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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Front wheel lip bent

Hey guys,

I slighty bent my front wheel after hitting a big tree branch who was laying on the road, couldn't dodge it as it was night time with a terrible visibility.


Anyway, I'm torn between 2 solutions :

getting the wheel fixed by a shop (straightened back and repainting it) for $350cad or getting a new one from Triumph for $900cad (ouch)

I'm getting 500 dollars deductible from my insurance, but I wonder if fixing the wheel is a long term risk or not. People told me to get a new one, others told me to ride the bide and not worry about it, others said to fix it at a special shop.

I don't have any air leak.


what do you guys think ?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 06:33 PM
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I wouldn't trust a bent wheel. Have you looked around for used wheels?

Here is one on eBay for 299 claims to be an OEM triumph wheel.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/371913235240
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I rode a bent front wheel for 2yrs before locating a decent used wheel. My wheel was not as puckered as yours. I puckered the front wheel on my 955 Daytona after hitting a cobblestone head on. Again, rode the bike home after fixing a puncture in the tire and then bought a used wheel off eBay. Not as bad as your wheel for the Daytona as well. I would not ride that wheel. I would either fix or find a used wheel. Buying a new wheel was never going to happen for either of my two bike wheels. My two used wheels cost under $250. Your call and your money and peace of mind I suppose.
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thanks for the feedbacks guys,

getting a used one from ebay is also a solution, so far the ones i've found are pretty scratched though ...

There are also some aftermarkets wheels but I don't really trust them
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Don't know which aftermarket wheels that you are referring to, but Triumph doesn't make wheels. Some aftermarket company is making them. I think my Daytona wheels are Brembros.
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Don't know which aftermarket wheels that you are referring to, but Triumph doesn't make wheels. Some aftermarket company is making them. I think my Daytona wheels are Brembros.

this one for example

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1-PC-Front-Wh...JX0Osr&vxp=mtr
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I wonder if that can be hammered back into shape? Or would that thing crack easy?
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I wonder if that can be hammered back into shape? Or would that thing crack easy?
i kinda tried but quickly stopped. I don't want to crack it. Professionals use heat to soften the metal and then reshape the wheel
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Not a good idea. Cold hammering will crack the metal. For very slight bends on alloy wheels a rubber mallet and some heat can work. But, professionals use heat, pressure with forming tools, rollers, etc.
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Not familiar with that wheel company. You could Google them and see what the quality is like. I would have the wheel fixed for the price that you quoted. Some say shops will not touch a wheel repair for a motorcycle for liability reasons, but there are well established shops(here in the US) that have been doing it for years as well as custom widening.
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