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Pulls to the left??.
« on: May 12, 2022, 06:09:44 PM »

I've been trying to sort out why my bike drifts to the left immediately s soon as I attempt to let go of the handle bars.

With the side bags and TP empty it still drifts to the left. I've tried shifting my weight to the right but it still wants to pull left. Done the yoke bearing test with the bike on the centre lift and putting the wheel to the right and left then letting it swing to the centre,..wheel  stops at centre point.

Checked that the wheels are in alignment that's good.

When riding there's nothing noticeable the bike wants to go left until I attempt to let go of the bars.

Any suggestions are appreciated. BTW,..it's done this from day one when I got the bike . Its a 2007 I got it in 2010. Its not a big issue but just thought it's time I try and see if it can be sorted out..
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2022, 06:28:49 PM »

Jack the front tire up so it doesn’t touch the floor. Then see if you can move the front end front to rear and if it seems loose. If so you may have bad front end bearings or you may need a Fall Away adjustment.

If you take the front end apart to access the adjusting nut, I would recommend replacing both the upper and lower bearings and races and then do a Fall Away adjustment.

I hope it solves your problem. 

Jerry

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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2022, 03:51:56 AM »

Jack the front tire up so it doesn’t touch the floor. Then see if you can move the front end front to rear and if it seems loose. If so you may have bad front end bearings or you may need a Fall Away adjustment.

If you take the front end apart to access the adjusting nut, I would recommend replacing both the upper and lower bearings and races and then do a Fall Away adjustment.

I hope it solves your problem. 

Jerry

Cheers Jerry,   I'll look into that 👍
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2022, 07:17:04 AM »

Do you ride 2 up?  May sound odd but I ride 2 up with the MRS for 99% of my riding and naturally I sit to the left a little on the seat instead of the exact center so that the Mrs can see out front.  I have found that when I remove my hands it veers to the left slightly but I know to lean a little right and that corrects it, not that Im out there riding with no hands all day ha!  Could be something mechanical or could be something like that.
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2022, 05:54:18 PM »

are the swing arm bushings good ? also check rear axle alignment (adjustment cams) if all good .... front tire  :nixweiss:  those are a few things i would check first
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2022, 07:12:44 PM »

X2 on rear axle alignment. I had a bike years that the rear axle was not aligned and everytime I hit a bump, the rear jumped to the right just slightly. Very un-nerving.
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2022, 04:47:39 AM »

Do you ride 2 up?  May sound odd but I ride 2 up with the MRS for 99% of my riding and naturally I sit to the left a little on the seat instead of the exact center so that the Mrs can see out front.  I have found that when I remove my hands it veers to the left slightly but I know to lean a little right and that corrects it, not that Im out there riding with no hands all day ha!  Could be something mechanical or could be something like that.

It's not that cheers

are the swing arm bushings good ? also check rear axle alignment (adjustment cams) if all good .... front tire  :nixweiss:  those are a few things i would check first

The swing bushings are good 👍.  I do work myself  I made a measurement rod that takes the measurement from the centre of the swing arm shaft to the centre of the wheel axle shaft, so that alignment is good .

I've checked the front bearings for any movement back and forth for any bearing play all's good.

I've done the FALL Away check and the wheel returns to centre but that's without removing the wing and not measuring the fall I think is 1/2" either way.

There is one other thing I've noticed the wheel is dragging on the brake pads a little enough that the wheel doesn't spin freely ( stops straight away) but not hard to turn,....perhaps the drag is the root of it. Only way to know I'm going to back off the pads then test ride if it rides straight then caliper overhaul.
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2022, 08:40:51 AM »

It's set up that way as a reminder to keep you on the WRONG side of the road!  :D :D  Seriously, hope you find it.  That brake dragging would be a real issue for me.
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2022, 09:49:57 AM »

It's set up that way as a reminder to keep you on the WRONG side of the road0!  :D :D  Seriously, hope you find it.  That brake dragging would be a real issue for me.

🤣 depends on the direction you're travelling 🤔🥴😜 try with one eye closed
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2022, 03:10:19 PM »

The same exact thing was happening to me on my 2019 RG. It was a slight pull to the left as if I was leaning that way. It happened when bike was brand new. I also felt a rear ass wiggle every once in a while, like the bike wasnt firmly planted. It made me nervous.  Several trips to the dealer. They changed the tires and that helped a lot but it still did it, although just slightly. I think it was a frame alignment issue. HD suggested it was how it is supposed to ride. Now I have a 22 RG and it is straight as an arrow.
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Re: Pulls to the left??.
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2022, 04:11:52 PM »

The same exact thing was happening to me on my 2019 RG. It was a slight pull to the left as dif I was leaning that way. It happened when bike was brand new. I also felt a rear ass wiggle every once in a while, like the bike wasnt firmly planted. It made me nervous.  Several trips to the dealer. They changed the tires and that helped a lot but it still did it, although just slightly. I think it was a frame alignment issue. HD suggested it was how it is supposed to ride. Now I have a 22 RG and it is straight as an arrow.

Had wondered about the frame alignment myself.  Haven't done anything with it as yet its been busy hope to get to it this coming week.
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