2. Front wheel: removal and refitting

  1. Place the machine on its centre stand and wedge a wooden block or similar under the sump so that the front wheel is clear of the ground. Make a note of the tyre rotation arrow (or mark the wheel itself) to ensure that the wheel is refitted the original way round.
  2. During wheel removal make a careful note of any washers and spacers fitted; these must be refitted in their original locations. Also wedge a piece of wood between the brake pads; do not apply the brake lever. It will be necessary to remove at least one brake caliper to permit wheel removal; depending on the type and make of front tyre fitted it may prove necessary to remove both.
  3. To remove either caliper, first unscrew the brake hose/pipe clamp at the top of the fork lower leg (on models with two-piece mudguards it may well prove quicker to remove the mudguard rear section), then remove the two caliper mounting bolts and withdraw the caliper, wedging a spacer such as a clean piece of wood between its pads.
  4. Unscrew the Allen screw which secures the spindle retaining collar on the right-hand side and withdraw it with the collar. Slacken the spindle clamp bolts, insert a tommy-bar into the spindle and pull out the spindle with a twisting motion. Note the two spacers.
  5. On refitting, grease the spindle to prevent corrosion and reverse the removal procedure. The wider of the two spacers fits against the hub left-hand side. Hold the spindle with the tommy-bar and tighten the Allen screw to the specified torque setting. Refit the caliper(s), if removed, and tighten the mounting bolts securely, to the specified torque wrench setting.
  6. When the wheel has been refitted, tighten the spindle Allen screw to its specified torque setting, then push the machine off its stand and apply the front brake (having refitted the calipers, where applicable). Pump the forks up and down several times to align the fork lower legs on the spindle, then raise the machine on to its centre stand and tighten the spindle clamps to their specified torque settings. Apply the brake lever repeatedly to bring the pads back into contact with the discs.
  7. Check that the brake and front forks operate correctly, that the wheel is free to rotate easily, and that all disturbed fasteners are correctly tightened before riding the machine.

Fig 9.1
fig. 9.1 Front wheel

1 Spindle cap 5 Wheel 9 Allen screw 12 Clip -
2 Spindle 6 Spacer 10 Tyre valve 13 Balance weight
3 Spacer 7 Spacer 11 Balance weight -
4 Ball bearing 8 Retaining collar Early 100 models only


2.1 Before removing wheel, note tyre fitting mark and use to determine direction of installation

2.3 One caliper, possibly both, must be removed before the wheel can be withdrawn

2.4 Unscrew spindle retaining Allen screw and withdraw retainer to release spindle

2.5a Note that wider spacer is on hub left-hand side ...

2.5b ... narrower spacer on hub right-hand side

2.6a Tighten spindle retainer Allen screw to specified torque setting and align fork legs on spindle ...

2.6b ... before tightening spindle clamp bolts to specified torque setting