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Old 03-16-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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BENT RIM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Comments please....

First nice day this year since the salt's been rained off & I find this after my first 2 mile ride of the season.

No memory of hitting anything hard.
No memory of rolling over anything hard @ 'just the right angle'.
Bike was on sidestand since November 08.
Tire pressure 32 PSI, after I found the dent.
The white marks on the tire are also in other areas & appear to be from rolling it over granite trim between the drive & patio (granite is flush with both).

Of all the following, which is the most plausible:
- whacked a curb or similar hard without realizing it
- hit something in road without realizing how hard I hit it
- rolled bike over sharp edge of something with most of the weight of bike & rider on the rim
- developed over long frozen storage (to -5F a few times)
- garage gremlins

When I was in college I straightened a bent aluminum rim (so bad that the tire immediately lost pressure) on my VW GTI because I had;
- no $
- no alternative
- too little education to know it was a bad idea
- there were 3 other wheels to keep me upright in the event of catastrophic failure
- repair ultimately lasted until I sold the car a few years and 10-20K miles later, without having to re-pressurize the tire regularly.

If I were stranded away from home, I'd give it a try & keep going, just slower and more cautiously. For all I know, this has been this way for a while, although I would thing that I would have caught it during a routine inspection. The fact that it still has pressure seems like a good sign, and whacking it back into shape with a lead hammer shouldn't impart any cracks, but my more aged judgement tells me it's not the preferred alternative.

Have any of you had any experience with similar circumstances?
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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Bent Rim

Darly, I know how you feel. I had the same thing happen to my front and rear rims just before the Yukon Crossing at one of the famous "pavement breaks". I entered the gravel ok, but the lip from gravel to tarmac was brutal. I whacked it very hard on my '00 RT, loaded , two up, on the way to the bay. I made it to the Circle and the construction, calcium cloride and the two rims dings was enough for me to head back to Fairbanks.

I used a "deadblow" 3 pound hammer and carefully beat the rim back as close to original as possible. I was lucky , did not lose any air, did not hop,wobble, bounce or wear the tire in any abnormal manner. Rode all the way back to CO. I was very lucky. Well, within 200 miles of home, that blow to the rear was the cause of the FD puking gear oil all over the rear. Another story.

Woodie Wheels in Golden , CO is where my wheels are going to be fixed properly.

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Old 03-16-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Quoted from a motorcycle tire document, "One of the only things keeping you from a really bad day when you are riding are your motorcycle's tires and the air in them."

Personally, I would not ride another mile on that rim unless I was stranded. Get it off and take it/send-it to a good wheel shop -- like these guys

I've heard/read all sorts of "ah hell, I ridden thousands of miles on a bent rim" stories. I look at it this way...Dale Earnhardt had shunned the use of the U-shaped HANS device -- for Head And Neck Support -- that would've saved his life. This is still debated, but I think it gets the point across.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:05 PM   #4
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It's done.

Lesson learned

Check your tire pressure every day.

Your 10lbs light.

Woody might be able to save it, That's between you and him.

Self repair? Not a trusted chance.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:46 PM   #5
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Well you hit something, see the divot left under the letter C:

However, as pointed out what is done is done, and better to have a few dents in your wheels than being afraid to ride because you might scratch some paint.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:28 AM   #6
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This is easily repairable.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:13 AM   #7
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You should fill out your profile so that others can recommend a wheel repair place nearby.

Or just ship it to Woody's. They do great work.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:38 AM   #8
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I've straightened simialr damage using a hydraulic press, but that was a spoked wheel, hence no danger of air loss due to the inner tube. If you're worried about riding on that rim, why not just stick a tube in it until you can have it repaired?
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:53 AM   #9
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go to any body shop wich deal with Keystone Auto Pars,they may send it out for repair for you. My shop send wheels to repair all the time(car rims) but from time to time i drop bike wheel for repair.Cost of the repair range from $90-150 with new finish and turn around time is with in 2-4 days.i hope this help,y2k.

Ps.fill in your profile so people can get to know you and where you from.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:23 AM   #10
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This guy fixed three wheels for my Guzzi.
All three of mine looked about like yours.
I highly recomend his service:
Dave Moore Wheel Service
(760) 240-3543
9383 Buena Vista Street
Apple Vally, Calf. 92308
I damaged all three of my wheel on major highways not back roads.
I knew it when it happened though.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:38 AM   #11
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Yep, as others said, it's a very easy fix - but at a shop using a purpose-built hydraulic roller machine, not pounding on it with a hammer. As an added benefit, it will generally come back straighter than the OEM runout.

I used MCWheel years ago with great results, but a few months ago found a place in Greenville, SC via the WERA board which does them for HALF the cost ($60 for a minor bend vs. $100~150). Return shipping was $10, and they had it back to me within about 3~4 days. It's a bit sketchy getting him by phone ( think it's a side gig), but his wife answered e-mails fairly promptly. Big for the overall service & value.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:08 AM   #12
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Send it to Woody's. They are frequent contributors to Adventure Rider and deserve to get your business for all the free advice they offer here.

And besides, they do a good job.

I am taking the advice of all those people that told me, "Hey kid, why don't you go play in traffic!"
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #13
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When I lived in Maryland I was able to find a local place (half an hour a way or so) and it cost me about $150. Any wheel shop that straightens alloy wheels for cars ought to be able to do it. Just look in the yellow pages, call the place up, and ask if they have experience with alloy MC wheels.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:49 AM   #14
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Now I know this isn't going to go over too well....... but some poor folks I know have riden much worse at regular high speeds and nothing bad happened........

if you can afford it get it repaired.

Even better buy a spare set of rims with rotors, that way you can keep different rubber for different purposes and or for the odd random flat.

Check with woodys, I think they have some BMW rims... even a pair in black.....
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:33 PM   #15
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When I was in Woody's shop I've seen bent rims way worse than this one. He'll easily be able to fix it,
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