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Old 06-21-2008, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How bad is it to ride with a bent fork? Scale 1 to 10?

+1 for being hungry, not thinking clearly, rushing and forgetting about the front wheel lock.

Bent my right fork just barely, I can only tell by front wheel fairing and how it's spaced different on right/left side. How bad is it to ride? Maybe 1/4 inch different from wheel/fairing from left/right.

In addition, might this be an easy/cheap fix or should I be getting new fork(s)? - Fairly certain only the one is bent.

On another note; the other one is leaking and I wanted to have them resealed as they have 35k+ on them.....
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sounds fairly significant. Does the bike crab walk somewhat? What happens when you let go of the bars at speed?

Im gunna go with a 6.
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how bad depends on how bent, yours doesn't seem to be bent much but since your other fork is leaking I'd have both forks serviced and straightened if possible. Alot of bent forks can be straightened if it's not too bad.
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Well for one thing, it's probably not bent. they're a lot stronger than people think they are. You probably just tweaked the upper fork arm in the tripple tree. Loosen all the clamp bolts and reset both forks then tighten it up and it'll probably fix itself. As for the leaking fork...if you hit corners at all, I'd give it a 9 out of 10...VERY not good. But if you're just a straight line a-b parkinglot guy then I'd give it a 4 of 10. The tweaked front fork...just don't do any wheelies/stoppies or aggressive riding and it shouldn't be too big of an issue. So I guess if you ride like a grandma it shouldn't be a problem.
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Thanks! The left fork is leaking around the seal and is a bit concerning. The right fork, the one I think I bent, doesn't appear to be bent much at all. In addition, I can let go of the handlebars and I feel like it rides straight still. I needed to have the fork seals replaced.

....sounds like I shouldn't ride till I get it fixed, as I'll hit corners, and not casually. I'm not an A-to-B straight line rider.

How difficult is it to disassemble forks, fix seals and reassemble?

- I will be picking up front-stand soon.. I've removed the front fairings before, replaced my own clutch and jetted my own carbs... Is this a task I should be able to manage easily enough or should I be taking the bike to a shop for the fork work?

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Well for one thing, it's probably not bent. they're a lot stronger than people think they are. You probably just tweaked the upper fork arm in the tripple tree. Loosen all the clamp bolts and reset both forks then tighten it up and it'll probably fix itself. As for the leaking fork...if you hit corners at all, I'd give it a 9 out of 10...VERY not good. But if you're just a straight line a-b parkinglot guy then I'd give it a 4 of 10. The tweaked front fork...just don't do any wheelies/stoppies or aggressive riding and it shouldn't be too big of an issue. So I guess if you ride like a grandma it shouldn't be a problem.
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