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Old 11-26-2012, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My buddy just got in a wreck, swerved around one car just to hit another at about 20 mph.. tore the fron fairings off the bike.

I know I can take it to a shop to determine if the forks or frame is bend but before we go spend the money is there anyway for me to check.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do they look bent?

Generally... you'll have to remove and dissasemble them to properly check.

If the front wheel didn't hit anything you're probably okay though.
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they look straight and seem to properly function. Well i guess ill have to wait and see until it gets back on the street and see how it rides i guess.
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usually if they are bent, the fork seals will leak.
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usually if they are bent, the fork seals will leak.
Not true.. I recently had a big crash in August, 120mph crash and the bike kartwheeled, forks were 80,000'ths out of round on one leg & 57,000'ths on the other. That's BENT.. How they didn't snap I don't know. But they didn't leak and still compressed.


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Not true.. I recently had a big crash in August, 120mph crash and the bike kartwheeled, forks were 80,000'ths out of round on one leg & 57,000'ths on the other. That's BENT.. How they didn't snap I don't know. But they didn't leak and still compressed.


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You could always pull them off and put a metal straight edge to them for an idea if they are tweaked or bent, especially at the triples.

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good idea never thought about putting a straight edge on them.
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easy way I've found from a friend that's a bike mechanic,

take the forks off the bike, put the caliper mount end of the fork in a vice with the fork laying horizontally. Now rotate/spin the fork, if you see the end moving up and down then your forks are bent, if you rotate it and get no movement up and down then you're good.

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