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post #1 of 5 Old 10-01-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bent handlebar?

So I'm still learning how to drive a bike and tipped my bike over the other night doing about 5 mph. Left grip seems to be a little behind the right one now. Can the handlebar bend that easily, or did it maybe spin at the nut on top of the fork?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-01-2011, 10:24 PM
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If your still using stock handlebars, yeah, they bend that easy.

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My KLR was knocked over in prairie grass and soft soil at a complete stop (my lab ran into the side of the leading edge of the front wheel as I was locking up the breaks trying to stop and not kill her) the side radiator fairing landed on the dog (bending the mount and breaking the fairing), I had hold of the handlebar and my right leg on the ground and still bent the bar. The dog crapped herself, but was unharmed after the bike was lifted off her. I hosed off the dog, straightened the mount and replaced the bar and fairing. Their not the world's best bars.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-02-2011, 02:17 PM
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You may have bent the bars, but there's also a chance that you tweeked the fork tubes in the clamps..

Support the bike and loosen the clamps.. Run your bars to the stops kinda hard a couple times, in both directions, and then see if it's still off.. If it's straight, tighten up your clamps (to specified torque) and go ride..

Don't quote me, but I think the clamp torque spec is either 14 or 17 ft lbs.. And you'll need to go back and forth a few times, as when you tighten one, the other gets a bit looser..
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