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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going straight but my handlebars are not straight....

I got my bike last year and my friend has always said that when he rode it the handlebars were crooked. I never thought much about it until tonight but i think it's true. My front tire is way more worn down on one side than the other and when I actually sat on the bike and put the handlebars straight the wheel actually looks a little crooked. And when I'm riding and put the bars straight i kinda gradually swerve to left theft. What would cause this and how can i fix it?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 02:59 AM
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has the bike been dumped before you bought it? if it's used then when it went down it could have bent or fractured the "stay" (i think that's what its called). it is the piece that holds your headlights, front fairing, mirrors on so what looks like straight could really be crooked and what is straight looks like its crooked. you could take the front end apart and take a peek at it. i bent mine a bit when i crashed so i put in a new one. if it's fractured and you were to lay your bike down it's possible that your entire front end will come off so you should figure out whats going on.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 03:03 AM
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Easy way to tell if the bars are bent is to check the distance and location from the bar to the fuel tank at full steering lock. Compare both sides that way.
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Chances are the bike was wrecked and the forks were tweaked. This is a bad thing.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 09:53 AM
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Since you said your tire was worn down pretty good I'd get a new one on and see if anything changes. If it doesn't it sounds like the only other thing it could be is bent forks.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 10:39 AM
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It could also be that the top tree is slighty off. If someone had ever taken the front end apart and put it back togther with out checking to make sure everything was straight it can be slightly off. If you have a front and rear stand you can try loosening up the top nut and all the steering head stuff to see if you can straighten it out. If it is really off, then as mentioned it might be bent forks.


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Yup - I had the same thing - bike was knocked over in a car park and as Hoolli says the forks just go twisted in the triple tree - was a 5 minute fix for a local bike mechanic

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Sounds like your bars finally came out of the closet...good luck straightening them

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Could it be your rear wheel alignment? If it's off it will be acting like rear wheel steering.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 06:20 PM
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Could it be your rear wheel alignment? If it's off it will be acting like rear wheel steering.
not to be rude, but you dug up a thread that hasnt been touched in over 5 years. I would say he either has the problem fixed by now or he just got rid of the bike.

Welcome to the forums though.

and mods...can we get a setting to lock threads that havent been touched in over two years? that would REALLY be nice.
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