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My 10 year old Yamaha Super Tenere 750 has been off the road for a while as when I got it I learned it had had a bad crash which bent the frame. The rest all works, so I plan to take it to a garage to get it straightened. Apparently this will involve putting it in a jig and pulling it back into shape, then redoing the welds at the front.

Should I be concerned and ride this bike carefully, or even get rid of it? Or is it something that is generally considered a full repair.

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If it's a reputable shop doing it, I'd get it fixed and ride it. If done properly frame repairs can be just fine. It's just if they're NOT done properly that it can be an issue.

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The only suggestion I can add to this is to check into the cost of either a good used frame with paperwork or a replacement frame. My guess is that the latter is probably prohibitively expensive, but it might work out cheaper to find an unbent used frame and rebuild the bike around that. –  Timo Geusch Aug 8 '12 at 19:32
@Timo - I hadn't thought of a used frame - will look at costs. Thanks. –  Rory Alsop Aug 9 '12 at 9:41
Be careful when buying a used frame, especially on E-Bay. Many look good but are bent due to an accident which led to the bike being parted out in the first place. I'm into older BMW /2 & /5's and many buy frames that are supposedly good yet are bent when checked out in person. They don't give refunds on used vehicle parts either. –  user3276 Jun 11 '13 at 18:02

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