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Old 11-27-2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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the handlebar of my 2003 honda rebel is turned slightly to the right with bike going striaght--is it possible to adjust the bar so it's aligned with the front wheel?

forks etc do not appear bent or twisted.


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Old 11-29-2009, 04:03 PM   #2
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OEM handlebars are often remarkably easy to bend. Yours was probably bent by a fall, whacking into something, or even just an overzealous tug when manuvering the bike. You can bend them back the same way. Locate the bars in a "hard-over" position and tug the side that's out of place back into position. Having a friend assist would be very helpful. The bars may be weakened by bending; if you've thought about an upgrade bar, now might be a good time to look around for one.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:34 AM   #3
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Probably too late, but-

Could be your bars are straight but your forks are tweaked. It's not unusual for a front wheel to twist and try to take the fork legs with it.
If you can figure it out without making things worse, loosen all the nuts and bolts that hold the forks in place and then retighten them. Not all forks are the same set-up, so you may need to gently bounce them before tightening up again. Or- have a good mech check it.

Better bars are available cheap (@$20) from BikeMaster- sold through Parts Unlimited, a retail only catalogue. IOW- go to a dealer and ask to look at the PU catalogue. You'll probably find that a lower bar will be more comfortable, anyway.
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