Wrecked 05 WR450, need repair advice


4 replies to this topic
  • Jah WR

Posted July 27, 2005 - 05:59 PM

#1

Well, at least I made it through 3 weeks with the new bike before I looped it out :eek: . After lamenting the broken rear fender and bent muffler, I got her restarted and rode away only to notice that the handle bars required that I turn to the right to get the bike to track straight. Initially, I though the handle bars were bent but I noticed the upper triple clamp was turned slightly to the right as well. Cant really tell with the lower fork clamp. I put it up on the stand and there is a definite twist somewhere. The forks seem to work fine with no binding. I'm surprised because I didn't think it hit that hard on the right side.

How do I fix this? Perhaps, loosen all fork clamps and try to twist the front wheel back straight? Is it likely more involved than that? :applause:

Thanks

  • ddialogue

Posted July 27, 2005 - 06:03 PM

#2

Perhaps, loosen all fork clamps and try to twist the front wheel back straight?


That's the first thing I would attempt...

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  • drewpeacock

Posted July 27, 2005 - 06:08 PM

#3

:applause: sell it fast! How much? :eek: I'd bet if you loosen it up it'll straighten back out. Let us know. BTW Welcome.
Brock

  • Jah WR

Posted July 28, 2005 - 05:41 PM

#4

Thanks, loosened fork clamps and axle clamps and got everything to move back in line. I just wasn't sure if this was a common occurance as I haven't ridden in 20+ years.

  • Johnny34

Posted July 28, 2005 - 07:19 PM

#5

Thanks, loosened fork clamps and axle clamps and got everything to move back in line. I just wasn't sure if this was a common occurance as I haven't ridden in 20+ years.

I had virtually the same thing happen to me after I launched of the side of a hill. I thought I bent the forks or twisted the upper and lower triple clamps. Turns out the bolts were not as tight as they should be, (or loosened during the break-in) and the front just twisted slightly out of alignment.

I spoke to a mechanic about this and was told I'd have to crash REALLY hard to bend the forks. For a couple of days, I was sweating bullets.




 
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