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Looking at buying this salvage titled 2009 at auction. Sorry for the shitty picture, I'm having it inspected tomorrow and will have better pictures then.

Is that the alternator that's exposed? Does it look fucked? Is it normal for that to get ripped off during a low side?

Otherwise the fairings have light/moderate scratches but nothing looks that bad.
 

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It's the stator. Hard to tell from the pics, could have possibly damaged the windings only way to tell is to have it in front of you. Normal for that part of the bike to make contact on a low side, sure!

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An inspector will be in front of the bike in about an hour and will call me.

I'm not TERRIBLY confident in his motorcycle assessing abilities. Other than saying "Do the stator windings look damaged?" How can I ask that?
 

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You'd know if they were by looking, otherwise, you'd know when the bike won't charge the battery while running. The inspector is most likely just an insurance adjuster, I wouldn't have much faith in any of his assessments.

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Update

Alright we have an update and some photos.

Photos and conversation with inspector as he was near the bike reveal:

1. Bike has what seems to be significant or total oil loss. The sale page lists it as a running vehicle which means at least when it got to their yard, they started it and it engaged gears.
2. Source of oil leak is unknown/not visible to inspector.
3. Bike now cranks but does not run.
4. One photo looks like a few green coolant droplets.
5. Damage is very limited to lower left side. Nothing above stator even is scratched hardly.
6. Frame/controls/lights/seat/etc seem to be in very good condition. No dents in tank.

Questions:

1. Is this fucked and should I run away? I know it's salvaged for a reason. I don't mind moderate work. I'll replace the engine if I have too but at that point my money is probably better spent elsewhere.
2. Can you guess what the source of the oil leak is? Oil pan? Something worse?
3. Is coolant likely from a cracked radiator or hose?
4. Is this normal lowside damage?? I feel like this is unusual.
 

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Wait I just learned that there is oil behind the alternator cover on this engine. Seems like that's where the oil came from then?

I'm a car guy.
 
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