Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Carolina, US
Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks
Just because the bike only has 1600 miles and didn't appear to have any damage doesn't mean it wasn't in some kind of bump up.
Being new enough and with such low mileage it's entire possible something happened (dropped, hit something) and it was damaged... and some shop took some insurance money to "fix" it.
But they may have not done it correctly.
I'm just taking a guess with that theory though.
You know something is off a little bit somewhere, the clamp bolts were loose, but you noticed no obvious damage...
And when you say loose... couldn't have been too loose I wouldn't think, otherwise the forks would've slid up.
Like FOG said, pull your upper and lower bridges out, clap the steering stem in a vise, slide the forks in, place the upper bridge on, rock the forks while slowly snugging everything up.... then see what you've got.