Here's the story:
About 3 weeks ago, I happened across my '05 ZX-10R at a local dealer. It had 4000 miles on it. The bike had clearly been ridden on a track; I could tell that just by looking at the tires.
The dealership told me that the bike was purchased at a Kawasaki auction, and was one of their demo bikes.
I worked out a deal with them, that included free tires (it needed new tires badly) and a free jacket, and happily rode my ZX10 home. I bought the bike as-is. They tried to sell me a warranty at an outrageous price, I declined.
Less than 24 hours after I get it home, I notice that I have a leaky fork seal. I contact the dealership, pissed off. Again, they offered me the warranty (nearly $400 for 1 year), assuring me that it would then cover the repairs on the fork seal. I then heard about the 35mm film trick, and how Kawasaki considers fork seals as wear items and the $400 warranty may not cover the problem, anyway. I tried the film trick and it seems to have worked. I also got the dealership to give me a new fork seal, free of charge. Getting it installed would be on my dime (or time).
I have since mounted the new tires, put on a full set of Champ's sliders, made my own license plate bracket and fender eliminator, and installed a Tankslapper tank protector kit, slowly making the bike my own.
When I was looking the bike over at the dealership, I noticed some dried up coolant inside the fairing. It was on the same side as the coolant reservoir and overflow tube, so I thought it was nothing but a little overflow - no big deal.
I have put about 1000 gentle miles on the bike. I am stepping up from a SV650 and am still getting the hang of all the power.
Last week, I put it up on stands in the back of my garage to get it out of the way. The next day, I see a 2" diameter wet spot under the bike, right where (I think) the overflow tubes exit. Again, I don't think much of it, and figure I'll look closer for it when I get the chance.
Well, I got the chance, and figured if it was a leak, I would track it down and fix it. I assumed it would just be a matter of changing out a gasket, or a hose, or just tightening some things up. I started drying up coolant (there wasn't much at all) and tracking down the source of the leak. This is what I found:
The drip seems to originate at that tiny silver spot on the side of the block. I can't find any coolant above or around that point, such as a pinhole in a hose, or a leaky hose clamp or anything else. I wipe the drip off, and it comes right back, seemingly from that tiny spot on the block. There is no coolant in the oil, and the leak is incredibly slow. It seems to stop when the engine is warm. I put over 200 miles on the bike the Saturday after I discovered the leak, and not a drop leaked out the entire time. Now that the bike has been sitting (haven't had the time to ride since Saturday), the drip is back.
I'm pretty freaked out right now, afraid that my block is cracked, and I know
the dealership sold me the bike that way.
I have emailed the dealer, asking if the warranty is still available. I haven't told him what the problem is. He hasn't answered. I just emailed him again, asking him if it was their practice to wash their hands of a customer once the sale closes.
If he offers me the warranty again, I'm going to take it, and get this looked at. If he doesn't, am I screwed? Do I have any recourse here?
If the block needs replaced, on my dime, there's no way I can afford it; I'm going to get stuck paying a loan on a bike that's all but ruined, and I've barely ridden it!