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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Tracking left in new Storm

I bought a new Thunderbird Storm two weeks ago. When coasting with my hands off the handlebars, I find the bike pulls heavily to the left. My America would coast straight as an arrow. I don't feel any pull with normal riding. The dealer had two mechanics ride the bike and both experienced the same heavy pull to the left while the bike was in gear with no hands on the handlebars. One mechanic said that when he found neutral, the bike straightened its course. That same mechanic told me that he believed the pull to the left was due to the torque convertor and drive being on the left side of the bike. I'm just curious if any of the other Storm owners have experienced the same thing?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 10:54 AM
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Thats not normal. I've noticed that too, but very slight. And when i say slight i mean VERY slight. In fact, it sometimes doesn't at all. If i were you I would look into wheel alignment because if the dealer set up the rear using the alignment marks, they are definately off and the wheel will not be correctly aligned. They have to use an alignment tool and use the little square nubs on the swingarm as measuring points.

Also i would check the steering head to make sure it's not too tight or loose. Once those 2 things are eliminated then if it still does it chances are you may have a defective tire or something. But i would remove those from suspicion first. Don't assume your dealer knows what they are doing. Many are clueless on any number of issues. You'd be surprised.
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If it was over here you could maybe put it down to the camber of the road but you fellas ride on the other side so i wouldn't think it was that. cant say i have noticed it myself, it would probably be worse here because of the camber, i will check next ride.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 03:35 PM
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My bike does the EXACT same thing...always has.

It actually "leans left"...but with still go straight if I lean right with my hands off..
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Same here Mig. If I lean right I can get it to go straight.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 08:20 PM
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Hey guys - hate to re-hash an old thread, but this was here so why start a new one?

I've only got 2500 miles on my 2010 1600, and it also has a left lean with hands off the bars. Doesn't seem to be as noticeable when in neutral, but in gear it's very obvious. Took it to the dealer, all alignment was in check, my belt doesn't rub, and had the chance to ride another bird which did the same thing. Yet most say it's not normal..

There's a lot of Birds out there, I can't believe that only 4 of us have this lean.

Anyone else who feels it, or maybe can shed theories on it?
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Mine is straight as an arrow flies. No pull what so ever.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 11:21 AM
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Mine does this also, and after checking rear alignment I found that the forks were not equal. Loosened the pinch bolts and adjusted them equally and it rides fine. NOTE the bike was set up correctly, the right side fork has a slight leak. What I did was a "band aid" but really needs to fixed correctly. Look at every thing and do'nt overlook the front for handling issues.
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Mine is straight and true.

Good point about not overlooking the front end, linkdog. Forks can twist within their yokes.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 01:19 PM
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linkdog - that makes a lot of sense, and I didn't even think of fork being off like that. I'll give that a check (once this rains ends that is) - Thanks!
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