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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
"This is my first bike, and I have yet to find another bike that I enjoy more all around (though the Triumph Legend TT is more fun, but not as comfortable living with). I don't want to replace it. After all the time and money I'm investing in this bike, I have no plans to risk damage! The bike may be worth $1000 or so on the market, but it's worth a whole lot more to me!
I understand the risks, and I appreciate the concerns. I plan to proceed with great caution"
Good idea. Too bad about the bike being wrecked. Glad you are ok. I have never crashed a street bike. If I did, and survived, I would not want the bike anymore. I bought one beater street bike (1980 Suzuki GS450L) that had obviously been dropped many times. Handlebars were bent, forks were bent, sidestand bracket was broke off, lots of scrapes and gouges. 36,000 miles and ran perfect. I turned it into a rat bike and rode it to work for almost 7 years. I got used to riding it with the bent bars and forks. But I never took it that seriously. I knew it was junk, and actually kind of liked that.
I spent $2700 for a low mileage 1997 Vulcan 750 several months ago to replace my bought new 2002 which finally bit the dust at 118,000 miles due to a cam chain failure.
I saw something about a tuxedo mod in your post. If there is one thing I would absolutely NOT recommend doing, that would be it, unless the engine is out, you have the left case cover off, and some distance from the bike. Doing it with the cover on the engine will fill your engine full of metal shavings, and do catastrophic damage. When I pull the cover off an engine, I go to extremes to keep dirt, even dust floating around in the air, from getting inside the engine. This is not just me. Ask ANY mechanic about the advisability of dumping ground up metal into an engine. When building/rebuilding/repairing an engine, keeping the inside spotlessly clean is probably the most important thing you can do.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike