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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Broken front mudguard in minor accident

I was just waiting feet down in a traffic jam when an idiot in front of me decided to go in reverse and hit my front wheel. Mudguard broken in half and bike dropped.

I was < 5 minutes from home so I checked suspensions and brake (seemed OK) and drove normally.

Tomorrow I will obviously put the wheel up and check spinning, the forks, etc. Anything in particular I should look at? I am worried the mudguard broke since it's not like it protrudes in front of the wheel.


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Wow, sorry! I had an '04 Bonnie with a plastic front fender and it seemed wobbly as hell, surprised yours actually broke. Maybe the fasteners created a weak point.

Really hard to 'sight' along the forks to assess 'true' particularly if you got hit square on. I'd study all up front and remove the forks for some good looks and comparisons.

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I am surprised myself because if the fork goes up, the fender also goes up, so how the heck did it break. Never removed the forks so I hope it's not so hard. Not sure what to look at though, they will look identical (?)

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There are no shortage of idiots out there. They didnít see your bright orange SE? Any other damage from the drop?
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This might help to check the forks:

https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0412

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This morning I have checked all I could following the Haynes manual maintenance/checks for wheels and forks. Everything appears to be ok. Even the wheel bolt slides in like butter. There is a little binding/resistance moving the handlebars to the right but I believe it's the cables. There is no binding pushing up and down the bars like a gorilla.

I also put the wheel on my balancing stand and it's true.

Although the forks are parallel there's always the doubt whether they might be slightly bent inwards the same amount, since I got hit square on. Maybe my bike is a little shorter now


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I'd be tempted to loosen the triples one side at a time and slide each tube down one at a time to make sure there hasn't been damage/crease to the plating. One at a time makes it easier to put it back in the same spot as you have the other side for reference.
When I took my new-to-me T100's forks apart to upgrade the internals I discovered that a previous owner had slid the tubes up the triples to hide some damage. 'Bike rode true and straight before but I ended up buying new tubes.

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My fender broke exactly as yours did a while back when a small critter ran in front of my on a back road. I was amazed how easily it snapped off, as it wasn't a hard hit, but there was no other damage to the bike, and everything remained in alignment.

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I was also amazed looking at the price (£154.36 / Ä166.71 / $197.58) !!. I've been very lucky to find the only one in orange on eBay.

Although everything else seems ok, the hit damaged the carcass of my front tyre, so now I don't know what to do because the forks seem perfectly ok and straight. Doing the alignment thing as per Delboy video involves loosening the lower yoke and the steering stem nut and I am afraid I could mess up with the front end of the bike.

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I would also be concerned about the fork tubes. you could loosen one up at the triple, rotate it 180 degrees and see if they're still parallel. or take them out and check them properly for straightness.

Sorry about your fender.
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