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Old 09-28-2009, 12:22 AM   #1
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Wreck question

So you wreck your bike,

How do you know if your frame is straight/ worth rebuilding.

Do you eyeball it & hope for the best?
Take it to a mechanic so they can eyeball it too & then hope for the best?

I know there was a computrack in Dallas a few years back, but I'm wondering what riders have done since it closed.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:39 AM   #2
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i think patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited will look at it for you.
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My best guess is to find a few key reference points on each side of the frame and compare their measurements relative to other parts on the bike.

Not sure how else you could determine if it was bent.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:56 AM   #4
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Yeah I know Patrick could tell me if there is an obvious bend, but what if its just a few degrees off. Just enough to cause a nasty headshake at 140 or something.

From what I've read the only bend that is obvious is when the front wheel gets pushed backwards. Bends that can't be seen by the naked eye can be twists in the neck or worse 3d bends in multiple directions.......
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If it dosnt wobble at 160, don't worry about it. I had an R6 that wobbled at 140, never effected me around town.
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I disagree. First there's several systems on the market for frame measurement. Computrac is just the most known / infamous.

When we take in a bike that has received a pretty good hit we take measurements at multiple points to verify integrity. If it's not straight we recommend replacing it.

Older frames could be tweaked ala Computrac, but a lot of todays frames that use extrusion casting technology don't like being retweaked.

To the op; is this your personal bike you're having an issue with or one you've repaired?
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:31 AM   #8
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Beth t-boned a car 6 mos ago. Her forks were jacked but the frame "looks" straight.
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So I'm confused, is this your old racebike Adam or a different bike?
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:50 AM   #13
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Those bikes were pretty stout n the steering neck area.
Pull the lower triples and see if they're straight.
Are you having any specific issues or just wanting to be sure before you reassemble it?

I know you're in Tyler so bringing it down for me to see is problematic, give me a shout tomorrow when we reopen and I'll go over what to check.
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