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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Have I got skewed forks (or handlebars)?

I know it's very slight but I reckon the handlebars are skewed by about 2 degrees. Oddly I noticed the demo bike about 3 weeks ago had exactly the same skew.
Is it important?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 06:49 PM
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Mike loosen up your bar risers align the handlebars and re tighten the risers.

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Tap front wheel against a post or hold front wheel between your knees and wrench the bars a bit until straight.
Faster than wrenching.

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That's interesting. Mine are like that, too. The right side of the bar is slightly more towards me just like your photo.

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Mine is also. I thought it was due to a drop on the right side early in my bike's life, but perhaps it was always there and I just never noticed. Weird!!
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I thought it was from when I tied the bike down when I brought it home. I wonder if there is a reason for the handlebar to be that way.

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Mine is the same way, no drop. I also noticed my entire front plastics (fairing, headlight assembly, dash) are skewed off center.
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It's just the risers that are misaligned. I work in a shop and most ATs are like this. If you loosen the risers load the handlebar to the left and retighten it will straighten out
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It's just the risers that are misaligned. I work in a shop and most ATs are like this. If you loosen the risers load the handlebar to the left and retighten it will straighten out
Pretty standard with dirt bikes or bikes with rubber mounted bars like DR650. If you drop the bike off road the bars will most likely be crook'd again.
Waste of time loosening the risers or loosening front axle and triple clamps / pumping & realigning.
Fastest fix is - Front wheel between the knees and wrench the bars - test - repeat until you have the alignment you like.
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Thanks guys. Now all I need is someone with two good knees :-)
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