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nedodjija 07-07-2009 01:57 PM

Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500
 
Well another post gave me the idea. Please tell us about the bikes that you initialy bought for less than $1500 and please post some pictures. Thanks.

AIrey1507 07-07-2009 03:17 PM

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...29489_7108.jpg

I bought my first motorcycle at 18. It was this 1986 Yamaha Radian (YX600S). Bought in June 2007, three months after taking MSF course and getting my motorcycle endorsement. I originally wanted a Ninja 250/500 but they command too much of a premium for anything in decent condition. I paid $900 for the Radian with 16k miles and a slipping clutch. A new clutch cable helped a ton, and acceleration was all a beginner needed with about 70 horsepower. Also had to put a little bit of money into spark plugs, oil, and a new rear tire, but the money I put into it still was way under $1500. Sold for $1500 in summer 2008 during the really high gas prices. Put almost 4k miles on it in about 4 months of riding.

JStory 07-07-2009 03:20 PM

1986 XL600. Bought in 1996 for $1400. I've since rebuilt the engine and added the supermoto front disk. Home made luggage rack(not installed in this pic).
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...d/P1010001.jpg

howard kelly 07-07-2009 08:13 PM

bought my 1979 gs850 (pic coming) for 800 bucks...i expect i will have less than 500 in the fix up for getting street worthy

nedodjija 07-08-2009 06:15 AM

It would be fun to get toghether all the guys that payed for their bikes less than 1500 and have a big ride somewhere.

ACDNate 07-08-2009 06:32 AM

1980 Honda CB650
Bought in 2003 for $650 as a barely running bike. Quick carb cleaning and she purred like a kitten. Even with tires, plugs, a rear rack, sissy bar, insurance for a year and registration I was only around $1200 :evil
http://www.alternativecruisers.com/g...07_4_16_45.jpg

bhkami 07-08-2009 06:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nedodjija
It would be fun to get toghether all the guys that payed for their bikes less than 1500 and have a big ride somewhere.

I ran into a moto club from portland doing a 5-5-5 ride. Bike is under 500ccs, under $500, and older than 1975. They helped me fix my wiring, too.

nedodjija 07-08-2009 07:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ACDNate
1980 Honda CB650
Bought in 2003 for $650 as a barely running bike. Quick carb cleaning and she purred like a kitten. Even with tires, plugs, a rear rack, sissy bar, insurance for a year and registration I was only around $1200 :evil
http://www.alternativecruisers.com/g...07_4_16_45.jpg

Nice bike. I used to have one of these, but it was not in nearly good shape as yours.

kraven 07-08-2009 07:15 AM

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/f...s/DSC01808.jpg

My Nighthawh 450. $900 in cherry shape. I replaced the clutch, chain, sprockets, cables, and just bought new carb rubbers.
So far I've put almost 30k miles on it in the last 2 years. Never left dead on the road yet, though when the throttle cable broke on I77 in Charlotte, I hand throttled it in rushour traffic to get home.

It's a great little motorcycle.

rmi03 07-08-2009 08:02 AM

Bought this 2006 Ninja 250 for $2000 (2 years old with 700 miles), but would sell for less than $1500, if I were selling this bike. Tons of ex250s on the market for less than $1500. Possibly the best deal in motorcycling, if you want a versatile road bike.

Ryan

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...3/DSC01948.jpg

JimVonBaden 07-08-2009 08:12 AM

http://213.132.112.100/images/77/7750693107.jpg
http://213.132.112.100/images/77/7797273365.jpg
First bike, a CL 350 "Scrambler" I got in trade for a $400 VW Bug. I rode the hell out of that bike. (SAME BIKE AND COLOR, NOT MINE)

One of my Current bikes:

http://www.jimvonbaden.com/images/1st-right2.jpg
07 Triumph Scrambler I paid 13 times more for. Kinda similar though, and just as fun.

Jim :brow

AIrey1507 07-08-2009 08:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rmi03
Bought this 2006 Ninja 250 for $2000 (2 years old with 700 miles), but would sell for less than $1500, if I were selling this bike. Tons of ex250s on the market for less than $1500. Possibly the best deal in motorcycling, if you want a versatile road bike.

Ryan

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...3/DSC01948.jpg

Looks just like an F800S without the lowers.

rmi03 07-08-2009 08:31 AM

I think there are definitely some similarities between the two bikes' looks. The single, square headlight, the color, etc, etc.

For a while I had a picture on my Ninja 250 profile titled "mini f800st." :lol3

Ryan

Quote:

Originally Posted by AIrey1507
Looks just like an F800S without the lowers.


treybrad 07-08-2009 11:11 AM

1994 GS500 - Bought in '03 with ~30,000mi on it for $400.

http://webspace.utexas.edu/treybrad/www/gstwin/new.jpg

I had the tank and tail plastics, just had them off trying to fix the carbs, which were FUBAR, along with bent handlebars, rusty everything, etc, etc....

Spent about a year of my spare time slowly buying parts and fixing it up, riding it all the while. Mangaged to turn it into a decent looker and sold it for $2,000 about two years after I bought it.

http://webspace.utexas.edu/treybrad/...twin/done2.jpg

Of course, the guy I sold it to promptly tried to commit suicide with it.

http://webspace.utexas.edu/treybrad/...twin/wreck.JPG

http://webspace.utexas.edu/treybrad/...win/wreck2.JPG

Still not sure how he snapped both ends off my nice handlebars. Oh well. Cool bike.

trey

nedodjija 07-08-2009 02:17 PM

I like tose GS500s. I just don't understand why Suzuki painted them in purple. I love how the silver looks like.


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