If you own a motorcycle, you should learn how to straighten motorcycle rims. This is one of the biggest safety precautions to take when owning a motorcycle. This can effect the way the bike moves and how it turns. This is actually an easy process, and if done routinely, it should only take a couple minutes. What’s a couple of minutes when it can improve your forward movement and possible save your life!
Things you will need:
- motorcycle stand
- zip ties
- tape measure
- spoke wrench
- Getting Started: Prop the motorcycle on the stand with the tire of focus in the air. Tie two zip ties to the fork, (which is behind the front tire), or the swing arm, (if it’s the rear tire.) Trim the zip ties evenly. The tape measure should be used to ensure the same height and length of the zip ties. This is important to be able to tell if the rim is bent or not because the bent spots will touch the zip tie.
- Being Thorough In order to find the bent spots, position the zip ties evenly with the rim if the wheel. Spinning the wheel by hand, notice where the rim rubs against the zip ties. These will be the troubled spots. Using a hammer lightly tap the bent spots back into place.
- Final Touches: Tighten the spoke on the opposite side of the rub spot, using a spoke wrench, until the rim in centered between the ties. Tightening the spoke will also help to straighten out the rim. Repeat this procedure with each rub spot until the rim no longer rubs on the tire.
By repeating these steps at least once a week, you’ll reduce a eliminate a small problem before it becomes a big one. Happy riding!