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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebars not even

Went down in a right turn. Fixed the broken footrest, and brake pedal. Handlebars are no longer parallel. Compare both pictures to see the non horizontal as opposed to the horizontal before the crash.

The bike runs fine and straight. Just that when going straight the handlebars are
at position similar to the left photo.

Is this an adjustment or a replacement?

Any help will be appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 03:51 PM
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Your fork tubes may have twisted in the triple clamps.
I think this is a pretty straight forward fix, if so.

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Triple tree needs to be,
and re-tightened.

Really screws with your head don't it?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys, I'll search the forum, see what I can locate regarding triple tree/forks.


Found some posts and info. Also stuff on youtube. Seems most bikes that have this can
be resolved by loosening the upper triples and holding the wheel steady, move the handlebars back towards center. Should hear a "pop" or so, and then tighten the tree
and should resolve the problem. This should be done after any fall - especially a hard

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Sometimes my dirtbikes require new rubber grommets after a hard crash. Not sure if the V has them, though.

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I plan to resolve this issue over the coming week-end. Yesterday I noticed that my forks were no longer aligned. By that I mean the right hand fork is 1 1/2 inches higher than the left hand fork and no longer in the smooth area of the tube. Obviously my triple clamps were too loose - don't recall ever using a torque wrench when I tightened them up. I will this time. I have no idea when this happened though I recall that the bike was not quite the same the last time I took it on the road.

Once I get this resolved, I'll take it for a quick spin around the block and check the handlebar positioning. I'm thinking it may correct itself if this is the original cause.

now I think to myself... "did the fork pop up when I was turning and cause me to fall" or did I apply front brake pressure and lock up the wheel, or did I simply go down on account of sand on the pavement?

Too many questions, I'll just fix it and go on.
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