When will a fork clamp break, but no dent on the rim?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by uluwatu06, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. uluwatu06

    uluwatu06 Adventurer

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    My bike is under warranty. Would i be able to claim for the repairs under warranty?

    Under what circumstances would a fork clamp break? Isn't it supposed to be strong?

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  2. signit98

    signit98 Nutcase... really!

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    Darn right you should claim that. There are many reasons why it could have broken, even without major impact on the forks.

    If there is no visible mechanical impact, it is likely to be a casting fault, such as an inclusion or bubble. Uneven load or mounting could be another reason. Have them check your tube assemblies as well, for free movement and load progression.

    While there are no load bearing springs in the tubes, there might be something that creates enough friction to load one side more than the other.

    Not good.
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  3. BerndM

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    Were you RIDING this bike as it broke? What did THAT feel like? I hope you didn't go down!
    I'd be pounding on the dealer's door the next morning to have this inspected. That top clamp is a VERY strong part and doesn't usually break, EVEN in a crash.
    Good luck and let us know the results!
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  4. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    :eek2:yikes Tell me this happened during "Epic" riding vs. not on a highway...
    that is one hell of an eye-popping picture.
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  5. uluwatu06

    uluwatu06 Adventurer

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    I didnt expect it to happen either. Rest of the bike are ok.
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  6. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    So spill.... you're riding along... eating a sandwich and what... the dang thing just goes pop?
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  7. uluwatu06

    uluwatu06 Adventurer

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    Went into a deep pothole.
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  8. uluwatu06

    uluwatu06 Adventurer

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    I was informed by my dealer that this is not claimable under warranty as it was an accident.

    What give?
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  9. (none)

    (none) poser

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    Well, now is the time for some information. Were you just riding along and it broke? Did you crash then it broke or did it break THEN you crash? Had the bike been crashed prior to this?
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  10. uluwatu06

    uluwatu06 Adventurer

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    I was riding... saw a pothole in front, went over it like how i always did but BANG! flipped over and fell.

    Fork clamp broke, foglight detached, box smashed.

    Youtube has many vids showing GSA taking jumps with no issue....
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  11. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    WTF!!! Hard to believe it would break right there:eek1
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  12. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, JACKWAD! Super Supporter

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    Think I would file a claim against you local DOT, that has to be on Hell of a pothole.
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  13. signit98

    signit98 Nutcase... really!

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    A pothole should NOT break that clamp... I would make some noise.

    The last thing they need is bad publicity ad a worried crowd... you might want to make them understand that it will be a lot easier if it goes away quietly.

    If not, make noise and contact the transportation safety board... they will be all over that quickly.

    The triple clamp breaking without any sign of damage to the wheel? No sir... not right.
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  14. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    Sorry, I got a feeling the pot hole didn't break the clamp... the tipover did. The clamp was presented with forces on a load path it was not designed for.

    Try Beemerboneyard.
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  15. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato Supporter

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    Having wrecked 3 1150 GSes personally and I saw many more wrecks when I worked for the dealer, I've never seen a triple clamp break. I've seen to CHP 1150RT-Ps with both wheels broken. One hit a big pothole and the other ran over a semi-trailer's landing gear. Neither had any damage to the triple clamp.
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  16. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    I don't seem how it broke unless something in casting. I have dumped alot of bikes racing and never seen that either:huh
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  17. mark0ne

    mark0ne Ralle-Moto Adventure

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    I would be making a few more inquiry's, maybe with a different shop? castings do fail sometimes, my K6 GSXR 1000 had a problem with the lower fork boot casting it broke through between the axel and the pinch bolts... suzuki took about 4 months to fix it but they did replace the lower fork tube with no questions asked!!

    1 of our customers bikes was hit by a car and broke the fork legs but the top clamp was only bent not snapped:eek1
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  18. AL-58

    AL-58 BMWs make good landfill

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    It's not like its a KTM after all

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  19. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Any more to the story you can share AL?
    Jim
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  20. socket086

    socket086 Been here awhile

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    mine was snapped on left after light impact, bent inner fork tube, was amazed as did not even drop bike not a single scratch wheel perfect i assumed they are designed to snap on impact to lessen wrist dammage.
    the way i looked at it was if it did not break i would be pulled forward on impact, in one way i hope i am wrong but who knows.
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