Question about 2004 Harley Davidson FXDWG - FXDWGI Dyna Wide Glide
I just bought a 2002 Dyna Wide Glide with 3,000 miles on it. It is terrific, except for one problem - it tends to pull to the right a bit. It isn't real noticeable, except if I loosen my grip on the handlebars. If I actually take my hands off the handlebars, it makes a beeline for the ditch! My primary concern is that, with that apparent lack of straight tracking, what would happen if I had to execute a panic stop, or even a stop on wet pavement? This is NOT related to the natural slope of the road. Even when I'm in the left lane (on a 4-lane divided), the bike pulls right, rather than following the crown of the road (for drainage purposes). I took it to the Harley dealer and they said the wheels were aligned and that it was "normal" for a motorcycle to pull to the right (or left). I told them that I've had 8-10 motorcycles, the last three Harleys, and I've never before had a bike pull to the right like this. In fact, the two Sportsters I had tracked great - I could probably have ridden with no hands on the bars for miles if I'd been so inclined. Do any of you have any experience with this type of problem? I really thought the dealer would address the problem. Now, I'm kind of stumped! Any suggestions would be appreciated!
My Fat Boy pulled to one side, service at dealer first asked me if it started after I added the saddle bags (wind resistance). Turned out the rear alignment was off a little and that now it's riding pretty true. I know from when it was pulling, I could sit a little to one side in the saddle and it would run true, so I suppose it's possible if you're not sitting straight in the saddle, it could pull. Same for load in the saddle bags, more weight on one side could cause it to pull.
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