Rearended a car - things to check?

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by name?, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. name?

    name? Guest

    I managed to run my 88 Hawk GT into the back of a car in stop/go
    traffic today at about 5-7 mph. No damage to them, and I'm fine. I
    learned my lesson not to look at what traffic in the next lane is

    The bike ran fine to get home, no leaks or anything I could see.
    Handling seemed the same.

    Here's my question. What should I check for damage that isn't obvious?
    name?, Jun 26, 2003
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  2. Front suspension.

    Wheel damage.

    FRAME/headstock. <---- Potentially the most dangerous

    steering-head bearings.
    Nicholas C. Weaver, Jun 26, 2003
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  3. name?

    Larry Guest

    Had a similar incident when I was cut off. Check all components of the front
    suspension from the tire/wheel to bearings to steering head set. If the
    impact was truly 5-7 mph, your front suspension may have absorbed most of
    the impact (which is what mine apparently did), in which case no damage
    done. Check the head bearings well.

    BTW - Glad you're ok!

    Larry, Jun 26, 2003
  4. name?

    name? Guest

    Thanks all. That's more or less what I was thinking, but needed confirmation of.
    name?, Jun 26, 2003
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    flint Guest

    As others said about making sure the front components are fine and
    dandy, but this is a Hawk GT. The thing is a pit bull in the dog-eat-dog
    world of motorcycles. I'd be surprised if there was any "gotcha" damage.
    flint, Jun 26, 2003
  6. Take a really careful look at your front tire also, especially the
    sidewalls. If you see any bulging or blistering, replace immediately.

    Lock the front brake and bounce the front end to make sure your
    fork travel is smooth.
    r_kleinschmidt, Jun 27, 2003
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