First post here and thanks in advance for any help.
My 2020 Sei Giorni was stolen yesterday but luckily quickly recovered a few streets over due to it getting called in by a neighbour and a rapid police response that spooked off the 4 guys stealing it. (Neighbours thought there was a murder by the response!)
At first glance it looked like the ignition cylinder was the only victim but walking it home I noticed the steering was crooked. Basically the handle bars seem to have about 15-20 degrees of free play before really connecting with the front wheel and making it turn. Once on the other end of lock it does the same thing in the other direction, eating up the play and only then turning.
Now I say free play but there is actually some slight "traction" to where if I get the front wheel off the ground it will turn it, but as soon as the wheel is on the ground the resistance is too great and the handle bars turn that 15-20 degrees before any change of direction in the wheel.
I presume this is a result as part of them trying to force the steering lock, but I can't quite figure out what's causing it. It's not the usual bearing tightening, it's a huge amount of rotational play in the column. Is there an adjustable component that can be tightened that explains this (seems like a hell of a safety issue if it ever loosens up on you) or is something seriously kaput with my steering?
I'm hoping I just need a new lock cylinder and steering lock block, and an adjustment somewhere on this steering issue but fear there may be a costly repair for this steering play thing.
Really welcome your insights!