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I've had my ET4 for 5+ years now and overall it's super solid.

Last night I jumped on and immediately sensed that something wasn't quite right with the handlebars. Sighting down from the bars to the front wheel, it seems that the bars are now about 1-2 degrees off from "straight" with respect to the direction of the front wheel. This happens all the time on bicycles when you loosen the headset...

I've attempted to capture what I'm referring to in the attached pic. You can see that the wheel is pointed straight ahead, and the bars are 1-2 degrees to the left...

I'm not familiar with how the handlebars are attached on the ET4 - is it possible that something similar has happened?
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Handlebar alignment was recently discussed here :

handlebar realignment question

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the bars are kept in place by means of a big nut at the top of the fork, where it joins to the headset. it can be accessed by removing the handlebar fairings. it's usually deliberately not tightened completely, so that the bars will 'give' in a crash and not impale the rider.

the headset can get knocked out of alignment for a number of reasons - for example when the scooter is dropped, or even going over a large pothole. the 'proper' way to realign the bars is to take of the headset cover, loosen the nut, realign the bars, and re-tighten it, but that is a pain. unless they're seriously out of alignment or the nut is very loose and in need of tightening, you can usually muscle the bars back into alignment by bracing the front wheel against something and pulling the handlebars sharply.
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thanks for the quick replies! I was able to straighten it out by banging the bars against the steering stops.
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