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I suffered my first wreck this past weekend. It was a doozy, too. I can't speak highly enough of Cycle Cat's frame sliders. My tanks got four small dents and a small scratch. The engine seems to be unscathed. The cases aren't even scratched and its oil tight. H*ll, the DML temp gauge even survived un-broken. My problem, though, is that either the sideswiping impact or the resutling high side broke one of the the frame's main tubes up by the steering head. I'm about 90% sure that regardless of what the insurance man says, I'll keep the bike. What I need to know is what to do about the frame.

I've found a couple places capable of repairing Duc frames. I've also found a half a dozen or so used frames that would work just fine for a rebuild effort. Anyone with any experience with frame repairs? Should I scrap my frame and start looking more seriously at used frames? What kind of issues will I have getting it registered if the frame and engine numbers don't match?
 

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Picture of the broken/damaged area would help.
I'm suspecting your forks are bent if it hit hard enough to break part of the frame...

Dunno about other states, but California DMV only records the frame number.
 

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:eek: :eek: :eek:
i suppose you could weld it back, but you will HAVE to check to make sure the frame is still true

put the engine in a mini-bike, buy another ducati, and somehow make this one into a coffee table
 

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Ugly huh? As nasty as that looks, you'd be suprised at how little damage was sustained elsewhere. Which is why I'm even going down this path.

Both places I'd be working with are frame specialists. So, in addition to fixing the ocvious problme, they'd also true up the frame. Since its just steel tubing, my theory is that they'll just cut out the affected tubes, replace, reweld, and straighten as needed.
 

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Buy a frame on ebay. Have it powdercoated to your color of choice. Build your dream bike from the ground up. Become Monster of the Month! (go broke in the process but hey... Monster of the Month!!!!)
 

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Thats generally the plan. I'm picturing classic cafe racer, with no small inspiration from Stuart's M750. Tubeless spoked wheels, big single headlight, clip-ons, reverse meg muffler(s), polished aluminum where ever I can get it, etc.

Realistically, it really depends on the insurance man. Like I said, I'm most likely keep the bike. If I can convince him not to just total it out, I'll head in the above direction. If he won't work with me, track bike. 8)
 
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