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Old 06-07-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default First Motorcycle: Steering handlebar damaged

My dad used to right a bike some 25 years ago when he was in college and thought it'd be cool and slightly cheaper to get a motorcycle for me instead of a car (I finished my first year at college last month).

We nabbed an almost new Suzuki GS500F from 2008 (only 2k miles) for 2600$. While I was upstairs he decided to try it out and long story short the bike fell over and got scrapped on the right side.

Aside from some plastic scratching damage didn't seem too bad, until I noticed the right handle bar was bent almost 90 degrees off making it unridable until fixed.

Having bought the vehicle yesterday in a different state we haven't bought insurance or even registered the bike in CT. How much do handlebars normally go for?

I have up until August to fix it as I don't plan on taking a driving course until next month and I don't plan on using the bike extensively until I get back on campus.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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Bike Bandit has them listed for $46.88 each, for the handlebar itself (pn# 7202923-001). If that's all that's really wrong with it, seems a cheap fix.

2008 Suzuki Motorcycle Parts for GS500F, OEM and Aftermarket at BikeBandit.com

Scrapes don't hurt nothin' - he did you a favour if it was pristine when he got it for you - saves you the heartbreak of scuffin' your own bike.

Take the MSF BRC before riding on Public roads with that thing. Don't forget to check back with us as to how this incident went, and to let us know how you're doin'.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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I'm in no hurry to bust ass ;p I've seen enough youtube videos and my dad got his hand, knee and a bit below his left eye scrapped too. Thats what he gets for fooling around without any protective gear.

Thanks for the link, it'll definitely come in handy.

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:28 AM   #4
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Could be worse. I brought a brand new Kawasaki 650 home from Japan in 1971 and like an idiot I let my Dad ride it. He manged to wheelie it into a chain link fence.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:26 AM   #5
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Could be worse. I brought a brand new Kawasaki 650 home from Japan in 1971 and like an idiot I let my Dad ride it. He manged to wheelie it into a chain link fence.

Ha, that's why you never let your dad ride or drive your stuff. He'll pay you back for all of his sh*t you tore up when you were a kid.....
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:04 PM   #6
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Upon further inspection it sucks how much got scratched.

The plastic / fiberglass piece encompassing the headlight and attached to the windshield is slightly bent out of shape, so there are spaces where wind will be able to just go under and through the windshield. One of the pieces on the inside is slightly bent out of shape.



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saves you the heartbreak of scuffin' your own bike.
I've had the thing for two days now, have never ridden, and already I'm heart broken. The handlebars + the weights on the side cost 100 something.

Body Cowling $160: 7371286-001
Front Panel (Plastic) $18: 7203177-001
Cowl under RH $172: 7373358-001

Almost $500 for stupidity. There's more stuff scratched but they just look ugly, they're not dented out of original shape so I'll probably pass on those under I personally drop it a couple of times.
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:13 PM   #7
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Since we're on Dad stories: my Dad decided my CB550 was in the way and rolled it over to another part of the garage. Instead of putting it on the kickstand, he leaned it against a pipe that held up the roof. It put a 3" crease into the gas tank.

Don't be too mad at your Dad, Chudy. One day he'll be gone, and you will miss him. Besides, now you have a lifetime "get out of jail free card."
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Ha, that's why you never let your dad ride or drive your stuff. He'll pay you back for all of his sh*t you tore up when you were a kid.....
Yeah. I shoulda remembered that my Dad's last bike was a Henderson4 that he rode around as a young man in L.A. after he got out of reform school and before a judge "requested" that he go into the Army. That "rev the crap out of it and dump the clutch" technique he learned on the Henderson was a bit outdated.
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That's all fixable - and in the meanwhile, the handlebars are the only thing preventing riding the bike.

Google up "auto-body repair techniques" and "Plastic repair techniques" or something similar.
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Google up "auto-body repair techniques" and "Plastic repair techniques" or something similar.
Do you think it'd be better to try and strip down / repaint stuff over buying new stock pieces / aftermarket?

I'm not mad at my dad, just disappointed at the situation I'm in ;s
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