I am a new motorcycle owner. I’ve had my motorcycle license for under 4 months. I have had my driver’s license for 25 years and learned on a stick. I recently bought a Honda Rebel (2009, 3500 mi). I took it into a shop to have them do an estimate on some cosmetic damage that was caused when someone knocked my parked bike over.
The shop called me to tell me the estimate was complete but that they test drove the bike and found that the clutch was shot. They said it needed to be completely repaired (to the tune of $700+, the bike only cost $2,500). My question is, am I being had? I have had my clutch go out in a Nissa Maxima and I know what that feels like. The car is very difficult to drive. When I rode my bike in for its estimate, I had no trouble at all. Neverttheless, being new to motorcycles, I accept that I might be missing something.
Is there any way that the clutch could have completely gone out without my having known and with my having been able to ride the bike just fine to the shop or am I being taken to the cleaners?