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post #1 of 60 Old 08-26-2015, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Leaning while riding

Man, this is killing me. The bike leans slightly left while riding, and is exaggerated at speed. I have checked the wheel alignment, suspension alignment, etc. The rear wheel is lined up with the sproket, but I have experimented by moving it left or right, but neither way makes a difference.

I have checked the tire pressure, the handlebar alignment, the grip location, my seating location on the bike, everything I can think of. Bike still rolls down the road and it feels like it is leaning. Only feels straight vertical when the road has a right side crown.

What the heck can it be? And better yet, how can I fix it?
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Man, this is killing me. The bike leans slightly left while riding, and is exaggerated at speed. I have checked the wheel alignment, suspension alignment, etc. The rear wheel is lined up with the sproket, but I have experimented by moving it left or right, but neither way makes a difference.

I have checked the tire pressure, the handlebar alignment, the grip location, my seating location on the bike, everything I can think of. Bike still rolls down the road and it feels like it is leaning. Only feels straight vertical when the road has a right side crown.

What the heck can it be? And better yet, how can I fix it?


Weird.

Maybe the bars are bent, ever drop the bike?

Are you sure it's not the roads you're riding on? Go to a flat parking lot and check it out. How about sticking a level on the bike to verify it is leaning like you think.

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When you take your hands off the bars, does the bike track straight?
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Weird.

Maybe the bars are bent, ever drop the bike?

Are you sure it's not the roads you're riding on? Go to a flat parking lot and check it out. How about sticking a level on the bike to verify it is leaning like you think.
New bars and risers - everything straight. Old bars were bent, though. Was going to stick a level on the crossbars to see what I see or if it is an optical illusion.

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When you take your hands off the bars, does the bike track straight?
No - it goes left since it is leaning that way.

I have tried moving my hands further left on the bars which would put my weight further left, and push the bike further right to compensate. No cigar.
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Doesn't everything in Austin lean kind of Left? Maybe go to Waco and try it. :-)
(Just kidding!)
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Doesn't everything in Austin lean kind of Left? Maybe go to Waco and try it. :-)
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Funny. But, I truely live in Cedar Park - Williamson county, and there is decidedly a RIGHT lean to this county!
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Two possibilities I can come up with:
The alignment can be off and cause the bike to lean since the bike is basically crabbing down the road.
If the old bars were bent, the cause of the bend could have tweaked the triple clamp alignment.
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I might go ahead and unbolt all the bolts for the triple clamp and "reset" them while it is on the centerstand. I have seen several different methods to check alignment, but non really address how to make sure the tires are vertical!~
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So the leaning is the symptom. The problem is that the bike wants to turn and you need to lean it to keep it straight.

Something is bent or misaligned. Triple tree or something else. The crash that bent the bars bent more than that. Keep checking.
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Piece of glass on the fork columns should sit flat.

Distance to rim from each fork column should be the same.

Vertical alignment, bike up against straight wall, measure from top and bottom of each rim to wall.

I haven't done this on motorcycle, just bicycle, but lay out paper on road and ride straight over it, see whether tires are tracking in the same place. Several back and forth can tell a bit.

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