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Old 21st January 2011
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Default Forks are off

I was recently involved in an accident on my nightster (not fun). Not any major damage but I did go down on the right side. My bars took most of the abuse but now it feels like my forks are off. When I lean right it seems very loose and when I lean left it seems tight. Also when I'm riding a straight line it wants to gradually go right (as if a car/truck had a bad alignment). Is there any way I can fix the issue or do I have to bring it to the dealer?
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Just a thought. You may want to double check the rear wheel alignment. That's been known to make 'em track funny.
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Loosen and retighten the front end, the forks may be twisted. There is a certain procedure to follow, but I'm too "tired" to remember what it is.
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As XLXR said, loosen the front forks. Then get out your service manual and follow the procedure for tightening 'em up and be sure to adjust the "fall away."
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Loosen and realign the handbars also, then retighten when straight, most likely the cause of your alignment issue


just loosen the triple tree pinch bolts top and bottom to realign the triple trees, NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME, cause the front end will drop out..


the FM is really NOT specific about the proper fall away method,

as long as the stembolt has NOT been loosened or re-torqued.. fall away shouldn't even be an issue..with the bike being lifted front wheel on, tighten it down until you have resistance. Then back off until it is smooth, swinging the front end from side to side making sure it has no resistance or no binding at all.




just double check proper alignment of the triple tree's and handlebars which most likely took the brunt of the fall causing your alignment issue..
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If you are not familar with these procedures, you should have the work done by a professional. Having the front end setup wrong can cause some serious problems when riding at speed.
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