I'm putting this in the lounge subforum since it is not really about Victory motorcycles.
I have a weird issue that perhaps someone can help me with. I have been in Florida or North Carolina for the last 9-1/2 months. During that entire time, I rode a big touring bike (Victory Cross Country Tour). A few days ago, I returned to Michigan and my beloved 2006 Harley Softail (FLSTi) which is much like a Harley Fat Boy. It was my first "real" bike and we always remember our first
Upon mounting my Softail, it felt weird. No big deal, it always feels weird getting back on it after being away for the normal 6 months of winter. This time, however, three things felt odd when sitting or riding it. They are:
1) It feels like it is sitting a little lower than what I remember. This could just be the fact that I sit so much higher on my touring bike.
2) I have scraped the footbeds four times just going around corners here in town. I have scraped the footbeds on my HD many times in mountain twisties but never once when going around a city corner. Maybe Iím just used to riding the touring bike on which Iíve never scraped anything since it has so much more ground clearance. Maybe riding the touring bike with the high ground clearance for so long caused me to lean more in simple city turns. Or maybe something is wrong.
3) If I turn the bars a little bit like for a lane change or a highway turn, the bike seems to behave normally. That is, the bike seems to want to return back upright and the bars/wheel/front end want to return to going straight. However, when I turn the bars a lot like for a 90 degree city corner, the bars/wheel/front end donít want to come back straight. Instead, they seem to want to turn all the way to full lock and stay there. I have to push more than I remember to get the bars to go back straight. This doesnít seem right but I could just not be remembering things correctly.
The bike sat unused and on its tires/wheels/suspension for 9.5 months. It was on a battery tender and it fired right up after I put the proper amount of air in the tires (40 psi rear, 38 psi front which is what Iíve always run). It was parked covered on a concrete floor in my garage. There was absolutely zero leakage of any fluid below the bike when I returned.
What is going on? Is it all in my head (likely)? Could something have happened with the bikes suspension that would mess up the front steering (rake and trail?)? Could the rear shocks have gone bad? What would be the symptoms if they had? Iíve been driving around town with normal bumps and small potholes and have not bottomed out either the front or rear suspension. What should I look for to see if I have a suspension problem?
Thanks for any help you can offer.