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post #1 of 5 Old 04-24-18, 15:52 Thread Starter
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Dropped bike - handling isues

Hi there, I've a 2008 street triple.
As the title says, my bike has seen the floor.. and done a nice little flippety roll.
Since then it has been drifting slightly to the right.
I've had the forks serviced by my local mechanic, so I'm assuming they are ok and straight in the yolks.
The fork service only made a slight improvement.
I've had to adjust the rear wheel alignment slightly to make cornering comfortable.
I've been riding it for 6 months or so like this. so maybe even the tyres will have worn a slightly odd profile by now.

So where do I start?
Is this something I can diagnose myself?
I'm guessing I've got 3 parts? - Yolks, Swingarm and, gulp; the Frame.

Worst case scenario, and I need a new frame, is it pretty much game over?
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Not sure of your location but maybe there is a shop near you that has equipment like the GMD Computrack system that can measure your frame and swingarm for alignment.

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You only removed the forks? You need to remove the triple clamps as well and make sure they're straight, along with the headstock itself, and that the bearings aren't damaged. With the engine being a stressed member, it's also a good idea to re-torque the engine mounts whenever the bike tumbles around.
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Thanks for the advice,
I'm in spain and a quick google shows nothing near me for GMD-computrack. Looks good though.

I'll be ever so happy if it's just a bend triple clamp, I've been fearing the worst.
I will talk with my local mechanic and see if he's willing/able to have a proper look for me.

again, thanks for the quick replies folks. :)
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A low tech way to check for fork straightness starts with raising your front end with a stand or by any other means. Now remove your front wheel and fender. Get a piece of plate glass 4in x 12in and place across the fork tubes. Try to rock the plate across the tube and if it remains flat and no rocking you are good. If the plate rocks then your forks are tweaked and an adjustment is necessary. You do this by loosening the triple tree pinch bolts and moving the tubes as necessary. All of this is only good if you haven't bent your forks but that takes a lot of force to achieve that. I hope this helps.
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