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Old 10-02-2018, 07:29 PM
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Tipover damage questions

I looked at an RS today and passed on it because it had apparently been lightly tipped over on both sides. The fairing scratches were amazingly minor, for me they were "acceptable". But both mirror housings were loose, one bar mounted mirror was loose, the plastic above the speedo didn't fit snug and the left and right fairing panels did not fit the same, not sure which one was out of alignment or if both were out of wack. One heated grip had a tipover tear at the end. No one issue seemed like a big deal by itself.

Is there much chance that bike is worth another look? Or is the tipover damage a dealbreaker? I'm thinking the damage under the plastic is probably a fairly serious repair.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:42 PM
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Re: Tipover damage questions


Really hard to say - depends on how much you are paying for it - what's it going to cost to repair.

These bike have come way way down in value - unless you know for sure what you are getting into maybe look for another RS.

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Re: Tipover damage questions

Make a list of everything you'll have to fix (even if you don't ) and use it to nogotiate a lower price.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:57 AM
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Re: Tipover damage questions

Originally Posted by bobby
Make a list of everything you'll have to fix (even if you don't ) and use it to nogotiate a lower price.

You cannot see all damage from the outside - some "possible" damage is hidden under fairings. Unless you are very familiar with the K1200RS AND ALSO assuming the owner will let you remove front and side fairings, you may have some surprises.

In my experience, the most common `hidden" damages / repair are:
1) Right radiator sligthly bent on outer edge middle section - in some case this creates hairline cracks (because of a pin to hold the large air intake snorkel, this side is more expose to damage compare to left side)

2) bent font fairing sub-frame (black metal tubes). Fairing / windshield a bit out of alignment might be visible from outside. This is more common to 2nd generation having the larger nose fairing that will touch the ground first on impact.

3) Potential hairline cracks to footrest holders (part between foot-pegs and frame)

In addition to above, but visible IF YOU PAY ATTENTION:

4) Shifter bent - mainly the middle black section: this CANNOT be bent back easily as it is a cheap metal casting that will break.

5) Brake Pedal bent: this is fairly easy to fix but will create cracks in gray alu color paint

6) ball end of Brake and Clutch lever bent or just scratched

7) on 1st gen K1200RS, the side mount / pods of flashers could have the internal pins / spring damaged.
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