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post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 07:29 AM
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Different resistance in bar direction could mean the steering head bearings are bad. However you need to make sure it's not just the clutch cable causing the resistance.
It's also possible the bike was in a wreck and has damage to the front end. Sounds like something is EF'd up there.

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Ok got some pics. Tell me what you see/ think
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Sorry lol, not doing this right
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You can see it's about 1/4" to the left
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Are the brakes and/or rotors worn unevenly? You can see the wheel is off without the tape line against it. I’m not a mechanic but would assume a bent axle would have some shimmy in it. Is that left fork flared out a touch? Or is that an optical illusion??
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Hmmm, didn't even notice the fork. But it does appear out. I'll have to look closer when I get back home. No shimmy though. And believe it or not everything is wearing evenly on the brakes.
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Maybe even 3/8 to 1/2" or 1.5cm. I need to go look at mine, will do that today.

One thing is to be sure the rotors are both equal distance from the wheel. What i mean is, if both sides aren't built/designed symmetrically then a different measuring point must be used. I seem to recall it being unequal from side to side when I laid it down to change the tire, could be wrong, that's was 5 yrs ago.

I tried gauging off the bolt bosses on the forks, but I think the sight angles are different in the pics.

Looks like the inner brake pads are really thin, I wonder if the wear is angled. And the tire pattern looks equal, have you put any miles on it?

Look at the top of the forks, where the caps are. Are they an equal amount above the triple tree? Not sure that could do it, but it's a spot to look at, have seen a few bikes that were really unequal there.

Will throw a tape measure on mine. You have the end of the tape on the flat part of the wheel bead, or the very edge of the wheel where it's rounded?

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... Is that left fork flared out a touch? Or is that an optical illusion??
Maybe that's what I'm seeing when I try to measure from the bolt bosses.

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Maybe also measure from the top of the fork seals to a point on the triple tree. Curious if the fork legs are the same length.

Just throwing stuff out there, I really need to see my bike.

One of these things is not like the other.

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