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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I hope I made the right decision...

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.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 12:31 PM
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Sorry about your situation. Here's a used one with low mileage http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...4506.m20.l1116

I'm cheap, so it didn't take me very long to decide I needed to acquire some mechanical skills. With a manual, it really isn't that hard. If you have a manual, read through the sections on evaluating the stator rotor and see if your's fits the bill. If not, consider the used one. If you don't have a manual, get one.

If you continue to use the shop, in the future, I would tell them you want to sleep on it for a few days, outline your problem here, and get some advice from the folks that know this bike the best. You'll have a more sound basis upon which to base your decision.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Great advice! I wish I wasn't in such a rush to get the thing back.

I have a Clymer manual and am not afraid to do the work, but I'm learning that this will have to be a winter project so it's on the road again for next season! Such a disappointment!!! It was heartbreaking to watch her go down, and now that there is light at the end of the tunnel I hope not to repeat the impulse.
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I would recommend looking for a garage buddy. Someone else in your area who likes to tinker and is at about (or hopefully above) your level. I do that w/ several people. I have one guy who knows way more than me who is my guru. He helps me on occassion (I pay him, but a fracition of what he gets at his job at a shop) and in turn I help others whom I have more knowledge than. I also offer up my garage space to those who don't have room, so long as it's a day or two project.

There are other folks in your situation. Post on Craigslist and try to find one near you!


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Just pay to fix it. With 500 hrs a week at work, you got plenty of money. Go for it.

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Either the rotor will work or it won't, if it works now it will keep on working.


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I'm in Reynoldsburg. I've talked to a couple guys on here who are fairly local, but still time is more the issue over the cost! A garage buddy is an awesome Idea.. perhaps that's the way to go!
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I die a little more inside each day. I've reached a point where my soul is aching to be back on 2 wheels. It's just wrong! Not only am I still waiting, but they have no ability to give me a time estimate. The pipes and jet kit are still in transit and once they come in, who knows how they prioritize what bikes get what attention!

I hate hate hate not having my bike. It's weird how even though she wasn't running, even having her in the garage gave me peace of mind. Not now. She's gone. And it's as if every other bike on the road is taunting me and their riders almost KNOW how bad it hurts inside... and still I wait.

The shop is closed today, and still I wait. I try not to be a thorn in their side, so I fight the urge to call any more- They know my voice now I'm afraid. I just can't take it. It's harder each day not to say "screw responsibility" and go neck deep in debt on a huge new cruiser and even huger payment! I hope she comes home soon
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I have several bike so I can ride one while wrenching the other and the same with cars. Two cars so I can let one sit until I'm ready to fix it. And if the second car quits I still have my truck.

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