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    Anyone have had issues with the front wheel staying out of alignment even when the triple clamps, upper and lower, and all bolts holding it have been loosened?

    Had a slight head on, and wheel is off to the left by about 5 -10 degrees when the handlebars are straight. i can pull the handlebars with the wheel inbetween my legs to straighten up but wont hold even after its tightened up. Seems very hard to pull the handlebars to line up with the tyre and keep it there to tighten.

    forks look straight, one of them has maybe a 1 degree bend, hard to say it looks almost straight.
    Originally posted by Ambian
    When I was a wee boy I use to whack off to escort adds in the yellow pages, o'course... those yellow women on the pages forever gave me a warped view of the Simpsons...

  • #2
    Somethings bent in the front, try taking the front wheel off and front guard as well and see if the fork legs are able to be straightened then. Pull the forks while you're at it and check them for straight by rolling them on a bench, you'll know if they're stuffed, any bend is too much. If everything is straight it will go back together easily. My money is on bent fork legs

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    • #3
      While you're at it, loosen the head stem nut and give the triples a look-over just in case. Maybe use the opportunity for some new headstem bearings
      Originally posted by Ryanoceros
      How many bikes can you buy today that have an otto cycle motor?

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      • #4
        Loosen the headstem nut (if you haven't). Check for damage near the headstem bearings. Work your way down from there, something would likely be bent.

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        • #5
          after taking the forks off its actually a lot easier to spot that they are bent, on the bike it was very hard could almost say they are straight. on the bench its fairly obvious. when you take the fork tube out and have it sit it on its own on the bench it becomes very obvious, a few degrees atleast....manual says 0.2mm limit


          Anyone know where i can get the tubes straightened in perth?
          Originally posted by Ambian
          When I was a wee boy I use to whack off to escort adds in the yellow pages, o'course... those yellow women on the pages forever gave me a warped view of the Simpsons...

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          • #6
            I haven't heard of anyone that straightens fork tubes. Could try for OEM replacement tubes or RaceTech replacements?

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            • #7
              You can straighten them if they aren't bent too bad. Take them in to the guys at [MENTION=76613]Chain Reaction[/MENTION] and see what they have to say.
              “How people treat you is their karma; how you respond is yours.”

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              • #8
                i know there are a few mobs over east that straighten them out, none that ive heard of here. Will give chain reaction a go
                Originally posted by Ambian
                When I was a wee boy I use to whack off to escort adds in the yellow pages, o'course... those yellow women on the pages forever gave me a warped view of the Simpsons...

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                • #9
                  Any bike related suspension shop should be able to do it.

                  Morne at Raceworks Joondalup
                  Russell at Dynotime Wangara
                  Andy Offer at Aark racing suspension Midvale
                  “How people treat you is their karma; how you respond is yours.”

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                  • #10
                    Try getting two straight planks (obviously both long enough to reach the centreline of each tyre, or just past ideally) and sandwich the front & rear tyres between them, this will show you what is amiss straight away. I always use this method to make sure my rear tyre is straight after I put a new chain on or have it off for whatever reason..

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