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  • How to recognize bents on chassis?

    Hi all,

    I wanted to buy a motorcycle thats got a minor crash. I think it may have been dropped. I want to learn how to pick up on and bends the chassis. Because i wouldn't want to buy it if it's that damaged.

    Any hints would be great

    Thanks

  • #2
    if its a hyo it will have a "factory" dent on the frame you wont have to worry about bahhaha (insert more hyo bashing here)

    apart from that you should be able to look at a lot of it but hairline cracks you may not even be able to see
    Originally posted by Lefty
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    • #3
      if its been dropped you will be able to see if the engine cases and fairings have been repaired. If its been crashed proper, you just have to sit on it and see if the forks line up with the wheels and that the lines of the bike are straight. things like the seat sits properly and the exhaust fits in its bracket properly, etc.
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      • #4
        Easiest way I've been told is to get on a straight flat bit of road, and let go of the bars. If it steers straight, then try some increasingly heavy braking and make sure it travels straight then too.

        If it checks out, then the frame/forks are probably not bent.

        Obviously not foolproof, but can be a good indicator.
        Originally posted by Dragunov-21
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        • #5
          What bike is it?

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone, you've been very helpful. It's a gt250r by the way.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dragunov-21 View Post
              Easiest way I've been told is to get on a straight flat bit of road, and let go of the bars.
              If it steers straight thats good.
              If you find yourself in a ditch, it may be bent.
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              • #8
                Do a search for "string lining a motorcycle". Generally a bit of a slide won't bend anything a sudden stop with a immovable object will.
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                • #9
                  why not have it assessed by a mechanic or someone who knows what they are on about?
                  Originally posted by polonY
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Acumen View Post
                    Thanks everyone, you've been very helpful. It's a gt250r by the way.
                    The gt250r came with a bent in the frame. BTW if a frame is actualy bent in an accident the bike becomes a write off and shouldn't be attempted to be fixed.

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                    • #11
                      run it through a puddle then on a dry patch if the wheel lines don't match it's bent

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