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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Wheel or Fork Issue

So last night when leaving a friends place i forgot to take off my bike lock. A friend of mine had one on his and it seemed like a good idea. So i had my bike lock around my front fork/wheel when i started to leave and was abruptly stopped tossed and bike dropped. (hand scraped, shin dinged, ankle bruised, and shoe torn. Illustrating all points of why i should checkout my shopping cart order on leather up for gloves, boots and protective pants!)

Anyways my bike now has steering issues. I rode it home after but the steering is off to the right. When i was going straight everything pointed to the left a little, the headlight, hand bars (by feel), dials looked leftward turned. It is too hard to tell visually which has been bent, the wheel or the forks but i was wondering if anyone had any ideas? Will the wheel bend before the fork? Right now the tire and wheel are closer to one side of the fender than the other, but the fender is mounted on the fork. The wheel spins about 1.5 turns when i suspend it and spin it by hand.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 12:23 PM
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I guess that nothing is actualy bent, but mis-aligned.
The forks probably twisted (rotated) in the clamps. On my dirtbike, I'd just bang the wheel against a tree to straighten it out. On the Vulcan, I'd loosen the fork clamp bolts, re-align, then tighten the clamp bolts back up. Take a ride and see how things feel. If need be, re-adjust.

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Seems reasonable. After reading some of the other posts on similar issues it seems likely that that could be the problem.

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