Okay.. so I just came from the shop where my baby is undergoing some extensive work. The Stator replacement is done and they called me in to look at the rotor to decide if we would replace it or not. Now I've said a million times, I'm not a mechanic-I'm a tech geek! So me looking at this thing was pretty much pointless. He could have shown me a carburettor and I'd have believed it to be the rotor... Anyway, we discussed the small pieces of magnet missing from the rotor, and some minor scoring on the outside of it. Then we discussed prices and the fact that they could not find an after market part and the factory part was $300!! After a little more thought, I decided the rotor was a chance I am willing to take, and if it craps out, I can just push the damn thing off a cliff!! I told them they could get my money, but I wanted to throw some V&H Cruisers on it instead of a factory rotor...
So here it is, early August and my poor bike has been a paperweight since April! The man tells me just over $1600 out the door
By this time, I have apparently become riddled with riding fever and just told the man to make it happen.. price be damned! Now I have to wait another week and hopefully will be back in the saddle!
Still lots I want to do to her if she holds up but this experience has taught me I HAVE To learn to start working on this thing on my own. The labor is the killer, the prices for the parts were fairly reasonable. I just work 500 hours a week and have a demanding family so it's extremely difficult to have the time.. and the fact that my wife STILL hasn't cleared the crap out of my garage from the yard sale she had in June which was supposed to be gone before July!!!
Ok. Sorry for whining, but I needed to vent before I explode. I really hope this money is wisely spent. It was awful discouraging to have had this conversation:
Me: So, if this were your bike what would you do with the rotor?
Mechanic#1: I think it would be fine.. no need to replace it for the price they want.
Mechanic#2: SELL IT!!
I was not amused.