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Old 05-24-2005, 07:34 AM   #21
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Personally, I'd consider MO's comments to be cautious. I'm sure that you would like a fair-reading of the facts, before being pilloried in public. Why not extend the same courtesy to other? Last I checked, this wasn't Motorcyle Rumor Monger Monthly. If I wanted unfounded a conjecture and scurrilous comment, IÂ’d go to KpaulÂ’s bloggÂ…"All the News Fit to P!ss On, 24/7."
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Old 05-24-2005, 07:42 AM   #22
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Well (and this is completely tongue n' cheek) if nothing else, the muffler would make an nice urn, for someone's ashes - if the welds hold.
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:01 AM   #23
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MoRMon??
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:17 AM   #24
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Default Re: 05 GSXR frame problems?

That's a pretty clean break. Though there's no impact marks in that area I'd say looking at the pictures it was snapped from crash stress's.



A stress crack would show evidence of flexing and abrading around the crack, then a more jagged tear as the frame failed, also there would be increasingly worse handling as the frame flexed that should have been detectable. Finnaly there would have been enough residual strength in the other frame spar and engine that the bike should have been controlable.
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:39 AM   #25
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Default Re: 05 GSXR frame problems?

The break looks like the aluminum frame broke away from the weld. I'm not surprised if that happened. The light weight aluminum castings, or whatever are very brittle and can't take stress in directions they were not intended to take them. I had a footpeg break in two like a twig when my bike fell over on it from a standstill. The aluminum was crumbly and looked like scintered metal - very light weight, but very brittle. That's how you get those low weights - kinda scary.
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:43 AM   #26
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Default Re: 05 GSXR frame problems?

Another defensive comment. How much did MO pay you to keep the lid on this cover-up?? I WILL get to the bottom of this. It's MO-gate. Heads will roll on this one!
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:49 AM   #27
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When you buy a modern sport bike, you're always getting more than the-cruiser-guy paid for. Hopefully, more isn't becoming less - but that remains to be seen. Under normal street-riding conditions (manageable testosterone levels, and a rider whose head isn't-up-his @ss) sport bikes are the safest things on two-wheels. Except, none of us buy them for their safety features – we generally buy them because we have a screw-loose (that sorta cancels the whole safety thing).



Me? IÂ’m looking forward to seeing what Aprilia does with their SXV engine (69lbs, 70+hp) and the rumored sport-bike it might be powering. ThereÂ’s a write-up about it in SportsRider. It looks like the engine will be a stressed-frame-member and itÂ’s probably going to weigh considerably less than 400lbs.



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Old 05-24-2005, 08:51 AM   #28
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Kinda catchy, ain't it?
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:56 AM   #29
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Yep! There's gotta be a Pulizer in there, somewhere!
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:23 AM   #30
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It was me, I cracked it - I was using it to stir my coffee...
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