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« on: September 27, 2010, 03:16:03 AM »

I just purchased a new 2010 BV 500. After leaving the dealer on my way home I noticed that the handlebars are pointing slightly to the right while I am traveling straight ahead. Its a small thing but I find it distracting and like to know if they are easily adjustable or should I make the trek back to the dealer? Anyone have experenced this?
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 05:25:28 AM »

Take it back to the dealer and show them. It should only be a matter of loosening the triple trees and properly aligning the front forks, shouldn't take long. Often during prep the fork cinch bolts are tightened in the wrong sequence. Haven't removed forks in a couple of years but if memory serves, tightening the cinch bolts is usually suppose to be accomplished with the bike standing as ridden, not on the center stand, which requires either an assistant or a rear wheel clamp to hold it in position. Often during prep they will attempt to bypass the extra time and labor. That's my guess anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010, 06:34:22 AM »

Go straight back to the dealer.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2010, 10:24:05 AM »

Not laughing at you, JP, but 'Go straight back to the dealer' is hilarious - his steering's off-centre!
Made my morning.

Incidentally, I don't know if the BV500's the same in the handle-bar department as the X9 but the cure for them was to whizz the handle-bars firmly to the appropriate side to 'force' them round a fraction.
The Piaggio Dealer both John and I used - probably the best in the UK - used that method very successfully.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2010, 08:54:28 PM »

I see what i wrote now Mike.
Why doesn't the dealer come out to you or if he can't get the bike taken to the dealer and the dealer will have to foot the bill.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2010, 10:05:19 PM »

I'd take it back so that they can loosen the bolt and move the bars. Won't take long at all- you'll wait for it. Trying to just man-handle it is harder than it sounds and if the bolt is tightened to spec it won't move.

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2010, 10:46:20 AM »

Mm. I must have imagined it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2010, 03:14:26 AM »

Well today it was raining all day and I decieded to try and tackle the fix myself. First I removed the instrument cluster and handlebar covers to gain access to the handlebar clamp assembly. It was a tight area to work in but I was able to loosen the clamp and move the handlebars to where I wanted them. All is good now and I saved myself the trek to the dealer.
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2010, 04:00:35 AM »

Glad to hear your problem is resolved.
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2010, 11:08:36 AM »

Well today it was raining all day and I decieded to try and tackle the fix myself. First I removed the instrument cluster and handlebar covers to gain access to the handlebar clamp assembly. It was a tight area to work in but I was able to loosen the clamp and move the handlebars to where I wanted them. All is good now and I saved myself the trek to the dealer.

Well done mate. You're gonna need those sorts of skills if your dealer is anything like mine.
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2010, 09:52:27 PM »

Well done for doing it yourself.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2010, 07:19:03 PM »

congrats on the initiative
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