Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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
2008 - R1200RT "Cino"
2005 - KLT - "Tipsy" (now "Toasty") RIP
2004 - Suzuki Burgman 650
1978 - GL 1000
1985 - GL 1200 20th Anniversary Edition
1976 - Honda 750A
1973 - Honda CB 360 - "Bone Shaker"
1966 - Suzuki S80 - "Old Smokey"