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Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#1 Post by Ezikkiel » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:52 am

Morning all,

Hoping some of you could help me out. When I'm riding along I swear my bike leans over so slightly the right. I am convinced I am sat central and upright. I have new tyres and you can kinda see that it could be wearing on the right more than the left. But that depends on what you see I guess. Anyways anyone else have/had this? possible fixes? can bikes do this? if not then it must be me! :S

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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#2 Post by TimR » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:39 am

Is it a new bike / old bike
Possibilities
Check front forks for seal leakage
Check front suspension settings match each other
Fork oil levels mismatched
Fork internals damaged
Forks not level in the yokes


It may be a bent fork stanchion not returning fully

Brakes may be binding on one side
Bearing may be seizing on one side

It may be all in your mind
It may be that particular stretch of road
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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#3 Post by Baldrick » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:21 am

Move your wallet into your left side pocket. :mrgreen:

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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#4 Post by Westbeef » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:28 am

Is your real wheel aligned with the front? I had a bit of this on my 125 and that's all it ended up being.
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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#5 Post by Joeman » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:37 am

Right side of the tyre always wears more in the UK thanks to road camber.
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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#6 Post by Ezikkiel » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:35 am

TimR wrote:Is it a new bike / old bike
Possibilities
Check front forks for seal leakage
Check front suspension settings match each other
Fork oil levels mismatched
Fork internals damaged
Forks not level in the yokes


It may be a bent fork stanchion not returning fully

Brakes may be binding on one side
Bearing may be seizing on one side

It may be all in your mind
It may be that particular stretch of road
2013 GSR 6000 on the clock. Did drop it at about 15 mph when I first got it. Garage 'looked' it all over and cost me 600 quid to fix so could of bent something them maybe but would have hoped they saw it? :S No leaks far as I can see. Might have to get it booked in to get the above mentioned checked out by someone who knows how to do these :) but thank you for advice :)
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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#7 Post by iangaryprice » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:37 pm

Joeman wrote:Right side of the tyre always wears more in the UK thanks to road camber.
I had not considered the camber causing more wear on the right side of the tyre.
I thought it was down to roundabouts! they are all right handed and I have 4on my 5 mile trip to work! My last fornt was down to limit on the right but still 2.5mm in the middle. Maybe a combination of the 2 in my case,

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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#8 Post by Tango » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:15 pm

Could be that the forks have twisted in the yokes a bit from the drop........is the front wheel aligned with the bars?
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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#9 Post by fastbob » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:20 pm

Could be in your head, literally. Your inner ear acts in conjunction with the visual senses so the slightest imperfection could produce the illusion that your bike is not perpendicular to the ground. I used to experience this annoying sensation from time to time back in the days when I used to drink and smoke and weigh 23 stone . Now that I'm 13 stone , don't drink or smoke and generally look after myself I don't experience this sensation anymore.

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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#10 Post by Baloo » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:34 pm

TimR wrote:
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:39 am
Is it a new bike / old bike
Possibilities
Check front forks for seal leakage
Check front suspension settings match each other
Fork oil levels mismatched
Fork internals damaged
Forks not level in the yokes


It may be a bent fork stanchion not returning fully

Brakes may be binding on one side
Bearing may be seizing on one side

It may be all in your mind
It may be that particular stretch of road
When the forks are bolted together in the yokes they act as a single unit, this is why you can have some bikes with preload adjustment on one fork and rebound/compression adjustment on the other fork.

Bearings too, they are both acting on the same axle which is bolted into the forks

Brakes too, discs bolted to the same wheels, your back brake only has a disc on one side, plenty bikes only have a disc on one side at the front, doesn't cause the bike to lean.

If there was something twisted at the front end, the tyres and wheels would roll upright and twist at the steering head to compensate, so it may look like it wasn't steering straight when you look at the bars, but the bike would still be upright.

The only thing that would cause the bike to lean is a sideways force (side wind?), the riders body weight, or something putting a force on the bars or the steering head, but the latter would also cause the bike to turn as the front tyre rolled over onto it's edges (that's how countersteering works).

My tyres always wear heaviest on the nearside edge, but thats due to the fact we go clockwise round roundabouts and as Joeman says road camber.

I can't see any other reason for this, other than as said the OP's imagination.

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Re: Bike leaning slighty to the right?

#11 Post by cockercas » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:32 pm

TimR wrote:
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:39 am
Is it a new bike / old bike
Possibilities
Check front forks for seal leakage
Check front suspension settings match each other
Fork oil levels mismatched
Fork internals damaged
Forks not level in the yokes


It may be a bent fork stanchion not returning fully

Brakes may be binding on one side
Bearing may be seizing on one side

It may be all in your mind
It may be that particular stretch of road
Its all on one axle.

If you have dropped it take the front wheel off and then loosen the pinch bolts on the yokes.
Then tighten them back up
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