Story of a totaled 2006 GSA

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Britome, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    For short tests you really don't need an oil cooler. Bypass that sucker if you can.
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  2. Britome

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    Good call. However, I have a line on a place today that will do it while I wait. I'll keep u posted.
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  3. genka

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    There is a guy on ebay selling reinforced tabs for the handguards.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/bul-rider/m.html?item=280902589363&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

    What is your insurance company? $2600 was an excellent deal. When I totaled a Guzzi with the book value of $6800 (even less in reality), they wanted $2700 buy back non-negotiable.
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    Radiator shop couldn't help. Had to go to someone who could weld aluminum. Both mounts had pressure on them that caused the rivets to stress and cause leaks. It pressure tested fine. We will see what it is like on the bike at high rpm's.

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  6. Britome

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    Put the cooler back on and ran it through the paces. The bike performs great. Only bummer is that I'm noticing oil dripage.

    Not sure if it is left over from the quart that got sprayed all over the bike or if I still have a small pinhole leak in the oil cooler or if there is another gasket somewhere that got dislodged.

    Next step is to put the throttle lock on with a fan blowing on the front of the engine while looking closely for potential leaks. [​IMG]
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  7. Britome

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    5 minutes at 4k rpm and it Looks like the oil cooler weld is good and all the oil is from the quart that was sprayed and dripping lower. Odd thing is I have one persistent drop (not drip) that accumulates on the oil line where the metal meets the rubber. Not sure if i should be concerned.

    I really don't want to spend hundreds on a new line, even though finances are looking strong.

    Opinions?
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  8. Britome

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    Thought I was winding stuff down and the. Found this crack on the license plate mount. Found a used one. Should have zip tied the old one. This was the most tedious and frustrating thing thus far. [​IMG]
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    Auto parts stores sell a two part epoxy designed for welding plastic. It works great!
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    Thx but too late!
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    Did a few upgrades to the bike. The covers and the extensions. Had I had the extensions, I believe the damage would have been far less extensive. I put these on my son's bike and have ordered a pair for mine.
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  12. Britome

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    Noticed that my gap on the left side between the cooler and the bar isn't as much as the right side. I took the precaution of zip tying some rubber in case they touch.
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    This was a result of a calculated risk to not replace the front extension frame. It saved me hundreds. If you look closely at the plastics when bolted on, you could maybe notice a discrepancy in some of the gaps. However, it looks good and is functional for a bike that has a salvaged title.
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  13. Unstable Rider

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    Great original post brother. Glad the pilot is ok, right?

    Very neat project on a great bike. The end result will be something you know more about than you might have ever cared to, but there will be more attachment and appreciation for the beast as a result, me thinks :deal

    Remember, safety first, wear protection & keep us updated.....
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    Thx, bro. My son was riding to work on a 25 degree morning. On a curve, he low sided. The bike skid and hit a curb which threw it upright into a tree. He was geared up except for jeans which afforded a small scrape on his left knee. He is fine.

    I did this post because I was looking for such a post and couldn't find one. I hope that in the future someone faced with a similar decision can learn.

    Yes..major benefits to rebuilding your own bike. Ill talk about this in a concluding post where I highlight finances, total parts list and learnings.
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  15. Britome

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    I'm finally done buying parts. Here is an exhaustive list of all expenditures (new parts and used). In upcoming posts ill share finances and big learnings. I am including all of this not because I want Internet fame but because I couldn't find something like this when I needed it. I hope someone down the line profits from this project. Here is Learning #1: There are ALWAYS MORE PARTS NEEDED THAN YOU EXPECT!

    Right side trim
    Bmw Badge
    Front fender
    Spark plug cover
    4- ISA screws for valve cover
    Fork Stantion
    Guide Bush for slider
    Gasket Ring for slider
    Windshield bracket left
    Windshield bracket right
    Handlebar grip left
    Set of hand protectors and hardware
    Throttle cable
    Painted beak panel
    2mirrors
    Handlebars
    Left lower crash bar
    Right lower crash bar
    Left valve guard
    right deflector singlet
    Windscreen bolt
    Inner and outer gaskets
    Front wheel rebuild from woody's
    Front abs sensor
    Adv Design crash bar extensions
    Right and left switches
    Clamps
    Oil Cooler (in transit but may not use)
    Left side Coil
    Machine art Moto Head covers and mud guard
    200$ Professional Tech Labor to initially assess and coach
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    After running the bike for 100 high rpm miles I have good news and bad news. The bike has truly never run better. However there is some micro pinhole in the bottom of the oil cooler that I can't even see. I know it is there because I wrapped and zip tied paper towels around various segments of the oil system. I had seepage in the fore mentioned area.

    I have a used cooler on the way. I just wish I hadn't wasted money at the welder.
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    Dang!

    That is good yet baad. :D :cry

    At least you know the end solution to the problem by the sounds of it.

    That is excellent that it's running well--that would be gratifying.
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    Yes. You are right. I was a bit bummed but then realized that the biggest X Factors (bad engine damage, bike pulling because of unseen bent elements, etc.) were passed with flying colors. I should be ecstatic with the grand picture in mind.
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    Finally got the new oil cooler from England. I hope to have it on tomorrow.
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    The rat bastard from England sent me a cooler that has a mount bent! It obviously is off of another wrecked bike. He told me it was a rear end collision. I'm pressure testing it to see if it leaks while bitching for a refund.
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