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post #21 of 136 Old 10-31-2018, 05:09 PM
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I do like the look of that VRF Crosstourer but insurance rates here are ridiculously high and tied to engine displacement. It's way cheaper to insure a 650 than a 1200.
Hijack Alert!!! Stupid ICBC, insurance rates tied to displacement and not to horsepower on motorcycles. I was once told that there are several examples of smaller displacement motorcycles with more HP than some larger displacement bikes.
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The 2012 and newer, at least to 2016, DL 650 has much higher insurance rates than the older DL 650's. Why cannot be explained by any insurer I checked with.

I pay more for the 2012 DL 650 in insurance for the same exact coverage than I do for the 2014 BMW R 1200 RT!

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I can insure my Tacoma for what it costs me to insure the Vee. My DRZ is peanuts.

And now I have to go add insurance to the Tacoma so I can use it to go back and forth to work. It's currently insured only for "pleasure use."

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Fired it up when I got home from work this afternoon. The leak is definitely from the top of the base gasket. I can watch the coolant well up there as the engine warms up. It is not from anywhere else. Hard to see in the photo, other than a little bit of green. You can't see, but further back, in the hollow where the head turns upwards, there is a big pool of coolant. That's where the breach is.

Crash bars and plastics off.

Fool around with the diagnostics plug a bit in the morning to see what's up with the TPS before I start breaking it down.

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Didn't watch the game but I bet those dam Canuckulheads switched to golf clubs for the third period. Sigh

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With that many miles, just swap out the motor. You can paint the frame at the same time and go over everything, do all the bearings etc.
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I'd suggest that as well if you can find a motor. It's not that it isn't repairable but the effort and cost may well be near the same.
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With that many miles, just swap out the motor. You can paint the frame at the same time and go over everything, do all the bearings etc.

Meh.....new bike over all that work/hassle, but hey that's just me.
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"new bike over all that work/hassle,"

Lucky you. Not everyone's wallet is as fat as yours!
Find a running salvage bike. Sometimes you can score one at a good price.
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I would attempt to repair this instead of sourcing and fitting a salvage engine. A good engine is $6-800 I figure. A lot more work to install the engine properly than you might think, engine mount torquing needs to be done just right on these.

Since I am pretty sure the front head can be removed while the engine is in the frame, this job won't take all that long. If this is simply the gasket failing and not a problem with the castings the repair should be permanent. We know these engines can run well into the 100,000+ range with no problems.

A gasket set and maybe a couple new hoses and other goodies is cheap compared to other directions to go.
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