September 30, 200575 FL Front wheel looks off center to the frame
(Dont know if this should be in wheels/tires or frame and suspension since it might be both I'm posting this here, I apologize if wrong.)
I've searched the net and called around locally for info but cant get an answer. Some articles indicate certain yrs had a factory wheel plane offset. I bought the Harley manual, used the string technique to align front and rear tire, rear is off by 1/4 inch or more in relation to the front tire and pointing to the left viewed from behind the bike! When standing in front of bike and visually inspecting the front end the front tire is left of center to the frame about an inch maybe more. When going down the road the handlebars are pointing slightly to the left, same with the headlight beam. Is this normal? It rides fine at all speeds except front shimmys bad when releasing the handlebars momentarily around 34 to 40 mph! I have 16" apes. Up on a bike lift havent noticed any play in the forks etc. No fork leaks and when hitting a bump front rattles a bit but not a hard clunk. Someone told me to adjust the pinch bolts but there's nothing in the manual explaining what that does and havent tried it yet. I asked the local shop to check all the suspension and bearings but I've a feeling they didnt. Could the front end or frame be bent? Rebuild? Replace? What to have checked? Dont want to get ripped off from a shop. What can a novice do? Any suggestions please?