97 aspencade pulling to left


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97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby stagehead » Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:00 am



Do anyone have any idea why my 97 aspencade is pulling to the left.



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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:52 am

front tire on wrong, out of balance, bent rim, major cupping, could be the rear wheel too..if out of alignment
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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:35 am

RBGERSON wrote:front tire on wrong, out of balance, bent rim, major cupping, could be the rear wheel too..if out of alignment


I'll add: worn tires, loose swingarm, worn swingarm bearings, worn wheel bearings, worn or incorrectly torqued steering head bearings, incorrectly aligned forks.

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby stagehead » Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:17 pm

Thanks for a quick response.

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:22 am

A little history on what was done to the bike would help us narrow down the problem. Did you do any repairs to the bike or have any work done aor accessories added?
My first thought would be that the forks are not at the same height in the triple trees, next best guess would be wheel bearings on one side being worn out.8-)
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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby stagehead » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:10 am

I just purchase the bike. It has 36,000 miles. I was told the only thing done to it was new tires put on last year. I notice the front tire is cuped slightly, but not as bad as my 84 which runs straight.
Another question I have is do you need to take off the fairing to align the forks or tighten/replace the stering bearing . The dealer I saw said the first thing they had to do was remove the fairing to check the front end. That would take about 2 hours to remove and 3 hours to replace at $85 per hour that is $500 tax in before they even start working on the problem. .

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:01 am

No you can get to the pinch bolts loosen the forks and adjust them.

I guess if someone tightened the forks before putting the axle in they could get misaligned..but who would do that!!! :lol: Yeah i know the PO!!!

checking the bearings a good idea and the rear end..swing arm..etc. one won't think the rear end would cause this issue but it definitely can!
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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby robb » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:45 am

Check brakes. Could be a binding caliper.

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:19 pm

stagehead wrote:I just purchase the bike. It has 36,000 miles. I was told the only thing done to it was new tires put on last year. I notice the front tire is cuped slightly, but not as bad as my 84 which runs straight.
Another question I have is do you need to take off the fairing to align the forks or tighten/replace the stering bearing . The dealer I saw said the first thing they had to do was remove the fairing to check the front end. That would take about 2 hours to remove and 3 hours to replace at $85 per hour that is $500 tax in before they even start working on the problem. .


You should tell the dealer to read through How to replace your steering head bearings or How to rebuild your front forks which show the complete disassembly and reassembly of the front end without ever touching the fairing.

I think I would find another dealer. :)

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby spiralout » Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:22 pm

Mine did the same thing when I first got it, always drifted to the left. It ended up being that I always carried the factory tool kit, my tool kit. my 64oz cup and rain gear in the left saddlebag. When I spread the load out, it tracked straight :oops: :oops:

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:19 pm

NOW there's a thought!!!....................
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby wingman12 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:52 pm

what concerns me is the comment "cupping on edge and the tires were installed last year"?? I would be pulling the front tire off and checking out the wheel bearings, brake calipers and pads to insure not hanging up, check forks not only for proper height but what about the oil or air pressure may not be in forks. Something is not right that causes early cupping of the tire. (unless the PO drove a lot of miles since last year) but it is a 97 with only a total of 36,000 so I doubt he rode the legs off the front tire since last year.
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Re: 97 aspencade pulling to left

Postby wingman12 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:20 pm

Another thought while driving that 45 miles home on my wing, is the former po correct on the tire, check the DOT date on the tire. Was the tire balanced?? Any weights on the rim?? I get around 25,000 on a set of tires on my 99 1500. Basing the bike has 36,000 and shows signs of cupping and just changed front tire last year??? Math does not add up. Please keep advised. :D :D




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