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post #1 of 8 Old 08-28-2008, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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2008 KLR Bent down handlebars

I am admittedly new to motorcycles. I have a 2008 KLR and it was on a trailer recently. Looks like it was tied down improperly. The handlebars were bent down. I don't know much about what can/can't be done on bikes other than changing the oil. Is this something that can be adjusted or will I have to buy new handlebars?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-28-2008, 10:14 PM
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Check to see if they were bent or just rotated, first..
If they're bent, it's a perfect time to get a nice set of aluminum bars.. CR High Bend is my favorite handlebar bend..

I used to ride off road all the time.. I consider handlebars a consumable, and I alway have a spare set in the garage..

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-29-2008, 03:54 PM
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This is why I put the straps around the bar on the inside of the handlebar clamps. I see people all the time strapping to the outside handlebars and I'm always amazed they survive.

I think it's pretty damn stupid that motorcycles don't come with some kind of strap mounting locations built in to them from the factory. Especially dirt bikes that will constantly get trailed.

Sort of the equivalent of boats not having tie up points around the edges. Would be a lot more difficult to use bouys and tie up to docks.

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post #4 of 8 Old 08-29-2008, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, you were right... they were just rotated. I think I'm going to check out replacing the bars anyhow.

I have to admit I feel pretty stupid for doing this, but lesson learned at a very small price.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-29-2008, 08:26 PM
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There's a good reason for forums like this. It's to ask questions..

Be sure to tighten the front of the clamp first, and then the rear..

And don't over tighten, since stripped threads are much less fun than a new handlebar.

Welcome to the forum, and remember, we like pictures!!!
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-29-2008, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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In that case, here is a pic of the mistake... and of the new bike

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-29-2008, 08:58 PM
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Very nice!!

When I have to haul a bike, I typically use "soft straps".. I loop them around the forks, above the lower triple clamp, and then run the tie downs to them and then pull down on the front suspension.. Here's what soft straps look like.

http://www.tie-down-straps.com/motor...-hardware.html

It keeps the straps away from anything that could get scratched.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-29-2008, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the soft straps. Hopefully I won't be hauling it around too much (would rather be riding it), but I'll definitely pick some up for the few times I do.

I'm thinking about buying a moto-tote... I should probably search the forum for people that have used these and their opinions.
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