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Old 07-20-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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i fell down klr 650

was doing maybe 25 mph off road and the front wheel washed out..

picked the bike up, no damage other then bent shifter until i took off

handle bars wasnt straight with the wheel...

i got mad and kicked the front wheel and no joke its all straight now...

ran in 1st gear on gravel to make sure, then rode it another 15 miles on the highway home after i inspected everything, it seemed normal again

what caused the front end to twist like that...should i just get a fork brace?, no visable damage elsewhere
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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It's old technology, all it needs is a hammer to fix any problem, or a swift kick in the right spot. Learn some martial arts and you will be able to fix any issues trailside including a seized or drowned engine.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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It's old technology, all it needs is a hammer to fix any problem, or a swift kick in the right spot. Learn some martial arts and you will be able to fix any issues trailside including a seized or drowned engine.
haha seriously? should i check the triple tree tightness etc?

heres the video of me crashing (at the end)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJR6...ature=youtu.be
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:15 PM   #4
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check the tightness of the tree bolts... better yet buy a clymer manual for your klr and it will have all the info you need to torque / check things.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:06 PM   #5
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haha seriously? should i check the triple tree tightness etc?

heres the video of me crashing (at the end)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJR6...ature=youtu.be

Not Serious at all. Check everything you can and make sure things are appropriately torqued and adjusted. Be aware that some things are designed to move in a crash to reduce the chance of breaking (so that you can ride out like in this case instead of being stuck there)
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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I've done the same thing. Carefully loosen the tree bolts on one side and give it a little twist back and forth. It will 'want' to go back to straight since you haven't removed the front axle. Tighten it back up and then do the other side. Probably the tree bolts weren't that tight before.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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I've seen many bikes with bars and wheels not aligned after taking a spill. Usually if you have tools with you, you can loosen up the forks in the triple tree and straighten it all back out by holding the wheel between your feet and using your arms to move the bars. Tighten everything back up and keep going like nothing happened.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:56 PM   #8
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Good lord... put on some riding gear PLEASE! At least a pair of long pants. An your buddy with no helmet! GAAAAAH.
Oh well... there are lots of people on organ donor waiting lists, so I guess it all washes out in the end.
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haha seriously? should i check the triple tree tightness etc?

heres the video of me crashing (at the end)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJR6...ature=youtu.be
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:24 PM   #9
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I'm no expert but I am handy with a wrench I low sided my DR200 last week going much slower but I punched the ground HARD with the right handlebar(Got a bruised palm to prove it) and twisted the forks and bent the handlebars. Untwisted the forks using a telephone pole by twisting the wheel against in the opposite direction of the twist, worked beautifully. This place is awesome
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While a telephone pole, forked tree etc can be used to straighten the fronk forks, other than in an emergency, it is not reccomended. Wheels and spokes are not designed for that kind of sideways loading. Do it properly, loosen the triple tree bolts 1st, then align them.
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