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I know we have all probably gone into some type of ditch/hole on the road at some time. With this rim being the size it is, I was concerned if at some point the rim can actually get bent and if so, what is the best way to know?
Today I hit a hole that I just did not see until the last split second and it was so bad, you actually heard the "thump/thump" sound ........ like I actually felt the damn front rim slammin' down. Did not seem to be anything wrong, but does anyone know an easy way to check?

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I know we have all probably gone into some type of ditch/hole on the road at some time. With this rim being the size it is, I was concerned if at some point the rim can actually get bent and if so, what is the best way to know?
Today I hit a hole that I just did not see until the last split second and it was so bad, you actually heard the "thump/thump" sound ........ like I actually felt the damn front rim slammin' down. Did not seem to be anything wrong, but does anyone know an easy way to check?

Thanks,
Larry
the way to check on a bicycle was to fasten a tab onto the forks with almost no gap to the rim then spin the rim slowly (wherever it starts dragging or pulling away) is where its not true with the starting point, with a point on the tab you could put it on a point on the rim and see if it shifts up/down. I would think you could do it on a motorcycle too but not 100% Not many rims are ever perfectly true so you would need an idea on tolerances for it
 

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I’ve hit some pretty big pot holes here in Ohio and know that sound all too well. The way I figured, if there was no noticeable difference in the ride, then things must be okay. Last week I hit monster hole jumped right in front of me and I actually pulled over to see if I damaged my wheel.
 

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+1 on the crappy ohio roads! I was always just thankful that the 21" front rim skimmed over MOST of the potholes. I'm in agreement with richard that if there is no noticeable difference in ride... there's probably no problem. I could be wrong though... It's happened before a couple times :cool:
 

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I have over 14K on mine now and have hit a few big holes... I was really concerned with one that I hit a few months back at around 50mph... One of those that showed up at the last minute that seemed to take the whole tire in... needless to say as soon as I stopped and took a look at the tire I noticed marks on the rim from the tire folding but no bend in the rim.
I have to agree with the reference to a bicycle rim... if you have someone that works on engines they most likely have a dial indicator which will give you a true reading... just a thought. The rims are not 100% true so you will see some variance in the side of the rim. You can also go by a bike shop and just ask them to check your rim... that would be the easiest.
 

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When I was first shopping around for a new bike... I passed up several really nice, 2010 Kawasaki's, mostly because I was uncomfortable with such a small, thin, bicycle like front tire.
When I saw the fury.. my eyes fell out of my head, I cancled the purchase of a 2010 Interstate; an bought the fury... Front Wheel be Damned!
The only thing that gave me some "confidence" was that it is a Dunlap; whom I trust fairly well, as I have them on my car also.
This thread bears watching, no?
 

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Front Wheel be Damned!
The only thing that gave me some "confidence" was that it is a Dunlap; whom I trust fairly well, as I have them on my car also.
This thread bears watching, no?
That's a good point considering the Dunlop ....... with the large front you have to consistantly check the air anyhow but I'm tellin' you when I hit that pothole last moment, it sounded like I actually heard the damn rim. I felt so bad. I do not feel or see a difference in the ride so I'm assuming it's all good!

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Just me thinking out loud, but I would think that if you didn't notice any difference in ride, any rim damage that all should be good, but I would keep an eye on the tire pressure to make sure that it doesn't have something wrong that you can't see and loosing air in the tire, at least I would keep an eye on it for a few days to a week, but that's just me.
 
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