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Sadly, riding home in the rain tonight, just past dark, cresting a hill and saw something in my path. Only had time to brace for impact - and hope it was a soft item. Looked like an empty paper lunch bag. Nope. It was a rock or slab of cement maybe, just laying in the road. Pretty solid impact on the front tire, had a little wheelie action but managed to keep upright. Was going about 50 km/hr.

Only a few blocks from home, I carried on and then saw the damage. This is the left side. The right side has a slight bend, hardly visible, but you can feel the wobble if you run your hand along the bead.

So, my first thought is REPLACEMENT. Any one have thoughts or experience with REPAIR to this sort of damage?


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DallasDon had one repaired recently.

Heres one on ebay..http://www.ebay.com/itm/07-Up-Kawasa...ht_2693wt_1165

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You can check with these guys to see if they can repair it:

http://www.londonwheelrepair.com/
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I believe a decent wheel shop should be able to straighten that.
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Thanks for the info guys. Invader, I checked with that shop, looks like a good spot, but they don't do MC wheels. So far, I have not found a shop here that does.

I went back today and found the evil rock that caused the damage. Big, heavy, flat, didn't give way much when I hit it as evidenced by my bent rim. Really glad I didn't dump it.

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Damn, that's a big boulder. Have you phone around MC shops to ask if they know somebody?
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Yep, only advice they offer is generic, "Try to find a machine shop that'll do it" Not much help there.

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London, Ontario

-Straightening

Have some bent parts on your bike? We can help. Before going out and spending money on replacements, bring them into Maximum Cycle. We straighten rims, forks and brake disks, as well as many other things you have on your bike.

Rim Straightening

Price: $210.00 flat rate per rim. This is for a bare rim. (no tire or rotors on the rim)

http://www.maximumcycle.ca/18.html

You may as well get new better tires while you're at it. Your front tire is likely damaged too.
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Thanks Invader. I've been to Maximum Cycle before, its a good small shop. I'll try there.

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$210 to straighten a wheel seems expensive. What would the cost be to just replace the rim? Another option would be to look for a salvage one.
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New rim: retail at the dealer for $545, wait for their Winter Bike show sale and get it for about $408.

One on Ebay for 425 (plus shipping)

Salvage, possible, there is one salvage shop in my town and a friend goes there ofen, but the prices are too high IMO. If they had one, I'd bet they'd be asking $350 at least.

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What I've seen done is to take a piece of hardwood curved pretty much like your rim should be, held against the bent part, then SMACKED with a 2 pound hammer. Several whacks should get it close to where you want it, or replace the rim.

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Similar circumstance with me...hit a softball-size rock going about 40 mph....

I thought about making an insurance claim, but my deductible is $500, so I didn't see the point....

Here's my "before" and "after."

Me and my buddy, who has an auto/motorcycle repair shop, did "the work." After calling around to a couple of people we know that have a lot of experience with motorcycle repair, our biggest fear was the rim cracking as we straightened it out. They recommended heating it up to help with that. So I busted out the heat gun (industrial hair-dryer) and ran it over the area for about 15 minutes. Then we took it over to some sort of press he has in his shop (I can take a pic if it would help) and he pressed it "straight," all the while I was keeping the heat gun on it. It's by no means perfect, but the rim has no cracks and it performs as new--besides, chicks dig scars!
I notice absolutely no difference while riding the bike and it's been over 10,000 miles since the repair.


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I bent mine a couple years ago leaving work at midnight I drove through a poorly marked ditch dug by our local maintenance crew. It was bent about half as bad as ATYC's rim.

I took it here... http://www.mcwheel.com/. I live close by so I brought the rim myself. They were able to straighten it to within .35mm (I saw the dial indicator 1st hand). They have a home made press and heated the rim before bending.

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I've bent my rims four times so far. Each time I used a peice of hard wood and a hammer. You can still see a little evedence if you look hard enough, but I cannot feel it when riding the bike. I didn't use any heat.
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here's where I had my wheel repaired and they did a 24 hour turnaround. Reasonable price. About $175.00. The re-powder coated the wheel and it looks brand new. From their website they don't mention repairing motorcycle wheels but it's a good part of their business. Go figure. It' sure beats $500.00 plus for a new wheel.

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here's where I had my wheel repaired and they did a 24 hour turnaround. Reasonable price. About $175.00. The re-powder coated the wheel and it looks brand new. From their website they don't mention repairing motorcycle wheels but it's a good part of their business. Go figure. It' sure beats $500.00 plus for a new wheel.

www.mywheelrepair.com

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http://www.mywheelrepair.com/wheel-repair.html

"MOTORCYCLE WHEELS

Wheel Repair Process

We use our own technology, which uses hydraulic pressure, heat, customized tools and metallurgical skill to straighten aluminum alloy to factory specifications. This process can be considered to be both an art and a science because it requires a lot of hours of training before a person dealing with wheel straightening is qualified enough to work on customer rims.

While custom wheel rebuilding is limited mostly to steel wheels, we can straighten forged, spun, cast or billet alloy wheels. Even though some wheels may seem to be too mangled to be straightened."
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Sent you a PM about a new one available in canada. you can bid on it or buy now price is $175.00

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weljo - You ROCK!!! No pun intended. GREAT find, I saw it and bought it.

Thanks to all who chipped in with info and advice, I really appreciated the help. weljo linked me to one on ebay that I scooped up from a Canadian seller. Brand new and saved over $400 off the retail price!!!!

Too late for this year, season is over, but I'll be rolling in the Spring without delay.

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