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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-04-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Help, bike started to lean right

Hey guys, I have a 2002 VN750 with 4100 miles on it. I have done all of the adjustments that you guys advised i.e. MF battery, voltmeter, etc. and she runs great. I rode it from NYC to MD this past weekend with no problem at all.
But last night, I got out of work and on my way home, I was having trouble keeping the bike straight. It was leaning right as if the front fork was crooked left. So I stopped and checked, but it looked ok. Since it was raining in the evening, I thought that might have something to do with it. So I let it dry, but this morning, same problem. What do you guys think is the issue?
Any suggestion is highly welcome.

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Check your triple tree bolts, the ones holding the fork tubes; make sure they're tight, and the tubes are the same height in the trees. If they are, and all that checks out, there's a possibility, slim tho it might be, that you've got a broken fork spring inside one tube.

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I'd check your tire pressure and visually check each tire and wheel. You might have uneven wear, a bulge on one side due to a broken belt, or a loose / bent wheel.

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Maybe you lost some oil in one of the forks? I'd check the oil levels and the springs as mentioned above.

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Don't forget to check the rear shocks. Put her up on the center stand & look at it that way looking for something out of whak!
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Thank you so much guys. I was thinking a bent wheel or something. But someone must have backed their car into it even in the absence of cosmetic damage because the problem just came out of nowhere. I was thinking about going to the security office and checking the camera tapes to see if some idiot cager did indeed hit it. I couldn't thank you guys enough for your input. I'll look at all those possibilities as soon as I can. Again, my sincere appreciation for the suggestions.
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I had someone hit my bike once, they knocked it over.... Picked it back up and drove away.... No security cameras and no witnesses.

At least they picked it back up......


I would not ride the bike until you discover the problem btw....

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Knifemaker, there are some awful people out there. I'm pretty sure that's what happened with mine as well. I hope you didn't incur any major repair cost due to that cagetard's inability to drive straight.
You also have a great point re-not riding until I find out what the issue is. I'll stop riding it after getting it home tonight.
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I hope you don't have far to go to get home. Sounds a bit unnerving. Also I hope its nothing serious. If you see this before you take the ride home please if you have any tools with you check your axle bolt and fork clamps on the front wheel as well as the bolts and shocks on the back for tightness. great suggestions have been posted so far but I was thinking also if you could put it on the center stand, lift the front tire enough to take the pressure off some and then test it for side to side play to check the wheel bearings. Be safe.
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You probably don't even need to lift the front end actually. If there's looseness you'll feel it. And if a wheel is cocked at a slight angle the bike will pull to the side. Just wondering if a wheel bearing has let go or is starting to... good luck with it.

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Thank you a lot for the suggestions Dave. I rode her home, and though the problem persists, I'm getting used to it. I will definitely stop riding her until I figure out what the problem is. Unfortunately I might not find time until this weekend to do so. Thanks for reading and chipping in.
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