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post #1 of 11 Old 10-05-2006, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Strange "crooked handlebar" problem

This has me scratching my head. It feels (and looks) as though my steering is crooked while riding. I just noticed it today. Everything looks right but when I start riding and look down the top clamp and handlebars seem slightly skewed (like I'm crabbin').

This is my third bike and I can't remember this happening before. Haven't hit any large potholes I can think of. Only thing I've done lately was add a Stebel. Have 9000 miles on the Strom.

Anyone know what might cause this and if it's safe to ride that way ('til I can get someone to look at it).

Thanks for any info.

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Mine is slightly off too. Just noticed it. Not enough to affect driveability. I guess as long as all the bolts are tight she's good to go.
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I thought maybe unbalanced saddlebags or worn tires or even mounting the Stebel off-center (though it doesn't weigh much).

Real noticeable though, almost feels like one arm is shorter...

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Strange "crooked handlebar" problem

:arrow: You might want to check your rear wheel alignment.
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Re: Strange "crooked handlebar" problem

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:arrow: You might want to check your rear wheel alignment.
Will do. Never thought of that. Thanks.

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It's just the handlebar clamps. Need to be adjusted. That's all!
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It's just the handlebar clamps. Need to be adjusted. That's all!
The bars themselves are in line with the clamps and everything else. Sitting still nothing looks out of whack. Even when riding the bars and clamps look normal, it's just that the entire steering column is a half inch or so to the left (when eyeballing it with the cowl).

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When you added the air horn, did you remove or loosen the cowl? You say the entire column is off, that would take something big that you would remember. Maybe the cowl isn't fully seated on one side making the column look crooked.
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When you added the air horn, did you remove or loosen the cowl? You say the entire column is off, that would take something big that you would remember. Maybe the cowl isn't fully seated on one side making the column look crooked.
Hmm, I'll check. I did loosen the cowl to get at the stock horn. Thought I tightened everything up but that would make sense.

Raining and cold today so I didn't ride to work. Gonna go over all these ideas next sunny day.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Well, I checked every suggestion one by one. Loosened and retightened the bars, loosened and realigned the rear wheel, checked the cowl and finally everything looks straight again.

Not sure which remedy worked (maybe a little of each) but I appreciate all the suggestions.

As an aside I'm wondering how much weight it would take in one saddlebag to create this kind of action. I mounted the Stebel inside the right crash bar rather than nearer the center of the bike. It weighs 2 pounds or less but I also had some gear in the right side saddlebag. Just curious.

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