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S1kRR 'veer to the right' fix

Got some feedback from service tech on the veering to the right problem that is common on the S1kRR. The service techs at a local dealership put new tires on and found the rear axle was off - kinked at an angle.

They aligned it, and the bike does not veer at all now. I can feel the difference even with hands on bars. Handles way better now.
The bike was totally stock and untouched since factory when I took it in.

I only mention cuz when I first got the bike I researched the issue, and started another thread on it, and I saw a number of different ideas on what was causing the problem, but no one was confident on a solution..
Some said get a lighter exhaust (weight reduction on right side), some said there was something with the clutch (I think), and a few other myths/ideas.

The alignment adjustment did it for me.

Odd it came from factory like that.. ?


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Others have tried this with no success.
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Others have tried this with no success.


Cool. Maybe there's a few this fix will apply to and help. Who knows.

It's such an annoying issue...




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I never noticed it on my 2015 - I have only ridden my 2016 once for 70 miles at the track - didn't notice anything.

Then again I don't take my hands off the bars - never use CC.

As far as the rear wheel alignment certainly if it is out of alignment that could cause or be part of the problem.

I use LighTech adjusters - they are extremely accurate. I have not put them on my 16 yet - I will next week when I change tires. Weather is cool here so I figured I run the stock tires the first few track days - plus I certainly am not ripping it up at the track with the rev limiter in place.

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My 2016 didn't actually veer but it gave feed back it sort of wanted to, like an uneasy feeling with hands off bars, my friends 2016 does veer. I fitted Lightech adjusters & alined wheel myself, now bike feels rock stable with hands off bars zero strange feeling. What I did notice is the amount the swing arm needs to compress from it's natural position to clamp wheel, no other bike I have owned needed so many turns of axle nut once engaged hard surface to tighten all components together for swing arm to clamp.

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I could see how that would work but it didn't make a difference on mine. I have the Lightech axle adjusters and they are milliliter-accurate--I know because I measured the distance with a digital caliper. The only thing that made a difference was replacing the stock can with a Ti Yoshi. Steel veers a little bit though.
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I could see how that would work but it didn't make a difference on mine. I have the Lightech axle adjusters and they are milliliter-accurate--I know because I measured the distance with a digital caliper. The only thing that made a difference was replacing the stock can with a Ti Yoshi. Steel veers a little bit though.
My experience also. Alignment checked to the "nth" degree. Added lighter can, and it got better. Had my forks aligned...that also helped, as they were off. But, like yours, mine still has a little tendency, though I can ride hands-off if I place my right hand on the gas tank. At that point I can move my hand a little left or a little right and steer the bike with hands off.
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My experience also. Alignment checked to the "nth" degree. Added lighter can, and it got better. Had my forks aligned...that also helped, as they were off. But, like yours, mine still has a little tendency, though I can ride hands-off if I place my right hand on the gas tank. At that point I can move my hand a little left or a little right and steer the bike with hands off.


That sucks. I wonder if offsetting the alignment just a touch to the opposite is the fix for some?

I will say that when it did veer right, I thought it was only an issue when riding no hands. But now that it's 'cured', there's an improvement all around. So might be worth the offset attempt.


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That sucks. I wonder if offsetting the alignment just a touch to the opposite is the fix for some?

I will say that when it did veer right, I thought it was only an issue when riding no hands. But now that it's 'cured', there's an improvement all around. So might be worth the offset attempt.


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I wouldn't do an offset...that's just introducing more variables into the equation. The bike veers (slightly) due to weight distribution (at least that's purportedly what BMW has said), and the only fix then would be an exhaust that doesn't hang on the right, such as a Taylor Made; however, I've heard some negative comments about that exhaust, so it wouldn't be my choice. I don't find this issue troublesome, and that wasn't always the case. Lighter muffler...my recommendation.
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I wouldn't do an offset...that's just introducing more variables into the equation. The bike veers (slightly) due to weight distribution (at least that's purportedly what BMW has said), and the only fix then would be an exhaust that doesn't hang on the right, such as a Taylor Made; however, I've heard some negative comments about that exhaust, so it wouldn't be my choice. I don't find this issue troublesome, and that wasn't always the case. Lighter muffler...my recommendation.


I did the muffler idea first, as most have done. I got a 4.5 lb weight reduction on the right side with a new exhaust, and it changed nothing. I think most that have done this agree there is little to no improvement with this method, and therefore poor weight balancing from factory is not the culprit.

The only change was it took less input to counter the veering


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