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Riser top clamp cracked?

I just noticed that the top clamp on the riser of my bike has a hairline crack:


Has anyone else had an issue like this? I'll be taking it to the local dealer to get a warranty claim going tomorrow...
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Non structural, it can still be used, if you wanted to. Most likely cause of this is uneven tightening/torquing.
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Non structural, it can still be used, if you wanted to. Most likely cause of this is uneven tightening/torquing.
Oh yeah for sure, definitely can (and will) still use it. Just thought it was strange.
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I think it IS structural. In a HARD stop you MIGHT have your handle-bars 'rotate', which is NOT good....

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I would not call that a hairline crack. I would say it's total breakdown of molecular cohesion - broken. Nothin' a piece of beer can under a few wraps of duct tape won't cure.

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It looks like is totally separated.... brrrrrrrrrr
casting problem??
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I think it IS structural. In a HARD stop you MIGHT have your handle-bars 'rotate', which is NOT good....
It isn't. Most clamps are not a solo piece, but rather two pieces. The clamping mass between the bolts at top to bottom of each side is all that is important.

It isn't a hairline crack, but rather a brake~
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It looks like is totally separated.... brrrrrrrrrr
casting problem??
warranty.
That's an extreme close up, it's barely noticeable with my eyes. I couldn't ride today due to rain, but it's going to the dealership (hopefully) tomorrow.
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Don't ride your bike until it is fixed if you have a self preservation instinct. It is a complete break in the casting probably due to a flaw in the manufacturing process.
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It's fine to ride with that break... They should replace it on warranty.
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Well, I went into the dealership today and told them about it. They are ordering the part in and will contact me when it gets here. I mentioned it's a warranty claim, but they didn't seem to take down any information other than my name and phone number, I hope they don't try to charge me for it.
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