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Old 05-15-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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Eh? I need some serious advice from you guys

I have a 1970s bmw airhead
I had an accident on my bike (landed in a ditch), from what I could see it looked like the bike just had a bent front wheel.
I took it to a shop, they email me back saying the bike has damages costing more then the bike itself, over 5000$. They say the frame and fork are bent and the bikes a total loss. What should I do ? I could sell it but who wants to buy a totaled bike?
This is heartbreaking. I still want to ride but I put all my money into this bike. I need options here cause I Don't see any.

also, if i do sell it how much should i ask for?
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that, first off, but welcome to the forum.

Secondly, do you have collision on your insurance? If so then it sounds totaled and you should get some money back after the deductible. If no, I hope you learn your lesson next time you put a bunch of money into a bike.

I'd get a second opinion if I were you, but I don't know why they would lie, your only hope is they are incompetent in their analysis. You can always part the bike out as a last resort.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:43 PM   #3
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Wrong forum

you need to get the mods to move this.

1) part it out.
2) take some initiative and fix it yourself. It will give you an intimate knowledge of your bike).
3) Sell it as is at a reduced price.

Recommend you do some research before just coming to a board and asking what to do - you're going to get a lot of answers. What do you want to do? How much do you want the bike back?
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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It doesn't take much to total out a 70's Airhead. They just aren't worth much unless they are perfect and pristine, you are beyond that now.

Not matter what you do you will put more into it than it's worth. Think about that. Is that what you want to do?

If you have insurance, take the payoff and run. If you CAN buy it back cheap you can make some additional money by parting it out.

It IS rebuildable, frames can be straightened, new forks and sheetmetal but again, you'll spend way more than it's worth AND have a salvage title, not good for resale or securing insurance.

Pays your money and takes your chances...
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