Q:The last couple of Harleys I’ve had—a 2001 and now a 2012, both of them being FLHTCS—DO the same thing. When on cruise, they drift to the left when you take your hands off the bars. Thinking wheel alignment, I’ve checked the rear wheel many times, without success. I don’t remember the older Harleys I’ve had doing this. Any thoughts?
A:“They all do it, sir.” The left side is heavier on a Harley, and in addition most of the heavy rotating stuff is on the left too. The centrifugal forces generated will drift it left. I think the older Harleys you rode drifted left as well. If it seems more than a slight drift, then there might be an alignment issue.