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#140637 - 02/11/18 06:25 PM Fork/Steering Alignment
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Hi Guys, when I right my bike straight down the road, it looks like the handlebars are cocked to the left by a few degrees. Is this possible? I thought it was an illusion but I think they are not straight. Could the forks be straight but the handlebars cocked left. The bars are not bent. Thanks!

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#140638 - 02/11/18 07:12 PM Re: Fork/Steering Alignment [Re: garywi]
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Motorcycle handlebars are straightened out the same way any bicycle handlebars are. Lock the front wheel against some solid object and twist them straight.

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#140643 - 02/12/18 01:37 AM Re: Fork/Steering Alignment [Re: garywi]
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How can the forks be straight and the handle bars be off to the left..
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#140647 - 02/12/18 10:39 AM Re: Fork/Steering Alignment [Re: garywi]
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Mines like this, loosen the bolts on the forks and tweak the bars until they're straight by holding the front wheel between your knees. YouTube explains it better if you search fork alignment. My bars turned out to be bent also though...

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#140648 - 02/12/18 11:47 AM Re: Fork/Steering Alignment [Re: patuca]
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Originally Posted By: patuca
Motorcycle handlebars are straightened out the same way any bicycle handlebars are. Lock the front wheel against some solid object and twist them straight.

patuca


Yup, that's just how I do it, we leave um a tad slack for off-roading, saves anything breaking, if they're off just run it up agin ya mates back wheel & give it a bash like patuca said. a tree will do if ya got no mates.
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#140649 - 02/12/18 12:42 PM Re: Fork/Steering Alignment [Re: Paul49]
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What they said. Find something solid, put the front tire against it, and push on the bars until they're straight. It should take a bit of force, but there's shouldn't be any risk of hernia.


It's possible for the bars to be misaligned because the only thing holding them in place is the friction between the clamps and tubes. If you were to fall and whack something hard, you want the bars to twist in the clamp instead of bending the fork tubes or the bars themselves. It's a fuse built into the system. If you have to loosen the bolts, they're too tight. The torque spec on the triples is fairly low for exactly that reason.


If you remove the forks, make sure the fork tubes and the triple clamps are VERY clean before re-installing.
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#140656 - 02/12/18 01:44 PM Re: Fork/Steering Alignment [Re: garywi]
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Thanks guys, I'll give it a go..
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