Twisted Steering a Problem? Also Tight Chain?
Tonight I looked at a used 2006 with approximately 10,000 miles, for $3,200. It has obviously been garaged, as it didn't show rust on the bolt heads.
It had been dropped on the right side. The throttle grip was torn, the right brush guard was missing, the right plastic panel (front of the tank) was held on by screws instead of pop-ins. The owner stated that he had also replaced a lever, and that the right brush guard was on order.
My only problem with all this was that the bars are turned at about a 5- or 10-degree angle to the right when the bike is going straight down the road. It doesn't appear that the bars are bent, but rather that the forks may be twisted in the clamps. The fork clamps are tight enough that I couldn't change anything by straddling the front wheel and twisting the bars, though. I'm wondering, is it possible for the assembly to be twisted out of line without anything being permanently bent? In other words, if I loosen the clamp bolts and twist everything back in line, is that probably a permanent fix?
Also, the owner had adjusted his chain with zero slack in it at rest, ie taut as a guitar string with the machine unladen. I pointed out to him that this puts a lot of stress on the countershaft bearing. He didn't appear to know how to adjust the chain. This is his first motorcycle (he's now buying a V-Strom). I'm wondering - can I detect a problem with the countershaft, assuming this condtion has actually caused a problem, or is it probably OK?
Another thing that scares me is he said he did the doo hickey himself (with supervision).
Should I move on to a different bike?
Last edited by funkychateau; 07-08-2008 at 09:35 PM.