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I'm not an alignment specialist, and the pictures seem to have a little fish-eye distortion, but in the long shot it looks like the tire isn't just offset, but is non-parallel to the forks. Is it possible that one of the fork tubes shifted upward in the triple clamp?

Might be worth checking the distance of the brake rotor to the fork at the axle and at the apex of the rotor's arc, just to see if there's a difference there. Putting a ruler across the span of the rotor at the axle will give you a solid surface to measure to.

There's a spacer between the fork and the bearing seal on the right side of the bike (opposite side from the speedometer linkage) but I don't think it can really be installed in such a way that it would move the tire laterally.

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I'm not an alignment specialist, and the pictures seem to have a little fish-eye distortion, but in the long shot it looks like the tire isn't just offset, but is non-parallel to the forks. Is it possible that one of the fork tubes shifted upward in the triple clamp?

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Wondering the same thing. And length of the fork legs with the weight on them.

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Wondering the same thing. And length of the fork legs with the weight on them.
I hadn't even considered uneven compression!

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I'm usually the muvver that effs geometry.

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Isn't there a long spacer above each spring? Been too long since I did mine.

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Thanks guys all good info/ ideas I'll investigate when I get home in an hour or so.
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Not sure what to tell you here. Went out and measured the wheel on my project bike, which right now doesn't have brake calipers or a fender on it. Using your measuring points, mine is 1-1/2 on the right side and 1-3/8 on the left.
Granted I just slapped the wheel on to move it, so can't say for sure that the wheel is supposed to be perfectly centered.

What you do need to measure is how far out of line the front tire is from the rear wheel. If the forks are slightly tweaked, it would cause you to hold the bars off center to go straight.

I'd also take the wheel off and check if the forks are perfectly parallel. (They should be)

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So. More measurements. The rotor is the same distance from the wheel spokes on the left and right. Approximately 2& 3/16". The forks measure the same length from end to end, and every other in between measurement I could come up with to check. It absolutely appears that something within the wheel/axle/bearing/washer/spacer must be off. Im not sure that this could cause the need to counter steer. You guys tell me, could the wheel being off center be the cause by itself. If I can find time before this weekend I am going to pull the front wheel and go through everything. If not before this weekend I know my plans this weekend for sure. Having fun with my little bobber, just want to get this last mechanical thing straightened out.....see what I did there. Lol. Again I appreciate all suggestions and all the help. Keep em coming.
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Oh and as far as wear. I've only got 400 miles or so. Had to give her some love when I first got her to get her on the road. So far no real tire wear to speak of and the pads appear to be even and wearing flat
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