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About the only good news is due to the fact that I had the penske triple clicker and cartridge kit on the bike, I managed to keep her upright upon landing. bruised the hell outta my foot and damaged my knee, but no crash and burn on the road. (thank Bog)
Anyway, thought y'all might like to see.

That video has NO special effects, I just slowed it down to 2-3 frames per second upon impact, and edited out six minutes of that last shot of out of focus road till the gopro totally died. (I'm pretty sure it was hit by a car after that)
chunk of firewood. dammnit.
 

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Bloody lucky you weren't thrown off! I did the same thing on an R1 years ago... got big air too! Landed and didn't crash, but dinged both rims. I had them re-rolled by a specialist, who got them almost perfect again. That might be a cheaper option for you?
 

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Wow, glad you survived with as little damage as you did! Lot of potential for a serious incident there. I watched the video before reading the rest of your post. Looks like a nice area for evening rides (without the firewood of course). Here in Alaska, firewood on the road is a problem all year long. Tourist loose it off the back ends of their campers and motor homes, and during the winter, the locals let it fall off trailers and out of pickup beds. Have to watch for it constantly. Nothing quite like hitting an 8" thick chunk of Birch at 60 MPH. Bad enough in a car and way bad on two wheels.
Nice job of bike handling to keep to keep the fleshy parts off the pavement!
 

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Is there any places that do motorcycle rim repairs?

I only mention it because we do have a place here that repairs vehicle rims and they do a great job. They also guarantee all the repair work they do.

It's posts like these that make me glad I spent the extra money for the five year tire and rim, repair and replacement warranty.
 

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Check out the website for a company called..... Wills Rim Repair | Bent motorcycle rim repair I will warn you though.....he is kind of a one man operation and does incredibly high quality work......but has issues with returning calls/emails/etc.......because he is so busy and it's a one man operation. He is known very well by the WERA racers and lots of folks that have used him in the past. I will assure you that he will be a much cheaper option that new/used wheels, but you may have a long waiting period to get the work done, so be forewarned.
 
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That's a real nice drive. Done it in a rental car a few times.

Total bummer about the bike. Glad you had good suspension and held on.

Think I would get the serial number off the wood and track down who put it in the road. Then install it for them where the sun does not shine.
 

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Glad you were able to hang on. I've twice successfully straightened rims with a a dead blow hammer on leather cushioned rims and put thousands of miles on them afterward. Of course I absolve myself of any and all responsibility and liability if you do this. F*#@ing lawyers.
 
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Glad to see you made it out in one piece. The same thing happened to me several months ago. Riding home at night on the freeway and big chunck of steel says hello to me. Was able to ride away as well but this stuff is a bummer.

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I ordered new wheels, bearings, axles etc. from Pro Caliber but at that time they were backordered 3 months and were supposed to arrive on December 24. Well they came almost 2 months early and I have been riding ever since.
Got the old wheels repaired for $170 each. Many people to choose from to do the work.

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Glad to see you made it out in one piece. The same thing happened to me several months ago. Riding home at night on the freeway and big chunck of steel says hello to me. Was able to ride away as well but this stuff is a bummer.

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I ordered new wheels, bearings, axles etc. from Pro Caliber but at that time they were backordered 3 months and were supposed to arrive on December 24. Well they came almost 2 months early and I have been riding ever since.
Got the old wheels repaired for $170 each. Many people to choose from to do the work.

OEM Yamaha Parts, Buy Yamaha Parts for Sale | Pro Caliber

Good luck
Wow Jeff thats an ugly batter. Glad you kept it on the rubber too.

I guess you could say that surfing is a little safer than riding.

Lets see: Water is softer than pavement. Would rather get run over by a dweeb in the lineup than a 6000 lb car. Would rather run over a dweeb in the lineup than a chunk of steel or a log in the road.

But..... on the road you don't have to wonder about where big ****** is. You can almost always ride regardless of the conditions, unlike the ocean which can be flat or totally blown out... or full of crap like after a big rain.
 

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That is one relaxing video until "the moment". Roger Ebert would give it two thumbs up for the surreal impact.
Like everyone else have said, I must add...you are one lucky fellow.

Go get those rims straightened, if you can't wait on OEM wheels.
 

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So far there are two instances of both wheels being severely damaged by road debris. I wonder if Yamaha has made these wheels light weight at the expense of durabillity. Three of the rim edges seem to contour to the shape of object rather then just a get a flat spot from the object like most wheels I've seen do. Any thoughts?
 

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The rims I took off I was able to pound the bead back enough with a Rubber Mallet enough to hold air. I would not ride with them I just did it as a test until they were repaired. So this is my first street bike and my opinion may be "rookie" at best but they seem really thin and soft. My experience is with dirtbikes and if I were to compare both wheels strength wise here is a good example. If the FZ wheels were on the DB and I was riding a high speed wash and came upon a small gallon jug size rock they would have received the same damage. If I had it the roles reversed and DB wheels on the FZ I feel it would have been minimal damage. And NO you cant pound back DB wheels with a mallet.

So YES they are freakin weak for a 415lb machine.
Hit a curb the wrong way even at low speed and these wheels are going to smile the opposite direction.
 
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The rims I took off I was able to pound the bead back enough with a Rubber Mallet enough to hold air. I would not ride with them I just did it as a test until they were repaired. So this is my first street bike and my opinion may be "rookie" at best but they seem really thin and soft. My experience is with dirtbikes and if I were to compare both wheels strength wise here is a good example. If the FZ wheels were on the DB and I was riding a high speed wash and came upon a small gallon jug size rock they would have received the same damage. If I had it the roles reversed and DB wheels on the FZ I feel it would have been minimal damage. And NO you cant pound back DB wheels with a mallet.

So YES they are freakin weak for a 415lb machine.
Hit a curb the wrong way even at low speed and these wheels are going to smile the opposite direction.
Exactly what I was thinking. On other cast Yamaha wheels I've straightened I had to really wail on them with a dead blow hammer from over my head, striking them 30+ times to get them straight. I've only seen wheels flat sided after striking a road hazard until these FZ09 wheels. Yamaha may have trimmed the wheels of enough material to acheive light weight that their strengh was reduced. It appears these same wheels are on the 2015 adventure models. Those forum members considering taking their bikes off road should take wheel strength, or lack of it, into consideration.

Anyone else bend bend wheels?
 

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And if they made them heavier everyone would be complaining about heavy wheels. No matter what Yamaha does someone will find something to complain about.

How heavy would a wheel have to be to not incur any damage from an impact in which the rider almost crashes??? Did the fact that the wheels absorbed some of the energy of the impact help prevent the rider from crashing?

Take a look at vehicle design and you will see many instances in which parts were designed to flex or crush and absorb impact that otherwise would be transferred directly to the driver/rider.

I am confident Yamaha will continue to design their products by folks with real degrees.
I don't see Yamaha touting their new sacrificial, impact absorbing wheels as a new industry first safety innovation or that the ownership cost of this safety innovation is the price of a new set (both) wheel after hitting a road hazard.

The new Yamaha rims assumed the shape of the object they hit and probably lost the ability to hold air by doing so, or so it appears. I don't know if this is a safety feature and neither do you, bmacz06. It may be the result of a design shortcoming in the effort to reduce wheels weight. I would have felt more comfortable seeing the new wheels flat side and continue to hold air, like previous designs, instead of the catastrophic damage both wheels suffered. As an early adopter, I will continue to monitor wheel damage on our bikes as it is a new design. What I won't do is confidently assume that the Yamaha Motor Corporation won't/can't make a mistake.

How many recalls and service bulletins on our bikes have there been to date?
 
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