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While competing in a race for AMA sanctioned Motorcycle Roadracing Club Dan Sallis (MRA #63, AMA Superstock #48) crashed in turn one while Pikes Peak International Raceway. Dan was riding the 2005 1Tail.com Suzuki GSXR when the front simply washed out entering turn one. "I am not sure what happened because I was taking it easy and just cruising. I was comming up on a lapper and setting up to pass him on the outside when the front just went away." said Dan. Dan was in 3rd place when the crash occurred and he had been in running as high as 2nd in the race.

Upon taking a closer look at the damaged Suzuki frame it is clear that the weld was inadequate as indicated by the photographs below. The break in right down the middle of the weld. Futhermore, when one takes a closer look at the weld it is clear that the weld had zero penetration for the majority of the welded area. "This all makes perfect sense now. This thing came apart on me at the top of turn one just as I was counter steering at well over 100 miles an hour entering the turn."

Current owners of the 2005 Suzuki GSXR 1000 may want to have their frame welds inspected for defects.

1Tail.com will present the broken frame for inspection to the director of roadracing for the AMA at the event at PPIR later today.



 

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been reading this everywhere now.....just ride and pray.it could be a 1 in a million case scenario. Every model seems to have its flaws yamaha suzuki kawasaki...you name it it there. will see what suzuki have to say about this one incident eh
 

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I wonder how many times this frame was ridden on before it failed? Or if it was dumped before?
 

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Look it was late on Friday and the guys were heading out for some saki, so I thought nobody would notice if I used the JBquick weld instead of the normal JBweld.
Plus that guy needs to be a 'bit' smoother with his riding, Mr. 'I counter steered until the frame broke' Racer.
 
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