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Offline Dreedo

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Cracked frame at shock
« on: September 19, 2018, 08:20:37 pm »
New to using a forum. Had trouble with my center stand so tonight looked to see if there is an adjustment and found the aluminum frame is cracked on both sides. Bike has 4400 miles and the bike only had 200 miles on it when I bought it. Never been hit or hit anything with it. This appears to be the major part of the frame. Any advise or has anyone else ever had this happen?

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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 08:31:59 pm »
Never seen this before...   someone on the forum may have.  Stay tuned.

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One way this could happen is if this bike was transported on a truck/trailer while resting on the center stand.  It may have been strapped down real good but there is no protection for the stand.  I've heard it suggested as a method of transport but all of the weight of the bike crushes down with every bump.  Better to keep it on the tires/shocks with it resting on the kick stand.  IMO.

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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2018, 08:36:52 pm »
Thanks for the advice but the bike has only been on a trailer once fully resting on the wheels. Good to know though.

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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2018, 08:38:46 pm »
Thanks for the advice but the bike has only been on a trailer once fully resting on the wheels. Good to know though.

Yep.  I generally pop into a post, offer some stupid opinion, and then disappear back into the cave.  Good luck getting her squared away.
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2018, 11:12:28 pm »
Take it back to the dealer - like all of us, they will say: 'never heard of it.'
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2018, 11:38:08 pm »
Welcome!

Definitely a first I have ever seen/heard (and I have seen/heard a lot).  Back to the dealer to let them inspect, ASAP.  That is far more than a crack, a whole section is completely missing!  Is it like that on the other side too??  I would NOT ride it in that condition, myself (if I could avoid it).  It looks severely compromised and unsafe.  The entire load of the rear suspension goes through that section of frame.

You bought it as "new" or "used"?  From a Kawasaki dealer?  Please always post the year of the bike.  Best to add it to your signature or avatar.  And please let us know what happens with this saga.  Best of luck.
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2018, 04:15:20 am »
Never seen that one.   I have heard of stress cracks in MC frames but this looks like it took a severe hit.  What year is the bike?
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2018, 06:01:00 am »
The bike is a 2013 model. Bought it with 200 miles on it as a consignment from Plano Kawasaki. The other side isn't missing a piece but does have an open crack. Thanks for the input. Going on the trailer today to the dealership.

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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2018, 07:22:48 am »
Looks like the break started at the heat effected zone of the weld.
So it's possible it was bad welds?
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2018, 09:00:23 am »
Can you paint over it? Sorry. Good luck and I dont think I would ride it either.
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2018, 09:10:28 am »
Is there evidence of an impact on the front of the lower frame section (in front of the suspension links)? You said consignment sale so wondering if a PO might have ran into something pretty hard that initiated a crack in those areas. Then decided to get rid of his "problem". Over the time you've put 4200 miles on it the cracks could have propagated to the point they are now.

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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2018, 10:59:33 am »
A little JB Weld maybe?

Seriously, I hope you get this worked out. I have never seen anything like that.

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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2018, 03:22:21 pm »
Good thing you had trouble with the center stand.
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2018, 03:54:03 pm »
Never seen that one.   I have heard of stress cracks in MC frames but this looks like it took a severe hit.  What year is the bike?

I'm thinking the same thing, and also never seen this pop up before..

it does look like it took a severe whack to the lower (front, left in photo) part, as that area has some  darker residue, like aging, to it.. it probably got whacked hard on a curb or something, and after time the crack grew and finally failed (as seen by the clean metal at the rear and top).

tough to predict when it occurred, but I'd bet it's the reason it got sold...
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Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2018, 04:41:50 pm »
C'mon.  Seriously?  That'll buff right out.
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