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Bent DR frame?
« on: April 22, 2015, 12:16:48 pm »
Hi guys,

My local Suzuki dealer says my frame is bent after my accident (see pic), what do you guys think?



Got a quote from them saying it's not economical to repair.

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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2015, 03:49:42 pm »
Measure from the head to the swing arm bolt on both size and check the difference.  If it was my bike that was written off like that and there was no noticeable difference, I wouldn't bother replacing.  Just remove the paint and make sure there is no crack.  I assume this was an insurance quote?
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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2015, 09:27:05 am »
Difficult to say from the photo but I would say this does not look good.
Easiest check is support bike with wheels off the ground and measure the distance centre to centre from the  front to the rear axle. Then compare with a known good one. The values as far as I can remember are 1525mm wheel base for the high suspension setting and 1515mm wheel base for the low setting. (I can check)

What is the age and mileage of the bike? You are probably looking at repair cost of R25,000 for frame (very expensive), head bearings and labour plus whatever else you need. I assume your forks and triple clamps aren't so lekker any more either :-\

Straightening the frame will be difficult since your lower steering head bearing seat is most likely oval already and it won't get better from treating it with a dozer :-\
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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2015, 09:41:30 am »
Thanks for the input.

LeCap, the bike is a 2008 model and has 54000km on the clock.

The forks snapped at the base where the wheel attaches and about midway up the other fork, triple clamp doesn't look too bad, but I'm not sure what to look for.


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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 08:52:04 am »
Thanks for the input.

LeCap, the bike is a 2008 model and has 54000km on the clock.

The forks snapped at the base where the wheel attaches and about midway up the other fork, triple clamp doesn't look too bad, but I'm not sure what to look for.


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I'd be very surprised if the triple clamps are straight. The upper one should be repairable though. The lower one might still be.

Sounds to me like a used engine becoming available? Or you looking for a rolling chassis?
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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2015, 05:40:22 pm »
Dale. Do you consider repairing the bike?


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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2015, 05:45:50 pm »
Henk, probably not if the frame is bent, but still waiting for a quote from Dirt Style Suzuki.


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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2015, 05:48:34 pm »
Henk, probably not if the frame is bent, but still waiting for a quote from Dirt Style Suzuki.


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Thanks Dale! We'll keep in touch!

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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2015, 06:25:57 pm »
Healing well thanks, on crutches now, arm bandages are removed and only have wrist support braces now. :-)


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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2015, 06:28:40 pm »
Have you decided on a price yet? 
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Re: Bent DR frame?
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2015, 06:48:07 pm »
Healing well thanks, on crutches now, arm bandages are removed and only have wrist support braces now. :-)


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