Help, I ride off-center

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by michelsavage, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    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.:cry
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  2. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    Have someone shoot a good video of you riding, then post it.
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  3. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"In other words, I lean left."

    Bike wheels are in alignment ?
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  4. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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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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  5. dbuzz

    dbuzz Citizen of the world

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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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  6. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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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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    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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  8. Iwantabikesobad

    Iwantabikesobad Long timer

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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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  9. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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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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  10. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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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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  11. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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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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  12. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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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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  13. PT Rider

    PT Rider Been here awhile

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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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  14. helion42

    helion42 Been here awhile

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    :rofl

    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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  15. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    Link?
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  16. Bill Harris

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    Waste of time. He was riding wired and with 50psi ture pressure. :eek1
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  17. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Roll Tide...or War Eagle?
    Thanks.
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  18. Merckx the Cannibal

    Merckx the Cannibal Been here awhile

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    Only one person has mentioned wheel alignment? I'm surprised.

    Check (using the string method, or simpler, by having a mechanic take a look) whether the rear wheel is following the track of the front wheel. I'm wondering if your rear wheel is pointed slightly to the left. The rear can get out of alignment if the adjusters aren't turned the same number of turns during a chain-tension adjustment.

    Don't rely on the markings on a two-sided swingarm.
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  19. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt MoooooooooOOSE!

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    Ride till if falls of, you crash or your neck wont turn. otherwise, try a unicycle. I ride the same way due to a broken tailbone that won't heal, strangley it hurts less the faster i go?
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  20. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    Great response !! :clap
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