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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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How to check if frame is bent?

What is the best method for determining if the frame is bent? Also, how many of you would ride a bike that you wrecked again?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 03:21 PM
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I'm riding a bike I've wrecked twice. Got hit by a preggers chick once and low-sided at the track once. Long as everything is straight and strong it's all good.

Can't really give you much help in checking if a frame is straight as I wouldn't really know where to start...

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Just look at it? I would suspect a tweaked frame would make the whole entire bike look a little fuggered up and feel weird.

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The best, most expensive way- have a frame expert check it and straighten whatever is needed. Racers often spend the extra cash to try to be as fast as possible after a crash.

The most common way- ride it with no hands to see if it rolls straight on a flat road, see if it feels like it corners normally for both left and right turns, check the tire wear- it is normal for the left side of the front tire to wear faster for countries where you drive on the right side of the road, because the center of the road is usually higher for rainwater runoff. Check to see if the chain sprockets are wearing the same amount on both sides.

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what bike? Like Jeff said, there are frame specialist like G.M.D. Computrack - HOME. I have wrecked and still ride it - depends on the wreck and the the bike.

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how hard was the wreck? did you drop it and crack the plastics or slide it down the road at 100mph??
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how hard was the wreck? did you drop it and crack the plastics or slide it down the road at 100mph??
The bike is a 07 zzr600, and the wreck was a highside at around 35mph.
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Try this. It will be fairly accurate.
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Will a dent in the frame be a problem?



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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 04:33 PM
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Insurance would total it based on the frame dent alone
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