Motorcycle Wheel Straightening: How to Fix a Bent Rim

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Motorcycle wheel straightening is a process that can be used to get your bent motorcycle rim back into shape. This blog post will go over the basics of what you need to know about this process, and how it works. It also goes through some possible causes for bent rims, and suggests ways to fix them so they don’t happen again!

But first, we often get asked the question ‘can you straighten a motorcycle wheel’? To which the answer is almost always: yes, you can! There are a few different ways to go about this process, and the right way will depend on what type of rim your motorcycle has. If it’s an aluminum wheel then there is a good chance that bending the rim back into shape should be relatively easy.

Depending on the reason your wheel is not straight, how bent your rims are or what your wheels are made out of will determine whether or not this is a job for the mechanic or yourself.

How to fix your bent rims yourself:

Step One

Check the cause of your bent rim. Is it a result of an accident? If so, then you shouldn’t waste time with this article and instead should take your wheels to see if they can be fixed at a local motorcycle shop or place that specializes in such work. There are some things which just cannot be done by yourself.

However, if your bent rim is the result of a more gradual process (such as too much weight on one side of the bike), then there is a good chance that bending the rim back into shape should be relatively easy. For this reason, it’s worth looking at some ways to do just that before you take them off to a professional for repair.

Step Two

Remove the wheel from your motorcycle and place it on a flat surface like a table, bench, or workbench. Clean off any dirt that’s accumulated with some warm soapy water (you can use dishwashing liquid or degreaser) to make sure you’re starting out with clean metal surfaces in order to avoid getting dirt trapped in the rim.

Step Three

Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the wheel back into shape, working from one side of the bend to the other so as not to cause damage on any parts of your motorcycle rims that are already straight or which have been damaged by previous accidents. When you’re done it should be as straight or a little straighter than it was before.

Step Four

Remove the wheel from its original place and try turning it to see if you’ve fixed the bend. If there is still an issue, repeat steps two, three, and four on the other side until both sides are aligned with one another. Once this has been done, use the rubber mallet to gently tap in any final corrections.


You should see a noticeable difference in how straight your bike’s wheels are when you’re done with this process, and it should be as close or closer than before you started.

This is a way to fix bent wheels on a motorcycle without needing to buy new parts or having an expert do it for you! Follow these steps and let your bike sit overnight in order to make sure the wheel has enough time to cool off before riding it again. This process can be done by anyone who’s willing and will be done in under an hour.

You can also read more about how to fix a bent motorcycle wheel on our blog or in the comments section below!

DISCLAIMER: if you are unsure about repairing your motorcycle yourself, please seek professional advice. This advice is general in nature and should not be used as a professional opinion.

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