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is there a way to check the frame for any damage? this was my first motorcycle. i dropped it on the first day i had it. i had to replace the triple tree and the axle to be able to get it to ride straight. the only problem now is that when i let go of the handle bars it turns left ever so slightly. i dont have any wobble at high speeds or while braking but i would like to know if there is a way i can check the frame, front wheel or the forks before i start throwing parts at it. the only reason i'm concerned now is because i'm thinking about selling it. i've been eyeballing some enduro bikes but my dream bike is a honda interceptor. i cant with a good conscience sell this thing with a possible bent frame. any help is appreciated.
 

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is there a way to check the frame for any damage? this was my first motorcycle. i dropped it on the first day i had it. i had to replace the triple tree and the axle to be able to get it to ride straight. the only problem now is that when i let go of the handle bars it turns left ever so slightly. i dont have any wobble at high speeds or while braking but i would like to know if there is a way i can check the frame, front wheel or the forks before i start throwing parts at it. the only reason i'm concerned now is because i'm thinking about selling it. i've been eyeballing some enduro bikes but my dream bike is a honda interceptor. i cant with a good conscience sell this thing with a possible bent frame. any help is appreciated.
Did you replace the forks and how hard was the "drop"?even out the wheel and look at the fork from the side.you can tell if one is bent.also look at the wheel from the top of the bars and straighten it out.the wheel should line up with the fork and bars.are the bars bent?bent bars,if you hold them straight,will cock the wheel off to one side.
 

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i only replaced the axle and the triple tree. i doubt i was going over 10mph. everything looks even just eye balling it. thats why i was hoping someone knew some specific things i could measure.
 

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I don't think your frame is bent after a 10 mph drop.maybe bars.
 

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If it eases your mind I hit a car at about 25 mph and didn't bend my frame

I figure that if it just pulls slightly left with no vibes or wobble the it could just be a tire that has worn un even or the road is not exactly level even a back tire that is worn uneven could cause a slight push one way or another

Another thing you aaid you replaced the axle but what about the wheel bearings if the bkke took enoug b damage to warrant reacing the axle then it is logical to say the bearings could be damaged as well
 

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If it eases your mind I hit a car at about 25 mph and didn't bend my frame
this does ease my mind. the wheel was my first thought but i figured if it was bent i would be able to see or feel it wobble. i had new tires put on after the drop and the issue persisted. i dont see any uneven wear but i only have 3k miles on them.
 

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Maybe 1 1/2 yrs ago. I had a guy with the same thing. His was pulling left on a just purchased bike.

His handle bars were tweaked and he could not see it until it was measured. If he was sitting on/holding the bike up, I could not see it.
 

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I seriously doubt your frames bent. Does seem odd to me you said you replaced the triple tree....usually the forks will bend first.

There is a way to check your wheel alignment by using string....but it's not that sure fire at detecting a very small misalignment on something with so short a wheel base.

http://m.motorcyclistonline.com/howto/string_align_motorcycle_wheels



Many bikes slightly veer off to the left or right when you let go of the bars....for several diffrent reasons. My advise here is fairly simple:



Don't let go of the bars.




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Lol Knife that's funny.are the forks the same height in the trees?is one fork sagging more than the other?
 

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Is it really necessary for you to ride your motorcycle with out any hands?

Awe come on, that's a serious question.

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I do all the time.its no fun now though.the new wheel i put on it has good bearings and doesn't have headshake at 30 mph anymore
 

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yes the forks are the same height. i know its not that big of a deal and no, ive never been in a position where i had to take both hands off of the bike. i'm just worried that if i do sell it people are going to try to low ball me. is this something that i should be worried about for financial reasons? i'm just not the type of guy that tries to hide things. i like people to make informed decisions.
 

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Tell the buyer that it is what it is if ya dont like the price then you dont want tje bike
 

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If it eases your mind I hit a car at about 25 mph and didn't bend my frame

I figure that if it just pulls slightly left with no vibes or wobble the it could just be a tire that has worn un even or the road is not exactly level even a back tire that is worn uneven could cause a slight push one way or another

Another thing you aaid you replaced the axle but what about the wheel bearings if the bkke took enough damage to warrant reacing the axle then it is logical to say the bearings could be damaged as well
Put the bike up on the center stand and weigh down the rear so the front wheel is able to "free wheel" while off the ground. Set a straight edge close to the front wheel and spin the wheel gently. Watching the gap between the wheel and the straight edge will let you know if something is off (bent). I took the slide on my VN a month and a half after getting it a few years ago and was doing about 35 mph. I locked the front end up for a panic stop and went down hard. Messed up a few things, headlight, tach housing, a few paint scratches, etc but nothing bent so going down at 10 mph should not have caused frame bending. Good luck.
 
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