Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
I would get the bike up on a lift with the front wheel off the ground, stand back and look at it. Look for a bend in the fork tubes toward the back. Look at the line from the fork caps to the end of the sliders. You can see a lot with your eyes. If you don't see any obvious damage you can move to the next phase.
Remove the wheel. Using a couple of yardsticks or dowels, place one across the tubes up near the triple tree. Of course, stuff will need to come off to do this. Place the other down across the sliders. Sight down them and look for a twist in the forks. If the forks are straight, as above, the twist is easy to take out by loosening the triple tree bolts and tweaking the fork with a bar or (reassembled) against a solid object. I used a convenient telephone pole in Napa a few years ago. Place the tire against the object and turn it into the object with the handlebars. Sight down for a twist, repeat as required.
If there is no twist, ride it at various speeds. Check for normal handling.
Last and most extreme, to check for tweakage you can't see, get the bike up on the lift again. Remove the front wheel, speedometer cable, and brake caliper. Remove the fork cap without putting your eye out from the spring behind it. Each fork slider should slide up the fork tube with relative ease unless it is bent.
If you want, you could just do the third step first and give it the Marty Feldman "Looks good to me!" if it rides OK.
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Tom [email protected]
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