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Old 10-29-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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Question Am I Crazy?

I've got a 2004 R6 with ~8k miles and it at speeds of 60mph and above, it feels like the bike is veering to the right; I feel like I'm having to make an almost constant effort to keep it straight and from going towards the right.

I'm no mechanic by any means, but I didn't think motorcycles had 'alignment' per se, so what could it be? Am I sub-consciously leaning weight towards that side, or is there something going on with the tires/wheels/fork/headset?

I'm planning on taking it to Motorcycles Unlimited soon for this and some general maintenance and a good once over, but I thought I would first check here and see if anyone had any ideas.

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of course motorcycles have to been aligned. Motorcycles Unlimited is the place to have it checked out.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:50 PM   #3
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of course motorcycles have to been aligned. Motorcycles Unlimited is the place to have it checked out.
Really? Heh...I didn't think they did

Thats why I work on computers, not mechanical thingymajigs
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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could be as simple as rear tire not aligned correctly or something more serious as tweaked forks or frame.
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Well I got the bike in August, and it wasn't doing that when I first got the bike, and I haven't hit any major pot-holes or anything. So I hope it's not a tweaked anything.

Compared to a cars alignment, how sensitive would you say a motorcycle alignment is (on houston's crappy roads of course)?
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not very sensative as long as all maintenance is done properly and everything tightened and aligned like it is suppose to be.
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you adjust your chain recently?
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not very sensative as long as all maintenance is done properly and everything tightened and aligned like it is suppose to be.
Cool. Thanks for the info mang

haven't tightened the chain recently, but I did put it up on the rear-stand last saturday before the forest ride and sprayed some chain wax. Thats it.
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Have a friend ride it for another opinion.
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Have a friend ride it for another opinion.
That has been discussed, and will happen if I don't take it to Motorcycles Unlimited first
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could be your hadlebars, air pressure in tires, or wind, judging by your 3 months exp, get an expert opinion and try to be carefull and learn how to fight the wind safely
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could be your hadlebars, air pressure in tires, or wind, judging by your 3 months exp, get an expert opinion and try to be carefull and learn how to fight the wind safely
I've tried numerous things while riding and trying to combat this "veer". Riding proned when it's windy, adjusting seat position, pressure on footpegs, etc. I'll get it up to 70mph or so and loosen up on the bars or slightly let go and it still seems to do it

The only thing I can think of that I haven't tried thus far is taking it to a certified mech like Motorcycles Unlimited. Which is on the way, tomorrow if I can get outta work early.
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Are the tires in decent shape.
If you do a lot of highway or driving to work and the tires are worn they may be worn more one the left side more than the right due to the crown in the road, on the front This can cause a pulling to one side.

Also has the bike ever been dropped. or has it hit anything semi hard.
I had some old dirt bikes and remember knocking the front wheel out of straight alignment with the forks. usually a rouge tree (Tweaked front wheel)
Is the front wheel straight / Perpendicular to the handle bars?

Do you wheelie the bike? If so might have a worn steering yoke / bearings

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Are the tires in decent shape.
If you do a lot of highway or driving to work and the tires are worn they may be worn more one the left side more than the right due to the crown in the road, on the front This can cause a pulling to one side.

Also has the bike ever been dropped. or has it hit anything semi hard.
I had some old dirt bikes and remember knocking the front wheel out of straight alignment with the forks. usually a rouge tree (Tweaked front wheel)
Is the front wheel straight / Perpendicular to the handle bars?

Do you wheelie the bike? If so might have a worn steering yoke / bearings

Good Luck
I do a fair amount of HOV commuting, but I've only put about 3k miles on the bike since I've had it. Tires are Dunlop sportmax qualifiers that still have a good bit of tread. If anything I've got the typical chicken flat spot through the middle and plenty on the sides from the straight line commutes.

i dont notice the bars being crooked or anything like that...never hit anything hard etc...
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Update - took my bike to Motorcycles Unlimited and Brandon called me on Tuesday; I have a twisted lower triple :(

Took my bike there last friday, now I probably won't get it back until late next week or the week after :(((

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