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    My Son was Rear-Ended by an SUV

    My son was rear-ended by an SUV the other day while on his CB500X. Fortunately, he was watching, saw her coming and pulled forward so the impact was gentle. He did not go down and was not injured.

    There was some minor damage to the fender extension. The lady driving the SUV is going to pay to fix it.

    In any event, she also impacted the rack we added to the back of the bike to hold the Givi top case with sufficient force to knock the Mercedes emblem off the SUV.

    Since it was a fairly gentle impact, I am thinking that it is unlikely that there is any damage to the bike frame. Should we have that checked? Is there anything we should look for? Is it possible that such an impact could crack a frame? It seems plausible that even a fairly gentle impact could cause damage when the force is in a direction the frame was not built to withstand.

    Thoughts?

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    Ouch! sorry to hear that, I know what it feels like. Inspect the frame closely for tiny cracks in the paint coating, the metal will bend but the paint won't.

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    Sorry to hear this but very relieved it was minor after reading that headline! Was expecting something much worse

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    Check rear wheel integrity, as it transfers energy to the swing arm, then to the frame jct. You are correct, the frame isn't designed to withstand "crashability" like in cars.

    Glad to hear your son is unhurt as rear end collisions with SUV's can be particularly brutal.
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    Glad he's not hurt. Sounds like a good crash, as such things go.

    It looks like there are two small diameter tubes that extend right down inside the rear fender. This looks weak in the direction of a rear impact.


    I'd start looking for cracks where those vertical tubes are welded into the main frame. A sharp corner like that acts as a stress concentration and will tend to crack before the large radius bends in the tubes.


    Also check around bolt holes, welded-on tabs, and any other hardware attachments.

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    Glad your son's not hurt. But, check for whiplash symptoms that might not show up immediately.
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    Thanks for the useful comments. I have passed them along to my son.

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    Much better outcome than expected based on the thread title. Good to hear he's okay.

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    Good on him for watching his rear....not enough people do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derick View Post
    Good on him for watching his rear....not enough people do that.
    I'm glad your son is OK, and ditto on Derick's comment, great observation to the rear! Good luck with any repairs.

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