After two years of not using the bike (1991 Kawasaki EX500, with about 12,000 km on it), I had BCAA take it to a dealership, with the idea of getting it in shape and selling it.
After checking the bike, their conclusion was that the brakes need to be adjusted, a new battery, something with the pistons, and that the gas tank is rusty. Final bill in the area of $1,100, and that is if no overruns, which is not exactly guaranteed.
Since the price I could get for the bike, if all goes well, is $1,400 - $1,500, it doesn't seem worth it. So I asked what needs to be done so that I can drive it home. Brakes and new battery, and the bill would be $330, including what was checked up till now. This was a couple of days ago. Today I called to tell them to do this, and it seems that the bike CANNOT move without the carbs being cleaned, all in all, $770.
I'm sorta afraid to call again...
So it seems that my options are:
1. Pay more then I can sell it for, and be a chump.
2. Have BCAA take the bike to the local dump (Is that what one does with a motorcycle that seems to have died?)
3. Let the dealership dispose of the bike. However, being cynical, I have the feeling that parts that can be used will be so used, and that the dealership sure will not lose out on this. Then I am back to being a chump.
4. Take it somewhere else, where it might be magically discovered that the expenses and problems are not as bad.
5. Sell it to someone for , say, $500, with full disclosure, and if they are more mechanically inclined then I am, neither of us loses.
6. Any other suggestions?