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Has anyone seen an RC frame bend?

I had a recent unfortunate incident....forks bent, front wheel damaged, bent steering stem, normal front end crash stuff if there is such a thing.
There isn't a MC frame shop in my area, and the it looks OK.....
Has anybody had an RC frame bend, or do they just crack like most cast aluminum stuff?
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Cracks, bends and punctures.




Car front end impact at 70mph, bike bounced backwards 60 feet, rider went over car and lived with 2 broken legs.

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Cracks, bends and punctures.




Car front end impact at 70mph, bike bounced backwards 60 feet, rider went over car and lived with 2 broken legs.
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The damn thing is like a tank..

I've seen a Hayabusa crashed front end with 40mph and the frame cut clean right next the steering bearings. The front suspension never bent much.

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I'm in the process of repairing an RC51 for a friend, which we bought crashed (Search "So I bought a project last night"). It had been highsided on the road and hit an armco barrier front first (Previous owner was hurt but has recovered).

One fork leg bent, lock stop on lower triple broken off, clip on snapped at the clamp, snorkel and all plastics smashed to little pieces... and the back end was damaged beyond repair too with a badly broken subframe too.

After putting on replacement triple with new bearings, two fork legs, etc. We measured this bike against mine from several different positions & compared. Identical. Frame's not even tweaked.
If you look at how it's built it's pretty strong! Would have to be a very heavy impact (head on) impact to bend it, I think. Judging by the amount of people who buy forks and repair after an accident it seems to me RC51's don't bend that easily. But it's only the first RC51 I'm repairing...

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The damn thing is like a tank..

I am satisfied to I know that my RC can go through a f**kin' car in a collision
Preferably not with you on it!

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I am satisfied to I know that my RC can go through a f**kin' car in a collision
All RC designated models can do that, look here










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I occasionally wonder what will happen to today's bikes that use cast frames in a collision.
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I occasionally wonder what will happen to today's bikes that use cast frames in a collision.
I keep hearing the newer Suzukis usually break at the welds....



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Well isn't this part of the reason our RC's are heavier than the likes of R1's, etc?

Even with my bad mo-fo strong frame, my plan is to not crash
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