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

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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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Definitely dig the whitewalls big time, real nice look, especially with the black rims.
My rims and forks show a little age, thought about getting those painted, along with the forks. Anyway, curious to see how you make out. Keep us posted
 

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Definitely dig the whitewalls big time, real nice look, especially with the black rims.
My rims and forks show a little age, thought about getting those painted, along with the forks. Anyway, curious to see how you make out. Keep us posted
Thanks man. I appreciate it. Hopefully I can get it fixed without spending too much. Lol. I'll let everyone know what I find in the front wheel.
 

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Mine measured 1 3/8" on both sides.

I wonder if the missing front fender has anything to do with it? Should act as sort of a fork brace.

If the tires don't track together, you'll have to countersteer to correct it.
 

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Mine measured 1 3/8" on both sides.

I wonder if the missing front fender has anything to do with it? Should act as sort of a fork brace.

If the tires don't track together, you'll have to countersteer to correct it.
The fender was on there initially. That was what first made me notice the shift. Could barely fit a finger between the tire and the fender.
 

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Wonder if a wheel bearing installed too deep/shallow could throw it off?

On mine, I did notice the "collar" on the right side sticks through the seal and is probably against the bearing.
 

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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.
 
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