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Unusual "trailing bottom link" on a Honda RuneA motorcycle fork is the portion of a motorcycle to which the front wheel and the handlebars are connected, usually incorporates the front suspension and front brake, and allows the rider to steer and balance the motorcycle. In the case of a telescopic fork, it consists of two fork tubes (sometimes also referred to as forks) which hold the front wheel axle and a triple tree which connects the fork tubes and the handlebars, perhaps through a riser, to the frame with a pivot that allows for steering.














The fork, along with its attachment points on the frame establish the critical motorcycle geometry parameters of rake and trail, which in turn contribute to wheelbase.

The front brakes are connected to the fork, and act against a rotor or drum attached to the front wheel. The front fender is also usually attached to the front fork.

The fork, how it is implemented and adjusted, plays a major role in defining how a motorcycle handles, especially how much it dives during braking.
 
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Aligning Motorcycle Wheels
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Aligning the wheels is universally regarded as a sound bike practice. It is a good thing to have both ends of the motorcycles aligned so as to make cornering smooth and predictable. In addition, alignment makes less wear and tear for the wheels.

It is rare for riders to do alignment on new bikes. This is because innovations greatly improve production tolerances over time. Thus, most bikes now are pretty straight.

However, we have to do the aligning to most of the models we have these days. Before you proceed to the aligning, be sure that the motorcycle parts are free from flaws and the basics are fine.

















Traveling in a straight line will definitely bring you to your desired destination with lesser effort and calculation. If the wheels are not aligned, the bike may have the tendency to pull on one side or steer in one direction easier. These circumstances can lessen the bike's tyre span.

If you are using the squiz at your conventional chain-drive bike, you can change the back wheel's position through the adjusters. When you move the wheel or tension the chain, you line it up against the alignment marks on the swingarm. If the axle is back on one side at about three and a half notches, be certain to bring it back to the same extent to the other side. Always double check.

To test the alignment of your bike, you can use the string lining technique. All you have to do is to use two straight edges or strings that are longer than your bike. Let your bike stand still on the sidestand and closely prop up to vertical. A race stand is also a good alternative. The next thing to do is to wrap the string around the front wheel and connect it under-bike hardware under the machine. To achieve best results, you must have a bike buddy to assist you. Another, you can also use oil cans and jackstands to hold the loose ends of the string while you are fiddling. To make it all lined is quite a hard thing to do but to make it easy, stop when the bike is already assumed straight.

Accurateness is not that critical. If ever, you find it really difficult to align, check on the frame or perhaps the bike might have been designed with the rear wheel offset from the front.

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