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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 08:34 PM
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Main Motorcycle: 2012 Rocket 3 Touring
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I have 300 miles on my 2012 Thunderbird. Mine tracks very true. I can even change lanes right or left with my hands off the bars.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 01:39 PM
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Mine tracks pretty close to true, but I know it does pull a little bit to one side... can't quite remember which side though. The next time I ride it I will see what it is doing, then do some measuring of the front forks to see if they are a bit off...

This was always one of my pet peeves about the bike... it had that slight pull that did not allow me to go completely hands free for more than a few seconds unless I leaned. My old Suzuki Intruder 800 tracked perfectly straight, and I could lock the throttle on that thing and go for miles. The same appears to be true with my Honda 919 now as well, so I will most likely be looking for a throttle lock for it sometime soon as well.

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2010 Triumph Thunderbird
2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 06:08 PM
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Mine was very true when it was new and up to around 10,000 mi.,and after I could control it with a slight lean. Then I had new tires installed at 12,000 mi. and it was way worse, the rear was not aligned so I aligned the rear true and it was better but not perfect. For a while I've noticed a film on the right fork nothing major so I thought nothing of it until recently and have exausted all other reasons why it tracks left, thats when I measured the forks and found them to be different. I have checked them before but the bike was lifted in the air and was always true, it must have weight on them to see if they are sagging.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 12:27 PM
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Main Motorcycle: 2011 Triumph Thunderbird
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Exactly "HOW" do you check to see if the forks are equal?

Mine appear to be even on top of the trees...should I be looking elsewhere?

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 06:42 PM
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Measure from the bottom of the lower triple tree to the top of the lower fork tubes. The difference on mine was 1/8" or .125".
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