I've taken my bike to several shops, all of which eyed it and couldn't figure out what's wrong. I've also spent a bit of time searching the net but couldn't find answers.
Anyways, the bike's a 99 R1 and has to lean to the left by about 1 degree to go straight. Or I have to lean my body to the left by 1 degree to go straight. If I try to keep both my body and bike upright completely straight, then the bike starts to go to the right. All testing was done on perfectly level round and no influence with wind. The bike has low-slided before on its right side but damage was only cosmetic.
I can rule out the following with confidence:
- bent/damaged frame and swing arm
- chain too tight
- weight balance is off (eg, negligible weight difference between AM and OEM exhaust)
- forks out of alignment
I had the following looked at but haven't ruled them out as possible factors:
- adjusted and aligned front forks but no differences were felt
- set right side of rear wheel alignment back a bit. didn't notice a difference
- someone suggested rear tire may be faced off a bit to the left from previous owner doing burnouts, so I tilted my bike to the right and burnt a bit of rubber in an effort to correct any possible balance bias due to the rear wheel, but no improvement was felt
Again, haven't found a shop that was willing to look at it with precision (eg, laser alignment systems) but I'm still open to suggestions from anyone with experience. Any ideas guys? Thanks!