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Front end "clicking" sound when letting off throttle?

I am hearing a light clicking sound coming from the front of the bike somewhere when I let off the throttle. It mainly happens when decellerating from 60~70 mph or so (higher gears). Its bugging the hell out of me and I cannot figure it out. Please advise any help you can, and thanks in advance!
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Check your steering head bearings. This is a common issue.



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yep, my money would be on steering stem bearings too.
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Also check the fork fasteners and maybe the fork fluid is low. Curious though about the steering head bearings, what do most owners change them out to when they're worn? Tapered roller bearings (All Balls etc)?

Duct tape can't fix stupid...but it sure helps muffle the sound
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Clicking Sound

Any noise when applying the front brake?
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Just retorque the steering stem nut. The one UNDER the top triple clamp that requires special tools. You can make it yourself or go buy one.



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Curious though about the steering head bearings, what do most owners change them out to when they're worn? Tapered roller bearings (All Balls etc)?
I've only changed the steering stem bearings on an SV1000S and I went with the tapered All-Balls bearings. The OEM design is not sealed on both sides and could allow dirt, moisture, etc. into the grease. I've not done an RC51 yet.

I had the clicking front end noise on my old R1 and retorquing the stem nut properly fixed it right up.

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I just pulled my stem and honestly the dust seals are very good on the RC. My bike is a 2000 with 27,000 miles and everything was as clean as new.
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