Bobskoot had emailed me a link to a posting which turned out very apropos as to why I've been so quiet lately in the blogosphere.
BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
Vikki, my 2004 Suzuki V-Strom tug is more than likely, toast.
The V-Strom's drive chain coming off the rear sprocket two weekends ago at the end of my trip to Montana had apparently flailed about while wrapping itself around the front sprocket. The end result was not only a busted clutch actuator rod, damaged drive chain, but small holes carved into the left side engine casing and some other associated damage.
The dealer where I took her for repairs said it would take around $3700 in parts (apparently the engine casing's replacement involves also all sort of bearings and other internal parts which are a mandatory and or best practice replacement). Tack on another estimated $1500 in labor (the engine has to be removed to remove and replace the casing) and you can do the math.
I am waiting for the insurance company's own evaluation as to the motorcycle's repairability before they decide what to do with her. Vikki was picked up from the dealer this past Thursday afternoon I found so they'll hopefully evaluate her tomorrow, Monday.
My options, as I see them, are as follows and will be driven by whatever amount the insurance company deems Vikki is worth.
Replace the tug (that's Vikki in sidecarist lingo) with another used V-Strom, put the sidecar back on and carry on riding. This is the least cost option as I have all the mounting hardware.
Find a new tug, a used BMW Oilhead GS perhaps and use that as a tug. This option will cost me an additional $1500 or more due to having to purchase a GS-specific sub-frame mount to use to attach it to the sidecar; not to mention also, the cost of a good used GS is higher than a good used V-Strom! An older airhead tug, is not an option with the Dauntless sidecar I have according the the manufacturer as my sidecar is a "high end" dualsport sidecar, the A-arms on the sidecar would have to be "custom made" with the tug at ther facility, more money.
Take the insurance money and put in bank. Then sell the Dauntless sidecar and put proceeds in bank. Cut my losses and ride Brigitta, my dependable R80 Airhead Beemer while we see what the future brings. Perhaps a 2007 or newer Ural sidecar rig which are more mechanically dependable, or perhaps a R90/6 with sidecar. Both of these would cost more money than the proceeds above would generate I fear.
More to follow.
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