How much is my bike worth? Oil leak.
This is a weird post but I really need some advice here. I’ve had my 2005 DL1000 for a year now and sadly have run into a lot of issues. I think I need to sell it but am not sure how to value it because of some really significant “cons” that work against the “pros.”
I bought it at 38k miles, it was running good, looked clean, and fully loaded with full Happy Trails racks and side boxes and top case and engine guards and bash guard, Two Brothers exhaust etc. It was a luxury bike for me and I paid $4,000 for it, which is about what they go for on Craigslist in the LA area.
At about 41k miles, I went to change the oil and found that the drain hole threading was stripped and hand loctite on there. Long story short, I tried to rethread it and put a crack in the motor (which btw ruined my summer). My mechanic recommended me to his buddy who is a welder and mostly works on turbos and is great at welding aluminum. His welds fixed the crack and he rethreaded it. The crack didn’t leak but the threads had a slow leak (few drops per day). I was just glad the bike was running again as I could deal with the oil leak by being careful. The job cost me $600.
At about 44k, bike stopped idling. Took it to mechanic and he took the bike apart to diagnose everything and he told me the Power Commander 3 has gone bad but it runs just fine without it on, so I asked him to take it off. I also asked him to do a full service on the bike (air filter, spark plugs, throttle bodies, all fluids, all lubing, fresh rear brake pads). And THEN, after all this, I am now experiencig the surge” or “the bog” that this motor is known for right between the 3-4k RPM range. I think the Power Commander was masking the surge problem. So after the $600 repair + full service, I am feeling pretty discouraged. At this point I just want to sell it and buy a simple bike that runs reliably and smoothly with no leaks or surges. No more bike drama.
I’ve accepted that it’s gonna be hard to find a buyer given the cracked motor and surging acceleration. I can take my time and will hopefully find a mechanic type who wants to buy it and maybe swap the motor or something, idk.
I’m ready to put it up on Craigslist, but what should I value it’s selling price at? I want to be honest about the crack and leak and surge. I’m thinking of that I’ll be lucky to get $2000 for it, even in the LA area. Does anyone have some advice for me?
As a side note, I miss my 650 now.