if the steering is loose, the way to check it is to lead the bike while walking next to it, and then front braking. if there is 'clunk' in the steering, it means it is loose. mine came loose from the factory. it was my mechanic, a clever boy, that noticed it.
if the front is topping out, this is one more reason to change the front springs, or the single spring as from RR.
with hard braking, I believe the term is actually 'bottoming out' not topping out... but in order to bottom out the front with hard braking, you would have to REALLY hard brake, to the extend that the the front is unreasonably deeply front diving. it would be an 'achievement' with the rather poor front brake in gs. either case, topping out and bottoming out can eventually damage the suspension. topping out noise would be noticed when the front forks extend back after braking or going through some deep holes in the road; this is usually caused by too fast damping; since the damping is fixed in this bike, filling forks with a higher viscosity fork oil is the only way to help it.
there is a trick with cable tie that you tie on the fork next to the fork seal, and brake hard a few times and see how many mm the cable tie slides down. this will give you the estimate of the total travel of front suspension. it should be obviously less than 180mm, which is the total suspension travel.
Last edited by Kris; 02-03-2019 at 08:37 PM.