Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Newport News, VA, USA
It's another joyful day in my house. I noticed a spot of oil under the bike last week. I looed like it could be a leak at the oil pan (that's what I wanted to see) but it was very close to the engine,transmission junction.
I rode the bike to the shop today for a 6,000 mile service plus new throttle cables and asked then to check out the leak as well.
I then get the call.... After a partial disassembly to get a better look they are thinking it could be a main seal. Damn! Depending on the extent of what they find, it could cost as much as $1400 for parts and labor.
I really love this bike but let's inventory the repair history:
Steering Damper @ 18,000 mi (Warranty)
Windshield Delaminate @ 15,000 mi (Warranty)
ABS Module @ 30,000 mi ($2,150)
Rear End @ 33,000 mi ($550, BMW cover the other half of the $1,100 Bill)
Throttle Cables @ 54,000 mi ($490)
Main Seal, Clutch, Etc? @ 54,000 Mi (Maybe $1,400)
Always dealer serviced on the factory schedule which costs approx .083/mile: $4,482
Add to that tires, shocks, brake pads and other consumables. This thing costs as much as a woman.
There is no point here. I just felt like whinning.
1978 CB750A (Automatic Cafe Racer Ratbike)