Join Date: 04-15-2008
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Dumped Her - Forks/Steering?
Just looking to get some opinions. Dumped the bike taking a left turn out of my development. Sounds crazy, but someone decided to leave about 12-15 AA batteries in the middle of the intersection, and I think the mix of a cold road/cold tire and going over the batteries caused the misfortune of my bike coming out from under me at appx. 10-15mph. Been riding for 10yrs and this is my first dump.
Luckily, I didn't get hurt bad, just banged up my knee. The bike fell on the right side and broke the brake lever, broke right mirror, bent the screw/bar end and scraped up my plastics decently. Bike didn't hit anything other than the pavement.
The bike was still running when I picked it up and I drove the the 1/4 mile back to my house. Everything seems ok, but my paranoia was telling me the steering may have felt a tiny bit off. What are the chances there might be a tweak in the forks / triple clamp / steering column?
I called my shop, they don't have the actual tool for testing that stuff, but said they can use a "jig" and test to see if the tires are straight and all that. Would it be worth finding a different shop that has the actual tools for testing this? Any idea what they might charge me for this? Any input is appreciated!