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Creaking in the front, handlebars

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Kwaipuak
OK, so I rode from Philly to Waterloo to finally put on some miles.
after I finally made it to Ontario I noticed a creaking noise when ever I turned the bike, then realized I could make it just by pushing down on the handlebars or gripping them and pulling up or pushing forward. Anyone have any ideas? I can see if I can get a video.
 

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bmwpowere36m3
Probably the rubber isolators in the handlebar clamps are squeaking/creaking as they move around well you pull the bars. I guess you could check that the nuts are tight on the underside of the upper triple clamp.

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jcramin
My steering head bearings went bad at 3000 miles and made a creaking and popping noise. Another bike in town had the same problem as mine at 600 miles. It seems they cranked down the steering stem nut/cap so tight it ruins the steering head bearings which are the old school ball bearing type. Not the needle bearing type.

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bmwpowere36m3
My steering head bearings went bad at 3000 miles and made a creaking and popping noise. Another bike in town had the same problem as mine at 600 miles. It seems they cranked down the steering stem nut/cap so tight it ruins the steering head bearings which are the old school ball bearing type. Not the needle bearing type.
 
 
Really, not tapered roller?

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jcramin
NO not tapered. Actual old school ball bearings in a cage. BUT someone does make a tapered kit to replace the upper and lower bearings.

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