Harley issued a service bulletin (M-1246): I'll copy some of the text here.
A revised procedure has been identified for adjusting steering
head bearings on 2009 Touring model motorcycles.
Please note this change is unique to 2009 models only and
does not affect earlier model year vehicles.
Required Dealer Action
Inform service staff of this revised procedure and follow this
method when servicing these motorcycles. Replace section
1.21 STEERING HEAD BEARINGS. Place the included
pages into all 2009 Touring Models Service Manuals (Part
No. 99483-09) that are in use in dealer service departments
as well as unsold inventory.
1. See Figure 1-37. Turn handlebar to the right fork stop to
access grease fitting at the left side of the steering head.
2. Inject Special Purpose Grease, Part No. 99857-97 until
it exits from the top and bottom of the steering head.
1. Raise the motorcycle so the front and rear wheels are
lifted the same distance from the floor.
2. Verify that motorcycle is in stock configuration. Remove
all non-factory accessories, since they can influence
front end swing momentum (and lead to improper
3. See Figure 1-38. Turn the front wheel to the left fork stop
and then let go. The wheel should swing from side to
side, finally stopping in the swing specified in the table
shown below. If it stops in the lesser number swing, it
should be at or after the straight-forward position.
4. If the clutch cable or main harness appears to be influencing
swing momentum, proceed as follows and repeat
the previous step:
a. Clutch cable: Disconnect clutch cable from hand
lever. Release cable from P-clamp, remove from
inner fairing, or release from cable clip on instrument
nacelle depending on model. See 2.25
b. Main harness: Remove the rivet and P-clamp to
release main harness from steering head. Secure
P-clamp with a new rivet when procedure is complete.
A steering head that is too tight can interfere with the
vehicle's ability to absorb a weave. A steering head that is
too loose can interfere with the vehicle's ability to absorb a
5. To correct a swing pattern, see 1.21 STEERING HEAD
1. Disassemble motorcycle as follows:
a. FLHR/C: Remove headlamp nacelle. See 2.47
HEADLAMP NACELLE: FLHR/C.
b. FLHX, FLHT/C/U: Remove outer fairing and radio
or storage box as equipped. See 2.37 UPPER
FAIRING AND WINDSHIELD: FLHX, FLHT/C/U
and 7.33 ADVANCED AUDIO SYSTEM respectively.
c. FLTR: Remove instrument bezel. See 2.42
INSTRUMENT BEZEL: FLTR.
2. See Figure 1-39. Loosen pinch bolts (3) on lower fork