Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Repair/re-paint or replace?
2 ways to go, insurance and no insurance.
1. Insurance, they will most likely have the local dealer order replacement saddlebag and outer fairing. Go over everything on the right side of the bike with a fine tooth comb. You and the adjuster should inspect every surface that could have come in contact with the ground; engine guard, foot board, exhaust, bag guard, saddlebag, saddlebag lid, grips, front brake lever. Inspect all parts for the most minor of damage. If it is only the painted parts, it will be much cheaper for the Insurance co to just buy them and have them installed at the dealer - your deductible.
2. No insurance. Again, inspect everything. If it is just the paint work, and there is no broken/cracked plastic then a re-paint is easy.
Ride it until winter, take all the parts off yourself and take them to a painter, pick your color, put your money down and wait. The most reputable bike painter anywhere will take 3-5 weeks longer than they tell you, they just do. Expect to be quoted between 2K and 4K for vivid black depending on what type of finish you want. If you want show quality that takes labor and labor costs in hours of polishing, polishing, polishing. If you want crazy graphics or over the top air brushing, the sky is the limit on cost.
I have paid as little as 2k for a paint job and 5K for a paint job. I like the 2k paint job the best. I waited almost 7 months for the 5k paint job.
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