BAJA CALIFORNIA: NEED INFO ON STRAIGHTENING HANDLEBARS

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by zigyphoto, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. zigyphoto

    zigyphoto PAY ATTENTION

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    R12GS-W: Had a get-off and handlebars are tweaked. bike is rideable, but a bit strange.

    not sure what metal these are made of and don't want to break them, but would like to straighten closer to normal...

    Any suggestions, warnings or experience appreciated.

    thanks,

    z
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  2. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    My guess....pack them with damp sand
    Heat and bend....slowly


    Beware the steam!
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  3. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    They shouldn’t break. They’re made to be malleable. The best way to straighten is to insert a pipe over the end and bend them back. You’ll find most Mexicans are crafty so a couple pesos will go a long way. Find a welding shop, they’re everywhere. They’ll have a pipe you can use and a guy to hold the bike as you pry.

    Hope it works out. I was in Baja 3 weeks ago and I miss it. If you stop in San Ignacio and stop at rice and beans, please say hello to Ricardo (the owner) on my behalf. Mr Jason and his friend Dan. He helped us when my buddy Dan crashed hard.
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  4. Zuber

    Zuber Zoob

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    Only a bit strange? Keep riding until you get home. BMW makes these bars and they are very expensive ODD SIZE bars. Not available like common size bars. Not worth the chance of breaking them and making it un-rideable.
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  5. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    First off, have you loosened the clamps and tried to straighten the bars by hand? Does "tweaked" mean the bars are twisted in the clamps or are they bent on one side? If they are actually bent then you run the risk of making them weaker if you try and bend them back.
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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Got a magnet handy? Should be steel.
    Avoid much tweaking while bars are in their clamps and also inspect those clamps for damage from the mishap before riding.
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  7. kenstone

    kenstone worn out

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    Like this....
    The strap is attached to the top triple tree.
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  8. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    If it is rideable but a bit strange, I would just leave it til I got home.
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