handlebar/front wheel mis-alignment

I am a bit worried. yesterday i had a 2-3 mph slide out/tip over on a flat 180 turn to try and avoid hitting a rider that had just fallen in front of me. the bike seemed fined until later when i loaded up to leave. then i noticed that the bars and front wheel seem to be a little off alignment from each other. i cannot accept that the forks could bend on the such a minor fall. what could be wrong and how might i fix this problem? the bike is a klx300r, 2003, all stock. thanks all, any help would be appreciated.

We justed posted this:

Make sure that your forks aren't binding. Put the bike on a stand, remove the handle bars, loosen the bolts in the top tripple clamp, and then remove the fork caps (they will still be connected to the rod inside the fork). Now compress the forks and see if they bind.

The bottom of the forks also need alignment. You need to check the pinch bolts on the bottom left fork. Loosen them and pump the forks to make sure the forks align at the axle. Use the front brake to anchor it for this. Then tighten the nuts and check the forks.

Pretty common after a hard crash. The torque on the forks is only 12-14 psi. I've had to straighten it on the trail a few times and guess at the torque after realigning the forks.

Burnrider is right, but out on the trail, the quick fix is to loosen the triple clamp pinch bolts and bounce it a couple of times, have a buddy hold the front wheel between his legs while you grab the bars and straighten it out. Works most of the time for me. Not that I've ever fallen or had my forks get tweaked. We all know it's usually Corey..... :cry: :cry: :cry:

Thanks. i will do that as soon as the stand i just ordered arrives. you may also have given me the technique to fix my dr 650 that has the same problem from a slide out - just a bit worse. fixing the dr would give me a bike to ride to work on again.

PS - I'm not saying that it's not possible, but I think it's pretty rare to see a bent fork on a dirt bike. I've straightened one of ours or buddies at least a dozen times and have never had a bent fork. Gouges, nicks on the sliding leg, and lots of tweaks, but never a bent fork. Good luck.

Also possible that your handlebars are bent. I had a similar, fairly low speed wipe-out 2 weekends ago. Had to drive back to the car steering left, but the bike was going straight :cry:

The problem was that the stock handlebars were totally bent on the left side. Luckily, it was at the end of the day and I was actually heading back to the car/trailer anyway so I didn't miss out on any riding. Also, now have some new aluminum bars :cry:

Anyway, thought I'd just throw that out there in case you spent some time playing with the forks and still find the bar and wheel are still mis-aligned.

Burnrider is right, but out on the trail, the quick fix is to loosen the triple clamp pinch bolts and bounce it a couple of times, have a buddy hold the front wheel between his legs while you grab the bars and straighten it out. Works most of the time for me. Not that I've ever fallen or had my forks get tweaked. We all know it's usually Corey..... :cry: :cry: :cry:

I agree with Bill, but none of my buddies will risk their niggets by MY front tire. A tree works great. Get that tire up on the side that is tweaked and give'er a "quick little jerk". Funny. For some strange reason thats what all my buds call me now.

:lol::cry: :cry:

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By CantleyCustoms
      Hello guys,New to the forum.
      Quick question,I have a 1994 klx650c i recently purchased and am in the process of upgrading it.
      Have a trial tech vapor speedo ready to fit,however just wondering about the stock instrument gauges etc.
      Is it literally a case of unplugging the old dash and fitting the Vapor? Is the Dash used to complete the stock wiring circuit? e.g-if i unplug it and leave it unplugged is it going to effect the running of the bike? What about the dash lights,how would i go about wiring these up?
      electrics really isn't my strong point,got the basics covered but way too complicated for me.
      any help greatly appreciated,any more info you need please feel free to ask.
    • By rodrigonehme
      Hello, This is my first post and I'm new to TT.  I recently acquired a 2008 KLR650 (which by the way I absolutely love) and I'm working on adjusting my valves, I already measured its clearances and found this helpful online calculator: http://www.carguy.org/klr650/shims.html however I'm unsure of what the shim factory setting size is and it is essential to get the right shims. Does anybody know what the factory settings are?
      Thank you!
    • By RT_Chris448
      Recently we did a project bike with Dirt Bike Magazine's KLR650 and we were pretty excited about the results.  Check out the article on this fun project here:
    • By DougBurgoyne
      Hey guys,  
      A super duper THANKS for all the help, laughs, and fun I've had here, and the bike I put together based on advice and lots and lots of reading material you've provided on what is the best vehicle forum I've ever encountered (been on many over the years). . 
      Just when my bike was absolutely the bike I wanted it to be, my riding buddy (who is my father in law) bounced of his DRZ well up 4610 here in Oregon and broke his leg, and good. Tib/fib  job requiring rods, screws, plates, and a kitchen sink to put back together. If it wasn't for the MX boots I got him, and "forced" him to wear....there would have been all sorts of nastiness sticking out of the skin. No doubt about it, as both lower bones broke at sharp angles making spears inside his leg. As it was, everything was contained. He is going to be down for quite some time. I bought my drz to ride with him initially as he had a KLR650 and had an interest in backroad and moderate trail riding. On our first trip out (Brown's camp easy/mod trails) after about 10 times picking up his KLR with over-inflated 50/50 tires (mine stayed on 2 wheels all day long) he said "I need a bike like yours". Within a week he had his DRZ too! Then over the fall and winter we did all the mods and fixes to get them ready for this spring/summer.  It was kind of a miracle I even convinced my wife to let me get a dual sport bike. I'm 50 now, and have a degenerative vision disease called RP. Basically, I'm missing quite a bit of my vision field, but have decent vision straight ahead (unlike macular degeneration). I'm not in denial that good/full  vision is important for safe motorcycle riding on the street...and the reason I'm a 90/10 dirt/street guy. My argument was that we won't get hurt just poking around the woods, old man style, with occasional pavement work to connect trails (thus the need for dual sport over dirt bike).  Well, my father in law shot that theory down, but good!  He has dealt with so much pain over the last month, and met several dual sport riders in for riding injuries (some that make his look like a kid's day camp) that he decided he is out of the game. Unfortunately for me, that means I'm out of the game too. My wife is so worried I'm going to get injured badly, that it's not worth the fight. I don't want her and my daughter stressed and worried every time I go riding. My father in law was doing great on the roads and trails we've been riding. And just loved riding the DRZ. But he's 70 and looking at Jeep Wranglers with lift/tires for his forest adventures going forward. Not a bad call imo.  So...I've sold 2 DRZ's and a KLR in about 1 week (here in Portland OR, I could have sold 4 more DRZ's in the same time if I had them!).  His 1100 Honda shadow cruiser is on C.L. now as he is cleaning out the stable completely. Sad, sad day. It's only been a month since our last ride and I'm already missing the dirt big time. Even sold my daughters doodle bug. Oh well, life goes on. 
      Take care guys, ride safe (inside your skill level), gear up...and have some fun for me!!
    • By ToadalyCrazyCanadian
      I have about 25 years riding experience, have a budget of 10,000$ Canadian and need a bike that is street legal in Ontario Canada, but can handle some real off road and highway riding. I'm between 210-220lbs, 5'7" and want a new or nearly new bike with a comfortable stand over and I want something that already comes with some features and bling.