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I’m about 1500 miles from home on day 3 of a three week trip and this happened.

Hit a deep pothole at about 35mph. Tire still holds air and had to ride about 55 miles back to my home base for the trip. Didn’t have any issues. That being said I don’t feel comfortable riding like this.

can it be bent back or is it now scrap?

Any other bikes use the same rim as the 09 versys 650? I called a local motorcycle salvage yard and they didn’t have any rims for the gen 1 Versys.

Tire Wheel Automotive tire Light Tread
 

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Check for 09, etc. Ninja 650 rims. They might be identical to yours.
I had the same problem with my 2015 Versys 650. A Ninja 650 rim was identical to my Versys rim.
Good luck!
 

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I have, many years ago, straightened alloy car rims with a 10 ton hydraulic press. I slowly applied pressure until the bent section was slightly past straight. When the pressure was released, the rim was very close to straight and true. The paint wasn’t even damaged.

Do NOT try to hammer the rim! It will be damaged beyond repair by the impacts. Slow and steady pressure is required with aluminum alloy.

It might be worth contacting a local repair shop as I’m sure they have better methods these days.
 

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Luckily there’s a few motorcycle repair shops in Denver that specialize in motorcycle rim repair.
I hope it’s fixable as it’s gonna be very difficult for me to pony up $1500+ for a new set of rims for a bike this old.
 

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ok I found a place that can fix it, or at least I think they can. They don’t open until tomorrow but it’s a shop that specializes in repairing damaged motorcycle wheels.

I’m having a little trouble trying to get both ends of the bike in the air to pull both wheels and do the whole job at once. The shop is about an hour each way from my location.

anyone have opinions on the rear? Is this something that can live as is?
 

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My suggestion is to do the worst rim first, then do the second when you're pleased w/ the repair.

Good luck.
 

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...anyone have opinions on the rear?
whack it a couple times with a BF plastic dead blow, forget about it.

i would have given the same treatment to the front, kept on riding, then replaced it with a used wheel when i got home. been there, and field repairs to bent rims on both cast and spoke wheels are not in any way uncommon while on a trip. read the trip reports, stuff happens, fix it, ride on.
 

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I feel your pain. The same thing happened to me this spring. Luckily I was about 20 miles from home and the tires held pressure. If your tires are holding pressure, maybe you could ride to the shop have them help you get them off the bike. Just ride slowly and sanely.
No one in my area would repair motorcycle rims—apparently for liability concerns. I found used wheels on EBay. Both came off earlier year Ninjas. The rear was easy to find and cheap ($85). The front took longer to find and was more expensive ($125).
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I have a 2016 V650, when mine was around a year old with 10k kms on it I got a dent in the rear rim similar to your front and was thinking all the same things you are.
Today at 45k kms I haven't done a thing about it and don't intend to...
 
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