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Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, one of the "worst drivers in the nation" (Texas!) took out my MP3 250 and me few weeks ago....boooooo. On the plus side, I found a goodlooking replacement: a 09 MP3 500 with only 3k miles, a repo from a local credit union for an outstanding price. My only issue so far: the handlebars are "tilted" to the left, like I was turning, when the wheels are straight, if that makes sense. Question for the board: how to I adjust the position of the handlebars?

Thanks for any help
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Quick way - bang the bars gently against the relevant end-stop to get them straight.

Long-winded way - take off the handle-bar covers, loosen the pinch bolt, straighten the bars, tighten the pinch bolt.
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jimc wrote:
Quick way - bang the bars gently against the relevant end-stop to get them straight.

Long-winded way - take off the handle-bar covers, loosen the pinch bolt, straighten the bars, tighten the pinch bolt.
That means turn the wheels all the way in the direction you need to adjust the handle bars and put pressure on the handle bars until you get them straight. Might take a couple of times.
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jimc wrote:
Quick way - bang the bars gently against the relevant end-stop to get them straight.

Long-winded way - take off the handle-bar covers, loosen the pinch bolt, straighten the bars, tighten the pinch bolt.
That means turn the wheels all the way in the direction you need to adjust the handle bars and put pressure on the handle bars until you get them straight. Might take a couple of times.
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Thanks for the replies, guys! I take it the pinch bolt is in the middle of the steering column?
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Use the search tab at the top and type in straighten handle bars. Lots of info. Good luck.
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Re: New (to me) MP3 500....handlebar/steering issue
strfish7 wrote:
the handlebars are "tilted" to the left, like I was turning, when the wheels are straight
must've been owned by a NASCAR fan... Laughing emoticon
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strfish7 wrote:
Thanks for the replies, guys! I take it the pinch bolt is in the middle of the steering column?
yes, easy to get to on a 500. take off center silver cover and the black 2 piece cover benieth it and you sill see the bolt and nut for the handle bars.
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