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post #1 of 27 Old 04-18-2017, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Crashed... Fix fairings or go naked?

So I rear ended a guy last week... Not alot of damage, just a bruise on my leg for me, but the whole front subframe got bent and the left side fairings are all broken. I have looked on ebay, but the fairings are all pretty expensive. I am considering my options in terms of getting it back on the road, so I'd love to hear y'alls opinions on the best road forward.

This is my first post here in quite a while as I was busy getting married. As such, I now have a monthly budget and someone that says no when I want to buy stuff for my motorcycles...

I commute on the highway, so a front windscreen is a requirement, so if I go "naked", I have to replace the front with some kind of screen/wind block.

The pic below doesn't look like there's much damage, but the dash apron is shattered, and most all the mount points are broken off.

Anyway, what are y'alls thoughts?

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Did you have it inspected? is it safe to ride? Your insurance didn't cover it?

If is OK to ride, I would get started replacing things, get it all back together and sell it. Buy a new one.

If your insurance won't cover it, it will cost you more, but I would still say fix it up. Nobody will want to buy an obviously smashed bike.
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Did you get the front forks checked? Doesn't take much to bend them.

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See what you can find on ebay. 2002 may be a bit difficult but there must be stuff out there. If you can't find 2002 see if you can replace some of the parts with later versions, need to check parts numbers to see if they would fit.

Ask if anybody has grafted a 2003 or newer front end to the 2002. It all comes off with just 2 bolts. As long as you can fit you original instrument panel, not sure if that is the same size/ shape, it would be an easy change and then you have a lot of options for screens etc. much easier than finding a good screen for the 2002 I would think.

If nothing works also check for salvage auctions. You may be lucky to get a bike that has the missing items you need.

In the meantime epoxy the broken parts back together. That buys you time to hunt for the parts you need. My used 2004 WEE was a re-built salvage and I replaced the tank and the left cover over time with less damaged parts. Now there are normally plenty of used parts given the age of these bikes.

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" Nobody will want to buy an obviously smashed bike."

Not so, I got a slightly bent Wee from Iamsmiling. Great price though. still a WIP
When I crashed my 04 Wee I found new parts on line and got used stuff from some good members here. Take your time if you can and you will find stuff.
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If it is safe to ride / and you need it to get to work / patch up the instrument mounts with some aluminum strips and pop rivets. You can do the same thing with any flapping fairing parts, aluminum straps held with pop rivets. Ugly (that keeps you riding to work while you source all the parts) is beautiful.
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NVDucati has seen my dash surround! The instrument cluster mounts had all broken off but some JB Weld made them all better again.
Guy at work used to Duck Tape the fenders back on his VW bug. Don't be so picky!
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A 2K2 DL1000 with 75K does not have a ton of value. In mint condition, retail value is just over 3K. Since your bike was crashed and you are not a dealer, you can never expect to get that kind of money.

My advice is to ensure the bike is safe to ride. If it is safe or can be fixed relatively cheap, then do so and ride it. Forget the "pretty factor" unless you can find someone selling parts cheap. Of course this is just my opinion.

If it is not safe to ride and will cost more than 2K to get you there, find a used one and keep this one for parts.
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If you are keeping it I would go naked. I'd love a strom with a traditional round headlight and no fairing.
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A 2K2 DL1000 with 75K does not have a ton of value. In mint condition, retail value is just over 3K. Since your bike was crashed and you are not a dealer, you can never expect to get that kind of money.

My advice is to ensure the bike is safe to ride. If it is safe or can be fixed relatively cheap, then do so and ride it. Forget the "pretty factor" unless you can find someone selling parts cheap. Of course this is just my opinion.

If it is not safe to ride and will cost more than 2K to get you there, find a used one and keep this one for parts.
$3K? good luck, I have had an '09 with <30K miles in minty condition for sale @ $3500 for a couple of months.....no takers. Dealer offered $2500 on a trade for a DR650.....not gonna happen. The 1st Gen used market is depressed which is depressing for the sellers.....
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