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I trusted a rider I shouldn't have yesterday in a group ride and ran into a shitload of gravel with now warning from the fucker by signal. <img src=icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle> It was an uphill, sharp 15mph rt hander. I had a seriouslu good lean then saw the gravel and it was too late. I was only doing 20-25 I think.

The damage was very minimal. I already sanded down the small pieces of damaged fairing and repainted this morning so you can't even tell but I noticed a left bias in the steering. Picture it this way, when you ride straight, you notice that you have to keep your left hand a very, very small amount ahead of your rt hand handlebar to keep straight. It doesn't pull or anything like that. What should I check to correct this? I know that the wheel must be off to the left so I'm now correcting to the rt to keep straight. Can it be that things just got out of alignment or are the forks shot?

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This kind of problem if very common in crashes. The crude way to deal with it is to stand over the bike with you legs stradle the front wheel and twist in the opposite direction on the bars as you hold the front wheel strait with you legs.

To get it aligned more precisely you need a piece of plate glass aproximately 9"x4" that will lay flat across the fork tubes above the seals and below the lower tripple clamp. If the piece of glass will lay flat with no rock the fork tubes are aligned. If not loosen the bolts on the top and bottom a little and twist as described above until the glass will lay flat. CAUTION If you loosten the bolts too much the front end will slide down until the fender is resting on the bottom of the upper fairing so loosen a little at a time. I, by the way, found this out the hard way while trying to drop my front end 5 mm.
 

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I fixed it!!! Turned out to be the clip-on. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Before I went through the trouble of loosening the clamps, I measured the distance from their postions to the top. They were exact so this ruled them out. Then I decided to see how the measurement was when I turned the handlebars to full lock on both sides. That was it! I noticed my fingers would get pinned against the tank when turning full lock to the right side. I first tried to push with my hands as I locked the handlebar in full lock to the left. It worked a little but when I used my rt foot on the handlebar (caveman style), it moved that sucker ever so slightly. I now have full movement lock to lock and they measure equal. Tightened the clip-on more and all is ok. I'll give a road test tomorrow, weather permitting.

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great to hear everything is ok now..

i lowsided a few months back...not fun....but I would rather lowside than highside.....


only think that bother me now is the fact that my bike is no longer crash free and has some scuffs on it... :(

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I hear ya on the scuffs issue. I almost cried when my baby got it's first rash but with time and patience, she looks great. Even with some scuffs it gives the bike character. I ride aggressively so thinks are bound to happen. I just look at the fairings as cheap replaceables or repair friendly. Compared to car damages, it can't be beat.

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Good to hear all is good. I also had a small mishap today , fortunately at low speed, which is odd, cause lately I don't come below 100km/h that often :), but probably a combination of really cold tires (0C) today, a slow 90 degree corner, and my own cockiness wanting to tighten up the turn too much. Over leaned probably, and whoosh... bike slides out from under me. Oh well.. like you said, it was bound to happen , I know, cause I love to push it. I am sure this is not the last time either...

Anyhow, my question is , do you have any pointers on working on the plastic?.. I replaced my turn signal $70 CAD.. for the little plastic sucker.... the rest is all rash. A crack in the front upper fairing that probably should be filled with some epoxy (some advice here?) and scratchs on the lower left side fairing. I guess I can sand (again advice?) and repaint (more comments?).

Help and tips greatly appreciated.
 

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You'll probably get a bunch of ideas on how to fill cracks and bond the fairings so go with what appeals to you most. For cracks, you can use a jb weld epoxy on the inside of the fairing then sand down and repaint. Some people like a baking powder idea that reacts with the plastic and melts it like an acid. I haven't tried that yet.

The sanding I do is the same all the time. I use a 1000 grit to get the rough down and then use a 2000 grit to finish it off smooth. I bought the exact color match spray paint from www.color-rite.com for somewhere in the $20's and apply the paint slowly and from a good distance. I usually apply three coats and be careful not to spray too much or you will get drips. After the paint, I use a car polish to bring out the shine and then spray two coats of clear coat spray paint on it and polish again and you're done.

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Thanks guys.. have been reading and checking out the info. I think I am going to try experimenting , etc, and will post the results for future reference. The only thing I still have to research more is the paint thing. The problem with color-rite, is that it gets expensive when ordering from Canada. $28 (US) for shipments under 2 pounds + $12 "hazardous material" fee, plus $40 for the cans, would total US$80 for two cans of aerosol !! (clearcoat + paint). There has to be a cheaper way to obtain locally...
 
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