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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 08:02 AM
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Bent handlebars and twisted chassis (possibly)

My 125 Honda fourtrax (somewhere in the 80s model) has handlebars that are uneven and make it run very crooked.. someone said something about rotating them.. would this work? I also think maybe the chassis might be twi\sted or do you think the uneven handebars would cause the line of travel to be extremely crooked. The left handle bar appears to be lower and pulled in more than the right.. any solutions?
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Re: Bent handlebars and twisted chassis (possibly)

the bars could be bent or the tirods could be bent or just out of adjustment...or it could be the frame...i would suspect the tie rods first
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Re: Bent handlebars and twisted chassis (possibly)

Looking down on the bars are the mounts perpendicular with the centerline of the chassis? If not, time to play with the tie rods. While at it, check the toe-in, you want less than a quarter inch.

It's pretty common to have bent bars. 99% of the time it's the left side because people usually roll it over that direction and the handlebar usually gets bent along with the levers. To figure out if they're bent measure from the apex of the bend by the clamps to the end of the bars. The one that is bent down will have a shorter measurement.
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why do people usually tip tp the left??
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Re: Bent handlebars and twisted chassis (possibly)

beats me. watch people at the track. more times than not they bail off the left. i, in my experience, fall off the right side more often.

maybe it has something to do with the throttle hand/thumb being close to the body when they turn to the right so it's hard to control. i don't know. i've run twist grips my whole life so i don't know.
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