I should post the <almost> fix to this problem.
At this point, it appears there is NO problem.
I should have known better than to take it to a dealer. Took it there because I assumed they had factory spec sheets for frame measurement. Not sure if they do or not, but after getting the bike back, I looked closely at the front suspension design and decided it would have been virtually impossible for a fork to have bent. The cast aluminum section (slider) would normally crack before bending, and for the chrome inner tube (stanchion) to bend, the lower cantilever arm (trailing arm) would have to bend first. So I took 10,000 measurements myself with a borrowed autobody frame measuring jig and could not find anything out of whack. Worst I could find was from a caliper bolt to the hole in the end of each hand grip MIGHT have had 1/8" inch difference, but it's not a scientific measurement, so.....
The bike had a shimmy at about 45mph up to 60 or so, then it went away. That type of shimmy is indicative of a wheel balance issue.
I took the front wheel to the dealer after their diagnosis (I had picked the bike up with no work performed) and stood by the tech while he spun it on the balancer. It was out by .75 ounces on each side. That's a LOT of weight. So I told him to pull the old weights and re-balance the wheel, and I walked back to the showroom while he did it.
Put the wheel back on the bike and the shimmy was still there. Better or worse, I couldn't really tell. Maybe moved a small amount in the speed range. So then I start wondering if the kid re-spun the wheel after pulling the original weights off, or screwed up by just putting the .75 ounce weights on where they were required with the existing weights on, but having done so after removing the existing weights.
So off to a local bike shop (not the dealer) with the front wheel. They check spin it and it's 0.00 on both sides. But they have a different style of wheel balancer and it's easier to see the tyre on this one. And the tyre is hopping quite severely. It's a relatively new tyre, installed less than 2K of highway miles ago.
Ordered up a set of Avon Storm IIs and on they go. The front wheel requires almost no weights, and the bike rides super smooth. It does seem to drift to the right, but that could be the crown of the road, which is fairly severe in our area. Will find out once I get the bodywork finalized and take it out on the highway. In 3 weeks, assuming I sort out the audio system
, I'll be doing a 2100 mile ride to Scottsdale, AZ. That should show up some uneven tyre wear if there is truly a problem with the front end.
There you have it. Long story short, the dealer seems to have quoted me an entire front end because they couldn't find anything wrong and were just covering their a**.