Suspension Q. to Crash Discoveries
2003 RVT1000 RC51 SP-2 dreilly
Well, I didnít make it through the gravel at the turn; and itís gravel I know about. (I did have an extra turn of front preload that morning and wasnít liking it much.) ATGATT! A crash where no one is hurt becomes almost funny except when you start to think about the money to fix the bike. So, I have a new hobby buying parts.
The right lower and the upper cowl were the major casualties. You can not buy an OEM upper cowl from a dealer. They are backordered until November. The uppers on EBay go for around a $100 and look worse than mine so, I ordered a Dremel kit and a glue system (Plastifix from Urethane Supply). I may be foolish enough, since Iíve got the hobby stuff, to cut holes for frame sliders. The right lower I bought OEM from Babbitt along with a turn signal. They cancelled the upper and sent me the lower w/o the turn signal. I bought another on EBay (which I just joined). Then comes Babbittís signal separately. When I attempted to return the signal Babbitt didnít even answer. Also, I finally realized OEM Parts and Accessories was cheaper than Babbitt. Many lower rights were on EBay, I realized too late. (MSRP on the LR cowl is $750, Babbitt $580, OEM $520, EBay $200 used) I learned about OEM from a post on the Forum.
Stock pipes, sliders, rearset, turn signal, fixing the cracked upper, I could muddle my way through. The paint thoughóis there another vendor than Color Right with pens of paint instead of cans?