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Old 02-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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New Rider R6 (Advice)

Whats up MH members, I recently got myself an 03 Yamaha R6.
Ive been around cars almost all my life, and Ive been around much of the Housont-Imports community.
Ive been riding for a couple months and finally got my own bike.
I was having some issues with my bike, as it seems to be that the front wheel needs to be aligned.
I tried doing some research and found a couple of vids that show you how to DIY, but with me being new to the motorcycle game I dont want to risk anything.
Maybe if you guys can give me some tips on what to do, wether I should take it to a shop or possible some advice in general

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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I suggest PMing "Patrick" of Motorcycles Unlimited but he gets crazy busy sometimes so don't call him for advice, call him for a good day to bring it in.
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I suggest PMing "Patrick" of Motorcycles Unlimited but he gets crazy busy sometimes so don't call him for advice, call him for a good day to bring it in.
+1. Call Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited..
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Front wheel shouldn't be out of alignment...maybe bearings are gone?

What is the front wheel doing?

Oh yeah..Patrick can troubleshoot anything...and he's an honest guy
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Front wheel shouldn't be out of alignment...maybe bearings are gone?

What is the front wheel doing?

Oh yeah..Patrick can troubleshoot anything...and he's an honest guy
When I line up the handle bars my front wheel seems to be about 1/4" off to the right. Also when I am riding it feels like the bike wants to pull to the left which is very uncomfortable as well as raises some questions.
I had a buddy of mine check it out, and he is some what familiar to bikes and told me I might just need to adjust the triple trees to get it steering straight agin. Idk, I hope its nothing major and that can be fixed.

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When I line up the handle bars my front wheel seems to be about 1/4" off to the right. Also when I am riding it feels like the bike wants to pull to the left which is very uncomfortable as well as raises some questions.
I had a buddy of mine check it out, and he is some what familiar to bikes and told me I might just need to adjust the triple trees to get it steering straight agin. Idk, I hope its nothing major and that can be fixed.

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1. You don't have handle bars, you have clip ons.
2. You should check alignment of the forks against the wheel, not the bars.
3. You can adjust the clip ons to be further out, or closer in. One is probably off.
4. Let your grip loose on the bars, does it track straight?
5. See a MH sponsor if none of this makes sense.
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Could also be a bent fork
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1. You don't have handle bars, you have clip ons.
2. You should check alignment of the forks against the wheel, not the bars.
3. You can adjust the clip ons to be further out, or closer in. One is probably off.
4. Let your grip loose on the bars, does it track straight?
5. See a MH sponsor if none of this makes sense.
Excuse my ignorace, I'm new to bikes.
But yes, when I try to let go of the clips, the bikes starts to steer to the left. What you stated sounds just about what a couple people have told me might be wrong with my bike. hopefully I can stop buy at a shop sometime this week, sounds like thats my best way to go. Thanks!

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Could also be a bent fork
I considered this option as well. If so, what would be the worst case senario? Just replace the forks, would the bike still be safe to ride? How much would I be looking at to repair??
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A bike that is pulling to the side isn't safe IMO
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maybe your clipons are bent if not your forks.?
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DUDE wtf! take that shiiiz to a shop asap! youre going to smash into a tree or oncoming traffic. sweet baby jesus!!!!!
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YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ADJUST THAT BY LOOSENING ALL THE TRIPLE TREE SCREWS AND THE AXLE PINCH BOLTS, PUT THE WHEEL BETWEEN YOUR KNEES AND PULL ON THE CLIP ONS UNTIL STRAIGHT AND THEN RE-TIGHTEN EVERYTHING. DON'T OVER TIGHTEN AS IT'S ALL ALUMINUM.
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Should be great for the carousel at MSRH. J/k call Motorcycles Unlimited!
this is craig... he's one of the smartest guys here. he's already got you ready to pass everyone on your first track day

But no seriously take it up to motorcycles unlimited or house of paint. but totally up to you or whoever is closer they are both very high in my books. Can not go wrong with either. or try what barry just said up there^^ but i mean it sounds like they'll fix it for cheap
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this is craig... he's one of the smartest guys here. he's already got you ready to pass everyone on your first track day

But no seriously take it up to motorcycles unlimited or house of paint. but totally up to you or whoever is closer they are both very high in my books. Can not go wrong with either. or try what barry just said up there^^ but i mean it sounds like they'll fix it for cheap
Lol, I am stupid and slow.. But to the op talk to Patrick. Sounds like your bike has more damage than you know of, and it is for your own safety to get it checked out.
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Lol, I am stupid and slow.. But to the op talk to Patrick. Sounds like your bike has more damage than you know of, and it is for your own safety to get it checked out.
faster than me. what does that make me?
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ON MY ZX6R THE TOP TRIPLE TREE WAS A LITTLE OFF BUT THE BIKE TRACKED STRAIGHT. JUST DID WHAT I DESCRIBED FOR YOU AND PROBLEM SOLVED. IF YOUR BIKE IS PULLING TO THE SIDE YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOMETHING BENT
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ON MY ZX6R THE TOP TRIPLE TREE WAS A LITTLE OFF BUT THE BIKE TRACKED STRAIGHT. JUST DID WHAT I DESCRIBED FOR YOU AND PROBLEM SOLVED. IF YOUR BIKE IS PULLING TO THE SIDE YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOMETHING BENT
Sweet!!! Glad you could fix it yourself!
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You are fast Brotha! It was your first time to that track. Take your time to learn it. I have been there 3 times so far, and am always learning. It is information over load the first time. Just have fun, and learn.
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