ALIGNMENT FIXES WITH YAMAHA’S JONATHAN BELDING
Inspect the front of your bike for damage. If the
front wheel isn’t aligned with the front fender, then it’s
necessary to straighten the front end. Start by removing
the front number plate with an 8mm T-handle wrench.
Then loosen the bottom triple clamp pinch bolts with a
10mm wrench until they are finger-tight.
in front of the bike
and straddle the
front wheel between
your legs. Squeeze
the wheel with your
legs while grabbing
the handlebars. Turn
the handlebars in
straighten the front
check your progress
by lining the middle
of the front tire up
to the tip of the
front fender. Stop
the process once the
front end has been
If these tips don’t straighten your bike’s front end,
then it’s important to check the bar mounts, as they
might be bent. Remove the bar-mount nuts located
under the top triple clamp using the appropriate
open-end wrench. Also, remove the handlebar pad.
If the front end is still out of alignment, then it’s
necessary to loosen the steering-stem nut with a 32mm
wrench. Doing this will free up the front end even more.
Tighten the lower triple clamp pinch bolts with a 10mm
socket and torque wrench (check your owner’s manual
for the proper torque setting). Reinstall the front number
plate and tighten the steering-stem nut.