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Ok here's the deal. I bought this 2008 bike that had been laid down once for cheap. I thought driving it all the way back that the bar's were a bit cocked but kept riding. I get home and put the bike on stands and it looks as if I'm right.


I begin to look for what's causing the problem. Here's what I found.





As you can see the forks are not the same distance to the ground as each other. The rim was bent off the bike so perhaps it's just pushed the fork up? Maybe I just need to undo the bolts and re-align it?
 

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The problem is:

When the wheel is straight, the handle bars are turned slightly.

When the handle bars are straight, the wheel is turned slightly.
 

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wow, yea the upper tripple is def. not perpendicular to the direction of travel, ive got the same thing wrong w/ my 07 and i think the right fork is bent, causing this problem, and from your first and second picture your fork "looks" bent, take it off and roll it across a very flat surface, and see if the end of the fork is going up and down
 

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I'm not so sure if it's bent.

I'm going to have to figure out how to keep the bike up with the forks off if I do take them off.

It looks as if the right fork had just slid up through the triple.
 

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try aligning the forks. make sure the front axel is tight and the left side axel clamps are tight. then with the bike off the stand hold the front break and pump the forks up and down a few times then re-tightn the axel clamp bolts.
 

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Read the entire thread but I don't really understand what it's telling me to do.

Do I need some type of a jack to put under the oil pan and hold the front of the bike up while I take off the triples and forks?

As you can tell in the second picture the forks on the brake side of the bike are in the proper position, however the forks on the clutch/shifter side of the bike are a bit too high from the impact on the rim. (First picture.)

I'll get a better picture when I get home of the fork that's too high.
 

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You will need a stand. one that goes in the steering stem, not the bottom of the forks. Then you can do all that you need to do.

Set the height of each fork the same and starighten out the bars to the wheel.

And sorry, I linked you to the wrong thread, I have to get back to work but I'll find it later.
 

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Alright man, sounds like a plan. Just link me later.

I'll probably just rig something up and do it ghetto style.
 

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I think I understand now.

The fact that my lower triple is slid down a little on the shifter side could be the problem.

Now just to find a stand that will life the bike.
 
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