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Old 06-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #1
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Help, I ride off-center

Just bought an F650GS. I did a 1,000 km trip and, lo and behold, I ride 6-8 inches (10-15 cm) left of centerline. In other words, I lean left. This means I get wind turbulence from my V-Stream windshield, and my neck hurts like crazy. It's not sidewind, it's not bike balance, it's me. When I'm stopped, I am dead center, but as soon as I roll, bam, I lean left. My right leg hugs the motor, my right bun is almost in the center of the saddle, and even though I extend my arms fully, I remain off-center. As additional info, I am very tense on this light and high bike, I can flatfoot at a rest, and the bike is new. What (WTF) is wrong with me? I'm speculating that my right side (very strong) compensates for my left side (very weak). If that's the case, I'm probably done with riding. Some say that I should see a chiro. Any theory on that? Ever heard of such problems before? And yes, my arms are the same length.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:45 AM   #2
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Have someone shoot a good video of you riding, then post it.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
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>"In other words, I lean left."

Bike wheels are in alignment ?
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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I know that my spine and hips are not aligned properly. I often feel like my handlebars are bent because of this. If I let go of both bars I have to lean left to stay balanced.

I will also advise you to see a chirp.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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Sounds like you are too tense. That funny off-centre feeling happens to me when I'm tense and over-gripping the bars.
Try relaxing your arms and lean forward a bit ... keep your elbows bent. Loosen your grip on the bars too.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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I hate to open this can o'worms, but lightly hold the bars and lightly countersteer and see what happens.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #7
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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Have the bike checked for handle bar alignment. It may have been dropped or bumped at the dealer. Just a little bit off will make the kind of problem you are having. Wifes bike was tipped over in a parking lot and the front wheel/handlebars were off about a half inch. Have this checked, If thats the problem its a cheap fix.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #9
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See my thread - I really need advice - problem solved!!!

Yep. see my other thread and participate in the Quizz - the winner gets a French Kiss from me.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #10
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same problem . figured it was all those yr of getting my butt whipped as a kid. four bikes and the same problem must be me not the bike.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:32 AM   #11
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Take the wallet out of your right pocket (assuming that's where you keep it). Found out that what was causing my lean both on the bike and in the cage. Wallet rides elsewhere now and problems are gone.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:37 AM   #12
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The same thing happens to me and on all the many bikes I've owned/ridden. I'm pretty sure it's because my back and hips are out of whack.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #13
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I'dbe great to know if you lean to the right if you ride in the southern hemisphere.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:00 AM   #14
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It'd be great to know if you lean to the right if you ride in the southern hemisphere.


The wallet one was giving me problems too, I even have to move it when I drive the cage (sport seats are uncomfortable enough as it is).
I would guess that if you easily stand square, and feel that your weight is easily balanced across your feet and legs, then check riding posture, then check bike. I find that sometimes my standing balance can be thrown off, and it will affect my riding, but doing yoga helped realign almost everything for me.
It can also be difficult to tell if your bars have a slight wrong bend - a friend always complained of uncomfortable shoulders on his ducati, and when he swapped the bars he held them up next to each other and sure enough - one side was ever so slightly bent off center.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #15
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Yep. see my other thread and participate in the Quizz - the winner gets a French Kiss from me.
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