So I crashed my new 4000 mile old 2012 DL650.
...My front fender is broken, and the wheel and right side fork are a bit scratched up. Furthermore, the forks don't look quite right (one of them is probably bent), and the brake calipers were detached on both front disks. The disk on the right side is probably bent also. That is the extent of the damage, as far as I could tell.
Took it to the shop, and they quoted me $7000+ worth of damaged parts, which is a total...
I'm thinking I'm probably gonna try to fix it myself. ... The only downside is that I don't really know what I'm doing.
...any words of encouragement or advice would be appreciated. Or if you just want to tell me I'm an idiot, that's cool too. I'm still gonna go for it though.
I didn't think I could add any more to what ockerstrom
said, but if you're dead set on doing this come hell or high water...
The only reason I can think of for you wanting to do it this is that you figure as long as the bike is totaled and the $$$ you're getting back isn't close to the cost of buying another new Glee and farkling it up as before, that you may as well take the $7K and sink it into parts and your own free labor. It sounds like you essentially disagree that the bike is "really" totaled (would be unsafe to ride if fixed), just that the repair is not covered to the amount you need it to be.
If this is the case - that you think the shop is overestimating the cost of repair to drive up the bill (padding on cost and labor for lots of lightly damaged cosmetic parts) - let them know that $7K is a total under your insurance claim, in which case they WON'T get the repair job. Tell them you want ONLY the safety-relevant damaged repaired -brakes, swingarm, forks, etc. Try really
hard to determine if the bike is essentially fixable, and fixable by licensed professionals whose work is under warranty and insurance coverage, before considering a DIY salvage job.
If it's still a bill that comes to a totaling, ask them for a detailed list of problems, look them over and think HARD before attempting a repair yourself. Some things are not repairable, like cracks in the frame itself; others are potentially difficult to assess "deep problems" that won't show up for some months or years and then suddenly some key part of the bike craps out on you, maybe while riding it. And you won't be covered by insurance or warranty in that situation, never mind the added risk of riding around on a totaled bike patched up with a first-time amateur's fixit job (even if that is yourself, and you take full responsibility for whatever happens).
Finally if you do end up welding frame, straightening forks, replacing ABS brakes, etc., that you've never done before, don't make this your everyday rider. Make it a project/learner bike where you can say "see, this is what I figured out".