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Old 10-06-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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How many miles are too many?

I bought my bike three years ago this month with 13k miles; wrecked twice. It's been ridden nearly daily and wrecked again. I don't have an odometer, so I don't know EXACTLY how many miles the bike has. I estimate the bike to have around 60k miles now.

So - just today I was told that my battery isn't holding a charge and the fork seal may be leaking and I was told that I should take it in for a full blown check up.

It's been on the lift for three weeks now, and I'm going crazy missing it.

Realistically, how much should I put into fixing/repairing it? Until it's looked at I won't know what it needs.
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Batteries and seals are wear items. As long as the motor is healthy the rest is repairable..
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get this and put a some fairings on...6k total
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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get this and put a some fairings on...6k total
I would love a Ducati 848, but I don't know if I can lower it easily. Oh, and I don't have $6k.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:21 PM   #5
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Batteries and seals are wear items. As long as the motor is healthy the rest is repairable..
That's what I was thinking, too, but I won't know until I take it in somewhere.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:31 PM   #6
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you can lower it pretty easily, friend of mine lowered his....
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Yes, but how much? My SV is about 4" lower than stock. And I can still only tiptoe.

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i have a left fork leg for a 2nd gen sv if you need it
Thanks, but I have an '04 GSXR 1k front end.
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Fork seals are easy. Batteries are easier. Fix the obvious then have it looked over if you feel the need.


I've got two bikes that were "totalled" and I still ride them.
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I've got two bikes that were "totalled" and I still ride them.
Haha. I'm sure the SV has been 'totalled' all three times. Luckily, it doesn't have plastics! Thanks.

The battery is spending the night at the shop to test for it's liveliness, the fork seals will have to be fixed by a pro, though.
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Realistically, how much should I put into fixing/repairing it? Until it's looked at I won't know what it needs.
Realistically, thats a question only you can answer.
Who says it needs a "full blown checkup"? What other problems does it have?

Fork seals and batteries are bumps in the road for a daily ridden bike.
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Use the search function. The how many miles is too many question has come up before

I'm over 95,000 and still going strong...oh wait, you don't have a Honda do you? Never mind, get rid of her.
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battery, very roughly $100. batteries are only warrantied for a year or two. if you have never replaced the battery in the three years, you were definatly on borrowed time. dont see it as a bad thing, you got some extra life out of it, its like you won the lottery! ...except you have to pay $100? lol. (also, its a good thing if the problem is the battery...if it isnt, that would mean more expensive problems in the charging system) you can put the battery in yourself. just buy it over the counter in the parts department, they should fill and charge it for you.

fork seals. consists of...$20 each for 2 oil seals, $20 each for 2 dust seals. so $80 in parts (roughly). also assuming you get both done at the same time, here. make sure they know you have the different front end, as there is a good chance they need different seals. labor is probably an hour. parts + labor + tax + shenanigans will probably run just under $200. have this done by a pro, or someone on the board that really knows their .

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Realistically, how much should I put into fixing/repairing it? Until it's looked at I won't know what it needs.
aside from the above, its hard to say. a well maintained bike can last forever...in the real world, i think there does come a time when it isnt cost effective to do so for a daily rider. if battery and fork seals are all it needs, its definatly not time to shoot the horse, lol. thats nothing.

when that time comes is different for every bike i guess. how well its maintained, how much you paid for it etc...

now might be a good time to consider how much you paid for it, what you have put in (not counting normal maintanence) and figure out what your monthly cost of ownership is/has been. compare that to taking on a note for a new one. think about how much you could sell your bike for, what you could buy cash new or used, and how long those bike would last you, etc...

sometimes its better to just keep a paid-for bike over getting a different used bike. at least you KNOW what issues your bike has, and if you can take care of the list...you should have a good running bike for quite a while.
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i tend to take a lot of what shops tell me with a grain of salt. more like a can of salt. its good to have an idea of what issues might be there...but most shops tend to "fish" for something to fix, especially if they arent very busy. they also over charge like a in my opinion. sometimes ill take my cars for checkups and they'll quote me some astronomical price. ill take it home, use google and to do the repair myself for 5% of the cost they quoted me....bike shops are really no different. (trust me i know, ive worked at 3 motorcycle dealers and 2 other shops) but dont get me started.
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Fork Seals and batteries are going to go, Just something ou have to do. As stated, get online and order the OEM fork seals, dust seals and you will be set. I have a guy on the SE side that can put them in for a good price. Other than that miles shouldnt matter if the bike has been maintained. From the build and other things, it looks and sounds like you have done your part in taking care of the bike. Oil, Filter, Battery, Air Filter stays clean.. You should be able to put MANY miles on that bike. Repair cost can be a , like Chris said sometimes they actually try and rape customers, and thats just not cool.
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Chad did my buddies fork seals for about $100 in labor, battery can be had for $60 and just keep riding. If you keep fresh oil in it and arent doing 5 mile wheelies those SV motors can last quite a while, like everyone else said, just repair, ride and never look back!
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