I have a DL650K9 and it's my first post and bike on any motorcycle forum :mrgreen:
I hope this is in the right category - first, thanks to Blair from SV Racing and to Greywolf who answered some PMs before I even posted anything.
I have read - skimmed some - threads regarding fork alignment and fork brace installation and thought I was ready to complete this project in 10 minutes; instead, it took me that long to realize there might be something wrong and was hoping the Stromtrooper Brain Trust may be able to offer some ideas. It is a new bike so if one of the suggestions is to do a fork alignment, I will take it back to the dealer - unless there is a good reason not to.
No matter whether I start with the right fork or the left fork for the front half, the left side of the SB just doesn't seem to "fit":
The right seems to slip in just fine while the left . . . well, I hope the pics are obvious: the left doesn't want to "get around."
In previous threads, it's been mentioned that "fork variation" is really just misalignment - is this the case here? Or, did I get a bad batch? If the latter, I know it's an easy fix as Blair has been very responsive with my pre-sale questions and have no doubt that his reputation for customer service is well-earned.
What I have done is to place the bike on a swingarm stand - one of my first purchases after riding gear - and chock the front tire. I loosened the 12 mm pinch bolt, pumped the forks a dozen times without touching the front brake, then tried to install the SB - with the intention of hand tightening the bolts and then giving the front forks another set of pumping to ensure alignment. Well, after pumping the forks before
setting up the front half of the SB, the above pics result; pumping the forks again with just the front half still couldn't get the SB to sit right on the left fork.
I know some may suggest that I just force it into place but aren't I masking a possible alignment problem (if other can confirm?)? The outside part of the left lower fork has a slight mark where I tried to slide the SB in place but there's still that gap at the front.]