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post #1 of 11 Old Feb 1st, 2008, 12:30 pm Thread Starter
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Bent Crash Guard

I had the misfortune of hitting an old, wooden surfaced bridge, in the fog late last year.

The uneven, slippery surface caused Tipsy and I to part company. Fortunately, not too much damage to either of us: the tip over wing saved the Tupperware, and I had a sore ankle for a couple of days. Most of the damage consists of scratches to the front fairing from the wire barricade at the side of the road that stopped the bike from going for a swim.

Now that we are in hibernation here in the Great White North, I am in the process of restoring Tipsy to her former glory.

The issue that causes me the most concern is that the crash guard that took the force of the slide is a little bent.

I would like to try and avoid the cost of replacing same, if I can. I can also leave it as it is, although the tip over wing will be a bit askew and I am not really sure that I can live with my beloved Tipsy looking like that.

I know nothing about working with metal. Could a body shop straighten out this piece? If so, would the metal retain it's structural integrity? I do not plan on crashing Tipsy any time soon, but you never know....

Should I just bite the bullet and replace the bent crash guard and done with it? Any and all suggestions gratefully accepted.

By the way, what is the color number for the lower, engine fairing on a gray, '05 LT.

Thanks for your input, folks.

Paul M. Feldman

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2005 - KLT - "Tipsy" (now "Toasty") RIP
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post #2 of 11 Old Feb 1st, 2008, 12:35 pm
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Paul,
Sorry for your troubles...

Are you saying the "tipober" bar on the side of the bike when you say 'crash guard"? I think LT Parts, a vendor on this site, could make you a swell deal...

If the bar is bent, but removable, chances are you can just replace it. If you have trouble removing it, the mounts may also be "bent"... and care must be exericised to replace...

Do you have pics? That would be very helpful... fore/aft and side/overhead views, please.

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Bent Tip Over Thingy

I stand corrected, DC. Thanks for setting me straight.

It is the tip over bar thingy that got bent.

Pix to follow Monday since we are experiencing a nasty snow/freezing rain/snow/rain storm with significant accumulations. Poor wifey...had to shovel the drive 3x today, already. Somebody's got to supervise...

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Just a bit of a heads-up...
I hate to be the bearer of potentially bad news, but you should inspect the frame tabs where that tip-over bar attaches. Those often break off, even in the slowest of spills. When that happens, the insurance companies will total the bike. I've yet to see an insurance company even dare get involved with a frame repair on a motorcycle.
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Straighten mine with no problem

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Bent Tip Over Thingy

Sonny:

Can you please explain how you straightened out your bent tip over thingy.

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Paul M. Feldman

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2005 - KLT - "Tipsy" (now "Toasty") RIP
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With a hammer?

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Sonny:

Can you please explain how you straightened out your bent tip over thingy.

Thanks
C'mon down to Tejas.. I know a guy who has just the hammer to resolve the issue...

be careful.. as Joe said, if the bike's broken the tabs, it's curtains....

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Bent Tip Over Thingy

Deacon:

Do you mean a "persuasion device"?

I'd love to re-visit the Tejas hill country where the speed limit on the slab is 85 mph and everyone goes 90+++. And the steaks are ginormous

Trouble is getting there....

I rode Tipsy post crash and experienced no change in stability or handling. From what I can see, the frame tabs appear to be intact. If a frame tab had separated from the frame, would the ride quality change?

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2004 - Suzuki Burgman 650
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If a frame tab had separated from the frame, would the ride quality change?
Not at all.
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Not at all.
Then what does this tab do?

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Then what does this tab do?
It simply the point of contact where the mount for the tip-over wings meets the frame. But it's not actually a structural part of the frame, per se.
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