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Old 02-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Bent GSA tank guard

The GSA took a little dirt nap the other day. It was really a pretty benign drop at <5mph. I picked the bike up and went on my way and all was good. I got home and was checking out the bike and noticed that the tank guard (upper guard with the little "ears" on the GSA) is bent toward the right by over half an inch. The gap between the "ears" and the tank is visibly different on the two sides, and the little brackets under the beak are both bent to the right. I have a few questions:

1) has anyone here bent their bars back into alignment successfully? If so, how? I'm guessing that trying this on the bike is not recommended? Let me head off the smart-ass answers by saying that I'm not interested in dropping the bike on the right side

2) does anyone make a replacement bar for the GSA that doesn't deform so easily? I see lots of crash bars for the GS, but nothing really for the GSA?

3) Should I even bother replacing it? I don't necessarily mind it looking a little scratched up and out of alignment (it's not really that noticeable without careful inspection) but I don't want to trash my tank in the event of another left-side drop if it's already been weakened.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:53 PM   #2
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Get you some crash bar bags from TT, they go right over the tank bars and you will never notice.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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It's not damaged. It's "Adventurized"
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:19 AM   #4
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Yes, Altrider makes a replacement. Not sure if its any beefier than OEM, but at over $700 I imagine it should be.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:21 AM   #5
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That would be character.

Kind of like having your exhaust all brown and blue.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:57 AM   #6
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If it didn't bend, it would have broken. It can be pulled out while on bike. The bar did it's job.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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Bent GSA tank guard

I've done it. You can't tell the bike has been "adventurized". Get a pipe or a 2x4 several feet long to create "leverage device", use some secure straps around your leverage device and the crash bar, have a helper secure the bike and start pulling until the bars are equal distance from the tank. Very easy . Beats the cost of new at somewhere around $500.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
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There are no upper tank guards that I'm aware of for the GSA other than OEM. You can live with it or, take off the tank and put a crow bar on the loop and bend back accordingly. That is what I did with my recently totaled bike that has a thread here. It is amazing what elbow grease can do.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #9
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It's not damaged. It's "Adventurized"
+1..worry not, keep riding.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:52 PM   #10
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There are no upper tank guards that I'm aware of for the GSA other than OEM. You can live with it or, take off the tank and put a crow bar on the loop and bend back accordingly. That is what I did with my recently totaled bike that has a thread here. It is amazing what elbow grease can do.
There is. Altrider makes them as I mentioned.
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