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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-Oct-2019, 06:04 AM (461) Thread Starter
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I apparently lost the battle between pothole and rim in Nashville. Going to try to file a claim. Does anyone have any experience going up this road? I've been looking for a used replacement. I've got a 2014 R1200GS. I expect you all know the cost of a new rim. $1200.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-Oct-2019, 06:57 AM (498)
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That rim can be fixed good as new. I would look for a local shop but if none are available try woodys.
https://motorcyclehabit.com/can-a-be...-rim-be-fixed/

https://woodyswheelworks.com/pages/a...e-wheel-repair
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Check out these folks first

Damn, that's a man eating pothole.

I would check with a reputable motorcycle rim shop like Woody's https://woodyswheelworks.com/ followed with a check in https://www.beemerboneyard.com/ to see if they have a 2nd hand cast alloy wheel for a decent price.

Best of luck.
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You're talking "wheel" here,not just rim. Good luck.
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Pound it out. Piece of wood and a hammer. You'll be fine.

If you have BMWMOA Tire insurance it might cover it. (Not the hammer and wood)

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Pound it out. Piece of wood and a hammer. You'll be fine.

If you have BMWMOA Tire insurance it might cover it. (Not the hammer and wood)
Even though I think it was intended as tongue in cheek, this is very bad advice in my opinion. I believe that your wheel is fixable and in the hands of a professional shop, and for far less than a new wheel. A ham handed amateur attempt to fix it could make it unfixable by even a pro.

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Even though I think it was intended as tongue in cheek, this is very bad advice in my opinion. I believe that your wheel is fixable and in the hands of a professional shop, and for far less than a new wheel. A ham handed amateur attempt to fix it could make it unfixable by even a pro.
It was, but if the bead was broke, it was losing air and I was on the road I'd do it. I would take it to a shop.

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Happened to me last year. Fixed it in a local rim repair store for €50. Good as new.
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I hadn't thought of that, but I'm sure all of the shops that sell "gangster wheels" (rims) do repairs since some of those tires have about an inch of sidewall. There are probably a half dozen in Nashville.
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If you do find a local shop that says they 'can' fix it, be sure to ask them how they'll do it. Many shops can only get a wheel close to straight and then they use a lathe to mill the bead well true. Find a business that specializes in repairing aluminum rims like the one referenced earlier (woody's). I had great luck with this shop in AZ:

mcwheel main page

I like their technique the best because they don't mill the rim to repair it.

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