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Old 03-24-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Handlebar misaligned? help!

Okay, so about two months ago I lowsided at about 10-15 mph and did some damage to the bike. Everything was cosmetic and the bike still ran.

At first I noticed that the handle bar was bent VERY VERY slightly. I've rode it for 3 months and recently noticed that the forks also didn't line up. So my question is, how will I get this fixed? I read somewhere about loosening the triple tree and lining everything back up and tightening it back again.. but I'm not too sure if thats the remedy for the problem.

This is my first bike so I'm still learning.. any input would be great and if anyone could chime in, THANK YOU.

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P.S. I will post pics up soon so that you guys/gals can get better look at what I'm talking about.
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forks dont line up how? if they dont have the same amount of tube sticking out above the upper mount you can loosen the upper and lower tripple and raise or lower it till they are even. pics would def help
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They have the same amount of tubing sticking out, they're just not lined up right with the handle bars. I will def get some pics up asap..
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They have the same amount of tubing sticking out, they're just not lined up right with the handle bars. I will def get some pics up asap..
I would take it up to motorcycles unlimited and have them take a look at it bro...Especially if you can feel it tweaked..
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:36 PM   #6
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They're either bent or twisted in the triples. Didn't ya ever have that happen with your bicycle as a kid. You have to basically do the same thing. Wheel between your legs & twist the bars (after you slightly loosen the triples)
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:41 PM   #7
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They're either bent or twisted in the triples. Didn't ya ever have that happen with your bicycle as a kid. You have to basically do the same thing. Wheel between your legs & twist the bars (after you slightly loosen the triples)
yep. i rode a bike where the front end was so out of alignment, i had to steer slightly to the right just to go straight!! all i did was loosen the triples and clip ons, and give the front wheel a few love taps (kicks) in the direction needed, and repeat until aligned. it would be best left to a professional however...
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stumbled on this video & thought of ya. It will point you in the right direction

http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/...?article=39852
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thanks alot mammoth, one more question.. anyone know how much this would run me? Having a shop retweak my forks doesn't sound like it would be costly.. but just want to know a ball park price.
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put the side of the wheel against a post or wall and give the handlebars a quick jerk. I know is sounds stupid but I've done it twice on different bikes and it works.
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that sounds rough.. should i loosen something first?
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loosen all the bolts on the triple trees, then go and vigorously shake them. Tighten all the bolts up and then check it out.

If one or two goes at that doesn't fix it you may have bent the forks. At this point I suspect it may be beyond your fixing abilities and you should bring it in to the shop.

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