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Old 07-07-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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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.
I, too, had a Radian as my first bike. Let me tell you, they had nowhere close to 70 HP stock.

Wonderful motorcycle, though. I wish I had more photos handy.



Bought it for $800, put over 10,000 miles on it, put on $200 of tires and sold it for $1000.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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I, too, had a Radian as my first bike. Let me tell you, they had nowhere close to 70 HP stock.

Wonderful motorcycle, though. I wish I had more photos handy.

Bought it for $800, put over 10,000 miles on it, put on $200 of tires and sold it for $1000.
Did they detune them from the FJ600? I always thought it was the exact same engine. I can never find published Radian power figures, but I saw 72 horespower for an FJ600 so I figured it was the same. Mine had a slipping clutch the whole time I owned it so I never felt all the horses anyways

A buddy of mine has a Seca II and I know that those engines are also based on the FJ600/Radian engine, but are detuned way low to 61 horespower. all crank figures btw
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:12 PM   #5
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$1,100, but that was in 1998.

This was in late 2007:



June 2006:




Hell, come to any of the many rallies on http://thegsresources.com and you'll see lots of sub-$1,500 bikes being whipped like rented mules.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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Bought in in Washougal, WA and rode it back to NC with no failures

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Old 08-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #7
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1984 Nighthawk 700S

I always wanted one. $1500 cash. I added bag's,grip, & rimstripe's. Runs Great and looks good next to my 07 Honda XR650L. [IMG][/IMG]
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:22 PM   #8
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I always wanted one. $1500 cash. I added bag's,grip, & rimstripe's. Runs Great and looks good next to my 07 Honda XR650L. [IMG][/IMG]
Nice bike!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:38 AM   #9
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I always wanted one of those nighthawks 700s my self. I used to have 650 one in colledge. I whish I kept mine and got 700s to go with it.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:25 PM   #10
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I, too, had a Radian as my first bike. Let me tell you, they had nowhere close to 70 HP stock.

Wonderful motorcycle, though. I wish I had more photos handy.



Bought it for $800, put over 10,000 miles on it, put on $200 of tires and sold it for $1000.
Motorcycle Classics list Cycle magazine dyno tested at 56hp.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:41 PM   #11
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Motorcycle Classics list Cycle magazine dyno tested at 56hp.
Enjoyed mine while I had it. Pretty decent performance for a UJM.
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:58 PM   #12
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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.
You stole my bike...my first real street bike was a candy apple red 1986 Yamaha Radian...very good bike. That was in 1988...

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Old 04-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #13
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:03 PM   #14
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Just picked up this 82 Yamaha 650XJ for $450.00.



Put 200 miles on it today - gotta make sure it's road worthy

Needs a front tire that isn't hard as a rock - and the right front brake pads. Had some that were pinching the disk.

It's not as cheap as $0 like aplaceinspace, but damn, I can't get that lucky ALL the time.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:30 AM   #15
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i got a bmw k75 for 600 bucks that had been laid down, I got it running now and all i need to do is body work and get the rear wheel turning.. may need a clutch or tranny..
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