Pulling to One Side

Question for Fix My Hog I don’t want to go into this in a big way, because it’s a question that could dig up a huge can of worms and you won’t have time for that! Could you please briefly advise me if it is considered ‘normal’ for a correctly adjusted and aligned big twin to veer to the left if the bars are released? I have been given many contradictory responses – both yes and no – including that it can be attributed to the fact that the bike is heavier on the left due to the weight of the primary. I have found the subject broached in the various online forums where some riders report the problem, while other owners of identical bikes say they can ride down the road, hands off, all day, regardless of road conditions and camber. What is your take on the matter?

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Fix My Hog Answers If your m/c pulls to one side, there is an underlying issue. Most commonly – tires, but you should also be inspecting: rims (especially on m/cs with spokes), wheel bearings, swingarm bushings/bearings, neck adjustment/bearings, rear axle alignment/adjustment, and tire pressure. Make sure that your wheels are spaced correctly and that none of your calipers have any drag. Inspect your rear shocks and consider dis-assembly & rebuild of front forks/fork oil. It is, obviously, best to eliminate the quick & easy stuff 1st. The drive side of a Harley IS heavier but the wheels/chasis is offset to compensate.

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7 Responses to “Pulling to One Side”
  1. Chris Raney

    I’ve got a question about how to check if your frame is bent on 2003 Harley Fatboy

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    • Customer Service

      There are no predetermined ways to accomplish what you are trying to do.
      Many situations are different.
      You may need to do some disassembly 1st, depending on where the damage is, or how it occured. It can be difficult if the frame is not flat on a level surface (no wheels).
      You may have to get creative in how you measure or what you use to measure.
      We often use 2 long, straight, lengths if angle iron (one on each side of m/c) on a perfectly flat, level platform.
      It takes time, patience, and common sense.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
      -Mark

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  2. elvis rigsby

    do you have to disconnect anything other than the battery cables on a 2008 fxdse2 to replace the battery with a alarm on this bike from the factory? thanks

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  3. Anthony Millette

    My 06StreetBob pulled to the left turned i had bad neck bearings .I replaced bearings run’s straight now.

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  4. Robert Celaya

    What are a real good Rotors,Calipers and Brake Pads for the rear of a 2011 Harley-Davidson Tri Glid

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