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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I suspect the forks are tweaked from a crash. A LONG time ago I bought a beat up 1980 Suzuki GS450L as a ride to work bike. It had obviously been dropped several times. The sidestand bracket was broken off the frame. Fortunately it had a centerstand. Both the handlebars and fork tubes were bent. I was able to loosen the triple clamps and rotate the fork tubes to straighten it out a little, but it was obviously still out whack. I rode that bike for 7 years, then sold it to a coworker who was going to convert it into a dirt bike. It did not pull to one side, but you could see it was crooked, and the bars did not line up with the road. I noticed the fork tubes themselves were bent when I rotated them. You will probably need to find another set of forks, possibly even the triple tree and handlebars. Also check the steering head carefully for cracks in the welds.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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