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Straighten forks After a low speed fall the bike runs and steers OK but handlebars are turned slightly to the right for bike to go straight.

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1)handle bar bend-action-replace it
2)alignment problem-check your tyre alignment
3)fork bend-check the angles-repair/replace
4)extreme case-chase bend-repair

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You need a fly press or a bigish vise. Use alloy strips or blocks each side, one on bend point and one each side (say) 150-200mm away. Tighten vise until leg bends a little, release vise and see if returns to same point as you started. If yes then you need just a little more force. I stress that you want to straighen the bend by the smallest amount with each pump. Doing it on a hydraulic press with extreme caution would be even better. Take time to do job slowly.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

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SOURCE: vibration in handlebars/forks??

Hi,
Front end vibration can be caused by front rim/tire out of balance, worn wheel bearing(s), bent front rim, or fork misalignment.
Since you recently had fork work done, I would first check the forks for proper alignment, then have the bike on a stand and spin the wheel to see if there is wobbling. To check for bearing wear, while the front is off the ground, try to rock the wheel from side to side. If you can feel or see movement, you will need new bearings.
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This sounds more like a lean fuel condition than ignition. If it was stored over the winter without the gas being drained or a fuel stabilizer being added, you'll likely have varnish build-up in the fuel system that is not allowing sufficient fuel flow.  If your engine is fuel injected, it's likely your injector is partially clogged.  If it's carbureted, your carb jets may be partially clogged or your carb float may be sticking and not allowing the needle valve to fully open.  Fill the gas tank with fresh gasoline, but leave enough room for a can of Sea Foam.  The Sea Foam may be able to break up the deposits and allow fuel to flow again.  However, there's no guarantee and the fuel system may have to be disassembled to be cleaned.

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SOURCE: Can i straighten the front forks up if I loosen

Loosen the front fender, the axle retaining bolts, plus the upper and lower headstock bolts and nuts so that the whole assembly is free to align. Tighten the fender last. If that doesn't restore wheel alignment, you may have bent tubes that need straightening or replacement. Was the bike in a front-end wreck?

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SOURCE: zzr1100 when riding at very low speed steering is twitchy.

you need to check your tyre and it may also require balancing as it is a big bike.The bearing do not normally cause this but it is a good and safe thing to check it.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

Testimonial: "Tyre is almost new but will check for balancing, never thought of that.Thanks"

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HAD A FALL WITH MY MOTORCYCLE, HANDLEBARS AND FRONT WHEEL ARENT IN ALIGNMENT.HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING IT TRUE AGAIN?


Hi, Anonymous if you have a minor accident, lay your bike down and the front end gets 'TWEAKED" where the front wheel is going in one direction and your handlebars are going in the opposite direction, despair not, there is a quick fix.
1. If your handlebars are turning right turn the front end all the way to the right making contact with the fork stop. Find the 10:00 o'clock position on the front wheel and give it a good swift kick with your foot, put the front wheel in a straight-forward position and eyeball the orientation of the handlebar. Usually, it only takes one or two kicks to get everything back to normal. If you overshoot, no big scare, just turn the front end all the way to the left fork stop and find the 2:00 o'clock position and give it a soft kick.
2. If your handlebars are turning left turn the front end all the way to the left fork stop. Find the 2:00 o'clock position on the front wheel and give it a good swift kick with your foot, put the front wheel in a straight-forward position and eyeball the orientation of the handlebar. Usually, it only takes one or two kicks to get everything back to normal. If you overshoot, no big scare, just turn the front end all the way to the right fork stop and find the 10:00 o'clock position and give it a soft kick.
Continue the process until you are comfortable with the alignment. It's always a good idea to retorque any accessible handlebar riser bolts as well as the upper and lower fork clamps to proper book specs.
Good luck and have a wonderful day.

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When installing the front wheel, the wheel is touching the frame. it is straight out of the box...suggestions?


It sounds like either a bent fork or a damaged wheel. To check the fork, rest the bike on a flat floor with no front wheel in, the handlebars should be in the normal position for going straight (right angles to frame), if the bike sits level, then the fork is ok.

To check the wheel, hold the hub and spin it a bit, you should see a big whobble if it is that damaged.

If it is just the wheel, you can take that back to the shop, otherwise you will have to bring the bike back, sadly.

Hope that helps.

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Had a crash and the wheel is not positioned straight so have to compensate by having the handlebars positioned at a different angle wat should i do


Your front wheel is probably not tracking straight because your fork tubes are out of alignment. This could be caused because the upper and lower tube guides have been knocked out of alignment, because one or both fork tubes themselves are bent, or a combination of the two.

It's pretty easy to check the alignment of your tubes. Put your bike on its kickstand (center stand is better, if you have one) and stand in front of your bike, facing the headlight. Look carefully at where the fork tubes are anchored--they're clamped in right about the handlebars, and they're also clamped in below the headlight. Look at these two clamps and see whether they are completely in alignment. With your handlebars pointing straight ahead, the lower guides shouldn't be cocked to one side or the other. Odds are, you'll find that it will be.
Getting your fork tube clamps back into alignment is relatively straightforward, though straightening them out may also reveal bends in your fork tubes. The easiest way to get these into alignment is to remove your front wheel and then slide out your fork tubes. At this point, you should be able to loosen the clamp on the bottom (and top) of the steering tube--as if you were going to change out your steering bearings--and muscle the upper and lower fork tube clamps back into alignment. You can adjust the upper or the lower clamps (or both), whichever is easier; the goal is to get them both back into alignment.

Some people try to do this procedure with the fork tubes still in the guides--they loosen everything up and then use the forks as levers to pull everything back into alignment--but I haven't had great luck with that method, because the force that generates this condition also often bends the fork tubes, so they won't want to go back to their proper configuration. You and I simply don't have enough strength to straighten bent fork tubes without use of a hydraulic press.

Once your front fork tube clamps are back in alignment, check each of your forks before you re-install them to make sure that they aren't bent. One easy way is to take a straight edge (a ruler will work just fine) and slowly run it around the tube. The straight edge should touch all parts of the upper piece at all times. If you see any air between the straight edge and the fork, it's bent. Fortunately, many bent tubes can be straightened--just about any motorcycle repair shop can do this work or knows a place that can do it--but it's also worth checking around to see whether you can find a set of used forks for less than the cost of the repair. If you have to disassemble one or both of your forks to have the tubes straightened or replaced, it's also a great time to replace your fork seals while you're at it. Re-using the old seals probably won't generate a nice tight oil seal, and you'll simply have to take everything apart before too long and replace them.

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I can't get the handlebars to lock in to the forks, any ideas?


You haven't given me much to go on, but a common problem is to mis-identify where to tighten. There is a large nut (about 1-1/4 inch) that is the locking nut for the headset (which is where the bearings are that allow the fork to turn and steer the bike). This large nut does not tighten the handlebars. Rather, there is a long bolt that travels straight down through the handlebar stem. The handlebar stem is the bar that clamps to the middle of the handlebars and extends vertically down into the headset. At the bottom of the bolt (where you cannot see it) there is a wedge shaped nut. When you tighten this bolt the wedge nut jams itself inside the tube which is the top of the forks inside the headset, thereby locking the handlebar stem to the the forks. The head of the bolt you need to tighten can have a variety of shapes - could be an ordinary hex head, or it may require an Allen wrench (hex key). There are lots of different styles, but if you Google images of "handlebar stem" you will get the idea. good luck. Al K

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First, support the bike so that the front wheel is off the ground. Then, loosen (do not remove, just loosen them) the bolts that clamp the fork tubes into the upper and lower triple clamp braces. Loosen the front axle attachments to the fork legs. Now stand in front of the bike and hold the front wheel between your knees and turn the handlebars until they are straight - and re-tighten everything. Also, check the large nut on top of the steering stem, making sure it is tight.

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Chances are the forks are just a bit out of alignment from the fall. Put the bike on the center stand with the front wheel pointing perfectly straight ahead. Are the handlebars looking like they are turning a bit to the left or right? If so, just go to the front of the bike and straddle the front wheel while facing the rear of the bike. Hold the wheel firmly with your legs and firmly twist the bars back to a straight position. Re-check the alignment and re-adjust as needed. Now go ride and check it out.

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