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    My biggest fear happened today

    Hello all!

    While riding up from Seattle going north to Bellingham on my 1995 R1100rsl I was following a big rig keeping a distance behind as most of the traffic had a close proximity to me. As I was paying attention to the guy beside me and taking my site off the big rig momentarily I then focused back on my forward path only to briefly see what was fairly solid semi wide on the ground cross under my front wheel. When the front of the wheel hit this object the bike immediately jumped 6 inches came down with a very brief wobble then settled back on my path forward. I then traveled to the side of the road unharmed to assess the damage only to find the wheel had bent a little bit on both sides. I finished getting home after riding an addition 20 miles with the bike and a very slight difference in rolling but knowing I cannot ride the bike after that.

    I guess in a way I'm damn lucky to be writing this while at home on my computer safe and sound. I guess now I will be hunting for a straight used front wheel for my bike....any suggestions where I can find one?
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    Excuse my ignorance but whats a "fairly solid semi wide"?
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    I'm glad to know you made it home safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 61996 View Post
    Excuse my ignorance but whats a "fairly solid semi wide"?
    Can't tell what it was as I was moving at 70 mph but it was freakin hard! It had to be something made of metal and as wide as my tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    I'm glad to know you made it home safe!

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    Thanks Voni! I'm counting my lucky stars right now!!!
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    Check with the following.

    1. eBay
    2. rubbersideup.com
    3. safaricycle.com
    4. beemerboneyard.com
    5. the ibmwr marketplace http://marketplace.ibmwr.org/
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    I had a bent front wheel on my R1100RSL and Woody's did a great job making it straight again.
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    Thank Christ you're OK...I have nightmares about scenario's like that...lol
    The fact that you didn't go down is pretty amazing...
    I'd check flea bay for wheels...I'm sure you could get it straightened locally...tons of wheel straightening shops around here
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    Thank goodness you landed rubber side DOWN. Thank the one above!

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    Thanks for all your kind words and good info! I was extremely lucky today and count my lucky stars for sure. I was just on Fleabay and noticed that most of the wheels are rear wheels that are available so my search continues. So, it seems that this must be a very weak link in the wheel chain on this bike....very soft alloy!
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    Good to hear you are OK.
    Don't forget to check the comprehensive coverage on your insurance.
    Some times comprehensive claims have a low deductible and does not affect your rates.
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    Sometimes, the local rim repair places can straighten it. Find one that does mag wheels and you may get lucky. I've used one here in Winnipeg numerous times and they have done a very good job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Good to hear you are OK.
    Don't forget to check the comprehensive coverage on your insurance.
    Some times comprehensive claims has a low deductible and does not affect your rates.
    Thanks Lee! I will for sure look in to that.
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    These folks are as good as it gets when it comes to wheel repair:

    http://www.woodyswheelworks.com
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    You might be in luck

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