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    Bent Handlebars - Options?

    Hi all,

    Newbie here. Picked up a GN250 with my mate and we've been practicing for a little bit before sitting our Basic Handling.

    My mate took a tumble riding at about 50km and the bike came off second best. The bike is a little scratched and unfortunately the handlebars have been bent too. What's the recommended thing to do here? Get a new set or is it fairly straight forward to bend them back into place? They're not severely bent, just means it doesn't ride quite straight.

    Any advice/help appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    Hi all,

    Newbie here. Picked up a GN250 with my mate and we've been practicing for a little bit before sitting our Basic Handling.

    My mate took a tumble riding at about 50km and the bike came off second best. The bike is a little scratched and unfortunately the handlebars have been bent too. What's the recommended thing to do here? Get a new set or is it fairly straight forward to bend them back into place? They're not severely bent, just means it doesn't ride quite straight.

    Any advice/help appreciated.

    Cheers
    Going in the right direction helps quite a bit. Get someone who knows what they are doing to replace them and check the bike over

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippa1 View Post
    Going in the right direction helps quite a bit. Get someone who knows what they are doing to replace them and check the bike over
    +1, it sounds like you should check that the forks haven't twisted in the triple trees as well. Not the end of the world but it really should be checked.

    Bending the handlebars back isn't a good idea. Every bend will weaken the metal and finally it'll snap. GN250 handlebars should be as cheap as chips anyway.

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    New ones ....as suggested.
    GN bars are a bit bent back/wheelbarrow style from memory...?
    You may find that straighter handlebars are easier on wrist....
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    when you sell it remember it was the previous owner who dropped it.

    If they are steel you can put a big fuck off bit of steel on them and bend them back ---- but then you'll always wonder if you crinkled the tube and so forth. They will never be as strong and will never feel right either. Easier for $30 to replace them.

    by the way, if the bike isnt going straight, you might have managed to twist the triple clamps relative to one another and kinked the front wheel out of line. its an easy enough fix but you need to let someone who knows stuff about things have a look at it if that is your concern.
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    Thanks all. I'll get the bike checked over and get them replaced. Appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OddDuck View Post
    +1, it sounds like you should check that the forks haven't twisted in the triple trees as well. Not the end of the world but it really should be checked.

    Bending the handlebars back isn't a good idea. Every bend will weaken the metal and finally it'll snap. GN250 handlebars should be as cheap as chips anyway.
    Wot 'e said.

    I bent bars every time I raced for a bit there. Never assume it is just a bent bar. In my case it was more often a misalignment of the triple tree and/or forks.
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    Since your mate dropped it, he's probably desperate to make amends.

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    Ok so, next question - Where does one get this fixed in Auckland?

    Called up Holeshot on Barry's Point Road and they don't look at Bikes pre 2000. They gave me someone to contact that they refer the pre 2000 bikes to, however the poor dude is going to be in hospital for another month!

    Anyone know a guy? Or can recommend somewhere thats done work for them in the past?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    Called up Holeshot on Barry's Point Road and they don't look at Bikes pre 2000
    Yer fucken what...?!? You sure???
    If that's the case then steer well clear of them with anything, they're obviously just a pack of cunts

    unbelievable

    No pre-2000? I'm stunned

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    Ok so, next question - Where does one get this fixed in Auckland?

    Called up Holeshot on Barry's Point Road and they don't look at Bikes pre 2000. They gave me someone to contact that they refer the pre 2000 bikes to, however the poor dude is going to be in hospital for another month!

    Anyone know a guy? Or can recommend somewhere thats done work for them in the past?

    Cheers
    Go to your local Ripco or tool store. buy a small socket set, a #2 point Philips head (or #2 JIS) and get stuck into it. You'll be fine, probably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awayatc View Post
    New ones ....as suggested.
    GN bars are a bit bent back/wheelbarrow style from memory...?
    You may find that straighter handlebars are easier on wrist....
    Yeah - the road lice .. sorry the GNs came out with quite a few different bars - see if you can find some of the standard flatter ones ..


    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    Ok so, next question - Where does one get this fixed in Auckland?

    Called up Holeshot on Barry's Point Road and they don't look at Bikes pre 2000. They gave me someone to contact that they refer the pre 2000 bikes to, however the poor dude is going to be in hospital for another month!

    Anyone know a guy? Or can recommend somewhere thats done work for them in the past?

    Cheers
    Any Suzuki dealer would be a good start ... there's got to be more than one ..
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