One front tire is showing abnormal wear
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MP3 500
Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 317
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:20 am quote
I felt my 500 driving funny and saw this.



The right tire is definitely not wearing properly, so is this indicative of an alignment/balancing issue or do I just need new tires?
Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 219
Location: Belgium
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:32 am quote
Defintely looks like (very) abnormal wear, and possibly more than just an alignment issue based on looking at the top of the tire shown.

More like something is bent, and needs to be replaced before trying to have it aligned.
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MP3 500
Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 317
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:34 am quote
Thanks, looks like I'm taking the long trip to Toronto then. Sadly there are no certified dealers in the area.
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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 219
Location: Belgium
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:37 am quote
Do you remember hitting any big potholes, particularly on that side?

Could be a bent steering rod or a bent fork among a bunch of other suspect items.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 6019
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:57 am quote
I'd guess either a severely loose wheel bearing or a bent wheel support.

Try lifting that side by using your tiltlock with the bike leaning toward that wheel, and putting the scooter up on the centerstand.

I'm guessing you will be able to wobble the wheel in a way it shouldn't.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 8537
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:30 pm quote
Check the wheel bearing Then if you have to do an alignment it is not hard to do to nor does it need any special tools.
Need a phillips screw driver, 12 mm wrench or socket, 3 mm allen wrench to remove fenders and a piece of chalk.
Oh and a jack to get the front wheels off the ground.
Jack up the front end and strap the handle bars straight as you can, doesn't have to be perfect. Take the chalk and spin the tire and get a chalk mark all the way around the center of the tire tread. Do this to both front tires.
Get something with a fine point and spin the tire and make a line in the chalk all the way around the tire as it spins.
Now the alignment just involves getting the lines on the tires so they are the same distance apart front and back of the tire using the spacers at the end of the tie rod ends. They are just thin washer you move to the inside or outside of the tie rod fitting.
Hooked
MP3 500
Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 317
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:40 am quote
Nope, I didn't got that side with any serious impact. I'll try out the suggestions here and see what I can find, would be nice to save the time and money from going to the dealer.
Thanks everyone.
Ossessionato
Gilera Fuoco 500ie
Joined: 11 Oct 2009
Posts: 4174
Location: Netherlands Olst
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:13 am quote
not that side? the other hit something?
Hooked
2010 S50 Modified "Punkin"; 2003 ET4 150 "ISO"
Joined: 18 Feb 2017
Posts: 284
Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:29 am quote
Greetings:

I would venture a "Toe Out" misalignment. Could be due to loose bearing or bent tie-rod.
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 38616
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:50 am quote
Excessive toe (either way) would affect both tyres evenly.

It's a small camber adjustment on that side that's needed, OR the wheel bearing isn't at 90 to the steering stem.
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MP3 500
Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 317
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:51 am quote
Nope, I haven't had any collision's on either side.
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