Some Advice & Wisdom Needed (03 K Clutch Issue)
I am generally new to this forum and the K1200LT (my last bike was a GL1800 that I sold about a year ago, but I ultimately missed my "therapeutic rides" and have since purchased a 2003 K with about 120k miles). The bike has been well maintained and while it has some miles, you can tell that the previous owners took care of and maintained the bike.
While the GW is a great bike, I really like the feel and riding position of the K as compared to the GW, for me, it handles better and is more fun to ride, hands down.
That said, there where were some minor issues that I addressed when I purchased the bike (ie rattles that had to be chased down, fixed the rear disk cowbell, bent front wheel that I replaced for a great deal on ebay, fluid changes (final drive oil looks good), etc).
I have had the bike for about 2 months and now with all the initial kinks worked out I was just starting to appreciate how extraordinary a machine this is and earlier this week noticed that my clutch has started slipping in 5th at about 3000 RPM when I really goose the throttle. It seems fine in gears 1 through 4 for now. There is a weep hole that I added on the bell housing side and some oil did come out (about 1-1.5 ounces), but it has been dry since. I am not sure about the slave cylinder side.
The quotes I am getting to replace the clutch (I am in Northern VA) is anywhere from 2000-2700 dollars which includes replacing the seals. I do not believe that I can tackle this job by doing it myself after reviewing what it will take from the detailed postings on this site, so that is not an option for me.
I believe I got a good deal on this bike, but the 2700 dollar quote to replace the clutch is almost as much as I paid for the bike originally.
My question is, given your collective experience with this bike and its ability to rack up the miles, given it already has 122k miles, what are your thoughts on doing this work and feeling that you will be able to ride this bike for years to come versus cutting your losses and either trading it in or parting it out.
Also, if i were to proceed with replacing the clutch, I am not in a position to do this work without saving up for it first and would I be able to continue to ride the bike without doing any additional damage that would ultimately end up costing me more to fix. (ie., is there anything I can do to minimize the slipping so I can get another season or two of riding in while I plan and save for the eventual clutch replacement)
Thanks in advance for any insight or feedback you may have.