HELLLLPPPPP!!! Frame expert needed.!!!

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HELLLLPPPPP!!! Frame expert needed.!!!

Post by WingNutJC »

I recently dropped my 1100 on its LHS.
Rear slid out when rounding a corner at about 15-20mph.
Bike came down and slid along on the front crash bar and LH exhaust for 5-10ft. I came down on by butt. :x

OK - this is where the plot thickens: I removed the LH exhaust to make minor repairs, and then went to re-fit it, but couldn't ...

This is what I encountered (misalignment):

I can't see how the engine could have moved forward in the frame, and I can't see any obvious frame distortion.
The bike rode and tracked perfectly before the fall.

Would anyone have any ideas / experience with this?


PS: the images are not expanding to full size ???

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Is the muffler perhaps bent inwards?
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Post by dingdong »

Perhaps the muffler has just slid too far forward on the header where they clamp together. See no other reason for this.
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Post by thrasherg »

As others have mentioned, I cannot see any reason the frame should have moved by that amount, or the engine, I suspect something is amiss with the mounting of the exhaust system!! I would be checking where the headers attach to the cylinder heads (are they correctly located) or the slip joint where the silencer joins the headers, have you slipped the silencer on too far?

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Post by RoadRogue »

Did you wash it in HOT water causing it to shrink? Seriously now ,it's probably like the others have said the muffler itself has been inserted to far onto the header 8-)

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