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As long as the Top Nut under the handle bars is Not already Loose (should be Tight) or Loosened during your work the alignment of the triple clamps won't change.
I've never given it much thought, but even if you completely took the triples out (like to re-pack the head bearings), those are going to line up again when you stick the forks back in. The lower section is going to straighten out when you put the axle in.
I have had my bars/wheel out of alignment after a tumble on bikes. usually holding the wheel in place (I've going it in between my legs) an then giving the bars a good jerk will make it right again. in really bad cases, you may need to slightly loosen the fork bolts on the triple and do this to get it all sort of sprung back into place.
The only alignment procedure mentioned in my '08 service Manual is for the rear wheel.
"It sure beats working all week, boozing it up in some smoky bar or sitting around watching the world go to Hell in living color and still ending up, just before payday, flat broke as usual. That's only existing, not really living." - Don Marshall, Cycles South, 1971
'08 KLR650 & '14 Super Tenere