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Old 01-13-2010, 05:36 PM
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I'm not how long it's been like this, but I noticed today that when I'm riding in a straight line, my handlebars are held slightly off center to the right. It's not a huge discrepancy, however, it's noticeable, and the bike obviously shakes if I try and straight it out. Is that normal, or do I need to have it checked out? As far as safety/stability, it doesn't shake, even at speeds of 120+ mph.
 
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:51 PM
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Sounds like you have something bent maybe tripple trees.
 
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:00 PM
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more than likely, one of your fork tubes has spun in the triple tree. what you need to do is loosen the triple tree clamp bolts, align the handle bars and the front wheel and then tighten the clamp bolts down. you are going to need a rear stand, a jack and a couple of buddies to spot you.

put the bike on the rear stand. have your friends hold your bike from either side. put the jack under the engine and jack it up to where the front wheel just touches the ground. your friends may have to hold the rear of the bike down depending on where you put the jack. loosen the pinch bolts and get on the bike. line up the handlebars and then lean forward and look at the front wheel. is it straight? if not, have one of your friends kick the front wheel in the opposite direction of where the wheel is pointing until you are satisfied with alignment. tighten the pinch bolts.
 
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by alpiniste View Post
more than likely, one of your fork tubes has spun in the triple tree. what you need to do is loosen the triple tree clamp bolts, align the handle bars and the front wheel and then tighten the clamp bolts down. you are going to need a rear stand, a jack and a couple of buddies to spot you.

put the bike on the rear stand. have your friends hold your bike from either side. put the jack under the engine and jack it up to where the front wheel just touches the ground. your friends may have to hold the rear of the bike down depending on where you put the jack. loosen the pinch bolts and get on the bike. line up the handlebars and then lean forward and look at the front wheel. is it straight? if not, have one of your friends kick the front wheel in the opposite direction of where the wheel is pointing until you are satisfied with alignment. tighten the pinch bolts.
Thank you. This is great feedback.
 
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