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The bike shop called. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
The bike shop called.
$1000 to fix the engine. On top of the $300 to put new tires on it.

I only paid $2200 for it total, so I can't see fixing it.

This wasn't supposed to happen this fast. I was supposed to have time to prepare for it.

Current Mood: crushed crushed

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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

repair vs replace

Comparing $1000 to $2200 is not that helpful - the latter is a sunk cost. Consider instead where $1000 would be better spent: repairing your bike, or buying *one half* of a replacement.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 14th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: repair vs replace

Well, 1/5th of a replacement. Because I'm not going to buy another Blast.
the_carrot From: the_carrot Date: June 15th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd fix the bike. $1300 is a LOT cheaper than a new bike.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: June 15th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You might want to consider doing the head gasket yourself - I bet you've got all the tools you need, and a new head gasket can't be more than $30. I've done the head gasket (twice!) on a 4-cylinder car engine and it's not such a bad job (the head came off due to burnt valves - the gasket itself was OK, but if you take the head off you've got to replace it). I don't remember it taking an inordinate amount of time to do (and that included fitting a new (well second hand) valve and grinding all the valves in).
oshawapilot From: oshawapilot Date: June 16th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to say the same thing...why not replace it yourself?

Yes, the "optional" work would be nice (unless its not "optional" afterall) but the new gasket would get you back up and running.

I've seen your handywork on planes firsthand...so replacing a head gasket on an air cooled motorcycle engine is pretty simple stuff that you'll probably have no issues with.

Looks like a fun bike, and with only ~5000 miles, its still got lots of life left.....besides, you won't likely get much for it in its current condition.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 16th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the current plan. The service manual's on order, and I'm bringing her home from the shop tomorrow. Now, I just have to clean out space in the hanger...
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

This's Robert..!!

The bike is almost new. No need to change the rings or adjust valves yet, Those engines are bullet proof.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 20th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool. Come talk to me about it one day this week when you have some time. :)
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