Yesterday, after doing my pre-ride inspection I got on the bike and started down the street to notice that the front tire was no longer aligned with the handlebars. In other words, in order for me to go straight, I needed to hold the handlebars pulled all the way to the right. I immediately stopped and parked the bike.
The vn750 is my first bike and I believe that while the bike was parked on the street over night it was either vandalized, or someone tried to steal it by breaking the handlebar locking mechanism by trying to force over the handlebars into the straight position so they could wheel my bike away (although I had a disc break on which would prevent this, but unfortunately I live in a bad part of town so the vandal or thief may have been "on" something, or it could have been just a couple kids).
My first response was to take it to the mechanic, but then I thought of you guys.
There is no physical damage whatsoever to the bike, so I do not think it was hit by a car, knocked over, and then that un-aligned the steering head. So, is it a quick fix, to loosen up some screws, realign the handlebars to the wheel, and then I'm good to go having spared myself the 80/hr mechanics fee? Or, should I take the bike in, and is this a job for a professional since perhaps some steering head bearings could have been injured/ruined by whatever #@$%#[email protected]
person messed with my bike.
I'm broke, so looking for the least expensive route. Thanks to all.
PS: I have a lightweight, portable bike cover (cheap) in the mail. Will hopefully prevent this from happening again.