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Hey, I am a novice as far as mechanics. I was being a bit cute in the dirt yesterday and tipped over at low speed. the only damage was to the right hand guard and the handle bars somehow became mis-aligned. The point a bit to the right when the wheels are straight. I would think this is common. Is it? What is the right way to fix it? do I need a lift because I don't have one. Would I be better taking it to a mechanic? Recommends?
 

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Depends on how far it's off.. you can get someone to put the wheel between their legs and see if you can twist it back.. I have seen some use a telephone poll to do it .. I would probalby opt to loosen it up and straighten it out right . or have a mechanic or another experienced bike rider help
 

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Loosen the 'pinch' bolts on the top and bottom of the triple trees, but not compleetly finger loose, let them be slightly snug, slightly. This will allow the fork tubes to rotate inside the tripletrees and not slide down. If you have them loose to the point you can turn them with your finges, the tubes can slide upwards in the tripple trees, and you don't want that, thus snug, so they can twist but not slide down. With a friend to help hold the bike up-right, you can go to the front and face the bike and straddle the front tire/wheel and hold it in place and have your friend turn the handelbars one way or the other to align the forks and bars to a straight position. Check to see that the tubes havn't slid up into the tripple trees and if they are still at the proper heigth, tighten the pinch bolts top and bottom, both sides. Now set on the bike and see if you got it right, you should have acomplished something for free that might have cost you one hour minimum at the shop.
 

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