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Old 04-16-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Question Airhead frame straightening?

...so I've had my wrecked (left turn incident, front end impact) original '77 RS frame hanging in the rafters for decades, and thinking about getting it straightened, a project I've had in the back of my mind for many moons. It's stripped of paint, I have the CA title in my name, but it is bent.

Any suggestions, experience, cost estimates, advice on this, what, where, how, I'm all ears

It's just a point to start from...

Frame Man?
Dr. John's? (he's closest but back in the day he totally fucked up the front-end of my /7, long story).
Anyone else?

so I'm all
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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It costs the equivalent to around $300 to straighten a frame in the UK so not worth the effort for an airhead frame.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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I had my r75/5 frame straightened after my mate took us off roading with the Watsonian attached on a corner...
Local firm have one of those fancy computer jigs attached and they have the specs on the frame loaded.
Cost was about $400 NZ.
Sure I could have got another frame.....but me and that frame go way back.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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you might give this guy a call. Sacramento, CA http://www.motorcycleframeman.com/
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:42 PM   #6
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Unless it's sentimentally significant, you can buy a titled frame for probably half the cost of having your frame straightened.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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There is the unknown element with a second hand frame tho'
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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...so I've had my wrecked (left turn incident, front end impact) original '77 RS frame hanging in the rafters for decades, and thinking about getting it straightened, a project I've had in the back of my mind for many moons. It's stripped of paint, I have the CA title in my name, but it is bent.
Can you post some pics. In other words how bad is it?

I'm sure I could do it if it's not completely destroyed. My only concern would be liability. If you have the engine would consider selling it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:13 AM   #9
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finding a good frame with a good title is tougher than it would appear
ask me how I know!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:14 AM   #10
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I know racers who have sent new bikes to him to have them straightened. His tolerances are closer than OEM. I've also seen frames and wheels that I thought were trash be fixed to better than new status.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:24 AM   #11
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When I rebuilt my /5 straight frames with titles were going for $400-$500 from Mark at RePsycle.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:42 AM   #12
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...so I've had my wrecked (left turn incident, front end impact) original '77 RS frame hanging in the rafters for decades, and thinking about getting it straightened, a project I've had in the back of my mind for many moons. It's stripped of paint, I have the CA title in my name, but it is bent.

Any suggestions, experience, cost estimates, advice on this, what, where, how, I'm all ears

It's just a point to start from...

Frame Man?
Dr. John's? (he's closest but back in the day he totally fucked up the front-end of my /7, long story).
Anyone else?

so I'm all
You could call BMW in Germany and have them sell you a new one with the old number stamped on it. Did that once some ten years ago. Thankfully I've forgotten how much it was..
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:23 AM   #13
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Can you post some pics. In other words how bad is it?

I'm sure I could do it if it's not completely destroyed. My only concern would be liability. If you have the engine would consider selling it.
PM'd ya Jim.
No I don't have he motor, wish I did...
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:52 AM   #14
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Walt's done about a dozen frames for me over the years and they always come back laser straight. Only had one that was too far gone.

Frameman...they'll tell you immediately if the frame can be salvaged or not
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:05 AM   #15
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Would any of those guys weld in frame braces also? Manuel at SWT has HPN-style frame braces for $120. My frame might bent too. It'd be nice to go to a one-stop shop.
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