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Old 09-08-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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Ok so I just got home and still shaking a bit. I was cruising on my way home from work just now doing 60mph. Out of nowhere there is a HUGE piece of wood, maybe a 4X4 or so that is about 6 to 7 feel long across my lane of travel. I tried to swerve past it but caught just the side of it. The bike got a little wobbly but I got it back and immediately pulled over to the shoulder. I checked the tires and the underside of the bike and found nothing wrong. Well I started riding again and noticed that the bike shimmied side to side a little but nothing serious. I made a few stops to check the tires but they looked fine. I slowed to make the turn towards my house and noticed that the shimmy was worse at slower speeds. I limped her home and put her up on the stands. Much to my dismay I noticed that there is a decent size dent in the rim. My question is can this be fixed? The tire is maintaining pressure like a champ. What are my options without replacing the rim?

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Old 09-08-2008, 10:21 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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WOW, Id replace the rim just to be safe....
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #4
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prime example of how fragile suzukis are...

lol good thing your okay, but like hookem said i'd replace the rim...just to be sure
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:44 PM   #5
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:52 PM   #6
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:55 PM   #7
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i thought in MSF we run over wood?
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:02 PM   #9
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There are places that will fix it, i'd give a couple shops a call (Motorcycles Unlimited) and others and get some opinions. If it was me I would replace it. Glad your alright
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:19 PM   #10
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i thought in MSF we run over wood?
We do... just not at 60mph. And I don't think it was a 4x4 post either.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:21 PM   #11
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replace it, how expensive could a katana rim be? i'd say shipping will cost you more then it =p
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We do... just not at 60mph. And I don't think it was a 4x4 post either.
Wrd, MSF was a 2x4 not a 4x4. Good thing its only the rim thats damaged.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:25 PM   #13
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thats not too bad, i blew up 2 wheels on my car hitting a 4x4 in the middle of the road on 45 out in the middle of nowhere, maybe 40 miles south of Corsicana on a Sunday at 1am....

anyway i bet it can be straightened and rebalanced. there was a place in spring that repaired a car wheel for me that was pretty good they can probably do bike wheels as well.

or you can take a dead blow hammer and try and pound it back some! no guarantees either way
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:26 PM   #14
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Glad you're ok man.

Do as others suggest. Replace it unless someone else knows for sure it can be fixed.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:11 AM   #15
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Yea new rim is the consensus. Now the long and painful part of looking for one and waiting to get it... sucks so bad.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:21 AM   #16
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i'd replace wouldnt take the chance glad your alright man
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whatever you do decide to do, and this is just a suggestion.

a1 wheel straightening out of spring does an EXCELLENT job.

i had a set of rare honda wheels that i needed to get all redone and they worked on them meticulously and kept the fact that they meant a lot to me in mind.
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scary stuff ! I would go back get that 4x4 find the owner and beat him silly with it. glad you maintained ur ground and took control of the situation A+ to you
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