!

I'll try cleaning the locating pin for the pads when I get the time!
 

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Yeap, it spins freely enough considering its weight and the fact the pads are always in contact with the discs (which is normal).
 
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