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Uneven front tire wear

How to check front fork fluid on my 2001 yamaha 650 classic

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I would suggest that the wheel is of centre. check your preload and fork oil. you may also have a weak spring. this will allow one fork to ride higher and cause the wheel to lean to one side.

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