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Is anybody bothered as I am by the slight asymmetry of the front end?

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I just can't stop looking at it :ROFLMAO: Even other dukes I saw are not perfectly aligned.
Especially the pointy end of the headlight nose tilted slightly.
Drives me crazy o_O even the license plate holder arm runs slightly skewed to the left of the bike.

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A man of my own Heart 馃憤

I tweaked my rear end to be dead-square. With a HUGE UK (legal size) number-plate it's non-uniformity was clear to see and very nearly tipped me over the edge.

Now; how do i unsee this post and ignore the front - that up until now hadn't bothered me at all..........
This is assuming that the photo was actually taken dead square on in all planes
[oh god, i just looked in the mirror and one of my ears is lower than the other]

But seriously -- if you keep it leaned over all the time, nobody's really gonna notice.
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[oh god, i just looked in the mirror and one of my ears is lower than the other]

But seriously -- if you keep it leaned over all the time, nobody's really gonna notice.
Ha. Brilliant ! And so simple. Apart from the straight bits of course鈥.馃槑
If you really wanna expand on this...

has anybody ever noticed that the fuel filler cap, Gen2, is not mounted/oriented inline with the vehicle centerline?
Not even with a new replacement tank, speaking from personal experience of course.

But when i said "leaned over", I guess I forgot to also specify in motion.
I tried taking the pic the best way possible. Guys just try standing in front of your bike and take a good look at the the headlight alignment , let me know what you think :LOL: I鈥檓 just joking btw I only think about it when I clean it :whistle:
You cannot use the mirrors as reference. If you take them off and compare, the throttle mirror is much longer than the the other. Move your yellow lines in reference to the forks, and I bet everything is symmetric (except the mirrors, of course).
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If you take them off and compare
oh Yeah... good point. i'd completely forgotten about that.

[but i still haven't figured out what tuh doo about my ears]
If you want to align the headlight then disconnect it from the bike and see if it just needs to be repositioned or if the housing itself needs to be realigned. If the housing is misaligned then youll have to unscrew the housing brace from the back of the headlight assembly using a really flat 13mm wrench to realign it. I have a Park Tools thin wrench for my bicycle since I do alot of bicycle mechanic work so it came in very handy when taking apart this headlight assembly.

This is the wrench I have used to take apart the headlight......

I took my headlight apart because I wanted to put Lamin-X paint protection film on the entire surface underneath the metal brace so it maintains its 'new' appearance from debris. The typical headlight kits for this bike are just cutout pieces that go on the lens which show the cutout edges on the lens. I think thats a very cheap approach but that is for people not wanting to go the extra effort to make thinks look seamless. I am critical with this stuff and prefer to have as clean of a look as I can get.
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If the housing is misaligned then youll have to unscrew the housing brace from the back of the headlight assembly using a really flat 13mm wrench to realign it
thanks for the input mate, I really wish I had the patience to do that. I suspect there is some degree of misalignment in the housing itself; I tried loosening the top allen screw to move the headlight body around a bit but it really has zero wiggle room and when I tighten back it still looks slightly crooked. I wish there was someone that fixed it and made a dummy tutorial just to be sure to not break anything :ROFLMAO:
Trust me it is extremely easy to do. Just disconnect the light from the bike which is 3 screws in total being the top front screw and 2 side screws. From there you can disconnect the wiring connectors to take off the light from the bike. Now put it on a table resting on a cloth and start unscrewing the plastic pieces on the side which are 3 screws each. Now start unscrewing the rest of the light a screw at a time. Take photos. You will ultimately only get soo far because the metal support that goes around the light requires that thin wrench I linked. You can use any thin wrench.
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