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Old 12-06-2006   #1
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Wrecked Bike Q&A

I'm considering buying a wrecked bike, out of state, for the spares and misc chrome bling bling parts that it has on it. It appears to have been in a front end collision, as the forks are bent inward, both sides of the bike are tore up. It has a clean title and is advertised as rebuildable, but I have no desire to rebuild it. I want it for the parts.

My question is this....

Is it possible for a bike to be in this sort of crash without any damage to the rims (particularly the front)?

The owner tells me that the rims are undamaged, but I just have a hard time accepting this. I mean, I've bent/warped rims before, simply by hitting objects/potholes in the road. Seems to me that a front end collision would surely mess something up with a front rim.
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Old 12-06-2006   #2
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Re: Wrecked Bike Q&A

It's possibly but unlikely. It may not look bent but will show up at speed.
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Re: Wrecked Bike Q&A

I would be leary about reusing cast aluminum parts from a wrecked bike, though I know its done all the time. A low side is one thing but a bike in a head-on has had a hard hit.

I would be concerned about cracks that you cannot see by eye in castings. There are testing companies who could check for them but its probably to expensive to be practical.
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Re: Wrecked Bike Q&A

I've had other people (not the seller) tell me that the front forks "fold" and absorb the shock. The rims are chrome, and show no visible signs of damage. If chrome is flexed, even just a little bit, doesn't it crack and flake?

I'm still quite leary....
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Re: Wrecked Bike Q&A

Chroming aluminum is a sin in the book of John. Kind of like painting a piece of solid walnut furniture.

Yes I would think that the chrome would flake. A thing about metals is that they are somewhere on a continum between brittle and maleable. Brittle would be the concern here since a failure can more sudden. As opposed to a more maleable aluminum wheel which would get bent more easily instead of cracking.
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Re: Wrecked Bike Q&A

If you do get the rim and if there arent any visable scratches i'd take the rim to Cliff Jacobs wheel repair http://www.cjwheelrepair.com/ I took a bent front GSXR rim there it cost me $95 to have 7 different bends taken out. He got it to +/- .01 inches! If he cant straighten it, its no cost. He's a great guy!
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