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post #1 of 7 Old 10-24-2006, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dumped the bike

Klucking bell! Dumped/crashed my KLR this morning.... in the dam underground parking garage at work :as0005 Was going into a 90 degree right hand turn around a corner that I couldn't see around at about 10kph (might have been 20 but dont' think so) and as I come around it I see a car heading at me on my side of the ramp and another parked on the other side of the ramp so no place to go. Hit the brakes and the front wheel went out and slammed me and the bike on our right sides. A few new scuffs on the bike but my sholder is hurting, reinjured an old injury dam it. Was wearing a good bike jacket but still wrenched the joint. Spent three hours at an emergency clinic but gave up after that as there seemed to be no end to the line ups. Managed to ride the bike home, front end seems like the forks might be a little out of alinment so I'll deal with that later. Any tips on making sure the front end is strait? Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-24-2006, 04:19 PM
 
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Don't break on a turn. I learned the hard way myself.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-24-2006, 04:50 PM
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That sucks....

I dont think the front is bent or anything.
Just loosen the top tree clamps and wack the front tire the way it needs to go to get the bars and wheel
lined up like before.

I think it's 18 foot pounds on the torque for the upper clamp bolts.
or someone will correct me.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-24-2006, 06:12 PM
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That sucks....

I dont think the front is bent or anything.
Just loosen the top tree clamps and wack the front tire the way it needs to go to get the bars and wheel
lined up like before.

I think it's 18 foot pounds on the torque for the upper clamp bolts.
or someone will correct me.
14 ft lbs top and 18 ft lbs lower

Sorry to hear of your crash. Ibupropin and money will cure everything.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-25-2006, 08:02 AM
 
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Bummer dude. Glad you're ok. I hate parking lots, I tend to stand on pegs sometimes to see, and also control with knees. Cages somehow seem to notice you more that way. I also ride the back brake. Too much crap on the ground and too easy for front to wash out, but you already know that

Ride safe.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-25-2006, 02:21 PM
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Bummer dude. Glad you're ok. I hate parking lots, I tend to stand on pegs sometimes to see, and also control with knees. Cages somehow seem to notice you more that way. I also ride the back brake. Too much crap on the ground and too easy for front to wash out, but you already know that

Ride safe.
Good point. MSF teaches the rear brake slipping clutch technique and that is one of the things I use the most.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-31-2006, 09:25 PM
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Glad you're ok- it was a cheap lesson!

It shouldn't take much to straighten things out. I dumped the bike in some snow last Sunday (yeah, it was a fun ride - check out the report) and tweaked the bars a bit. I pulled the bike up to a gate and just tweaked 'em back into place. Easy as pie!

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