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Old 07-22-2011, 04:50 PM   #961
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My last bike was el' cheapo compaired to my current. Im now rocking a 05' KTM 950 ADVenture. But my first and cheap bike was a 93' Suzuki Katana 600. It was sold to me for $50 since the guy was sending it to the junk yard because it didnt run and was laid down.

Well I got it home and dicked around with it for a little bit only to find after installing a battery that the reason why it didnt run (other than the fact that the dude hot wired it) was it had 2 blown fuses. Since it sat for a bit I went ahead and cleaned the rust out of the gas tank with heavy duty oven degreaser. JB welded the 2 pinhole leaks. Once I threw it all together she fired right up! Both rims were bent. The front was taco'd and the rear was slightly bent but held air. So I got a new rim for the front. To fix the hot wire issue I went to the local auto zone and got a $8 universal ignition and mounted it to the front right fairing.

I started decking it out with things here and there like a smoked windscreen and smoked turn signals. I got a little more creative down the road and made a fiberglass saddlebag for it. It worked great and was completely water proof and it also had a led light strip so that I could find stuff at night when I was out and about. I was moving the bike one drunken night and broke the rear grab bar. So a welder and a few more beers later I made a sissy bar with 2 d-ring tie downs and a bottle opener on the back. It looked kinda dorky when I sobered up but it was very functional.




Stock rear fairing next to my rough saddlebag

And heres me with my epic lip curtians. I miss em'. Damn wife
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:41 AM   #962
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:54 PM   #963
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Just got home with this. 1981 GPZ550. 24k. Needs some love, but it runs! $275.00!!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:59 PM   #964
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Just got home with this. 1981 GPZ550. 24k. Needs some love, but it runs! $275.00!!!
Sweet! I remember when the GPz series came out. It was my first bike "crush".
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:25 PM   #965
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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 07-26-2011, 10:27 AM   #966
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Got this rocket for 1400 ... 2002 FZ1.. solid runner, nothing needed.. fought the streets for a while...moved it within family
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:42 PM   #967
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100 Euros, Suzuki DR250, '84 model:

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8 hours and a freshly overhauled engine later:




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Old 07-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #968
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Spotted this KLR in the 'hood while walking the dog. Kept my eye on it for a year or so and finally saw the owner next to it one day. He'd been injured at work and could not be seen riding a motorcycle and he wanted money to go back to school. $500.00, including a new extra tank and some extra plastic, manual and a Battery Tender. Took a battery to get it running and a rear turn signal (tipover) to pass inspection.

Rode it for a few months before it was stolen out of my driveway with two locks on it. Recovered four days later, missing some parts and with butchered wiring, I got it running again but it was never the same. Actually made money on it when I sold it with full disclosure. Wouldn't mind having another.

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Old 07-30-2011, 10:22 AM   #969
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Tow yard special Katana 1100, guy was clocked @ 130 with no license/insurance/brains $400.00
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:26 AM   #970
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Last minute deal from a guy leaving the country 1999 Yamaha R1 $1500.00 Stupid fast and just as uncomfortable.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:05 PM   #971
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Picked this up last week, $350 and the guy delivered it. It was missing the windshield and right side cover, he dropped them off a couple days later! Carbs gummed up but I've got them cleaned up already. Just waiting on new bowl gaskets from my local dealer. This bike is as clean as they come and I'll have about $500 in it when I'm done. Can't wait to hit the road.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:53 PM   #972
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I'm breaking my lurker status. I have loved reading this thread since the start, so here's my junk to keep it going. 1983 VT500C, bought for $999. I goofed and laid it down within the first 24 hours. The first pic is with the buckhorns. The second is after I twisted them up and replaced them with ATV bar to start the slow ratting process. 27 years old and I don't feel bad at all occasionally hitting 9500 RPMs.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:54 AM   #973
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I'm breaking my lurker status. I have loved reading this thread since the start, so here's my junk to keep it going. 1983 VT500C, bought for $999. I goofed and laid it down within the first 24 hours. The first pic is with the buckhorns. The second is after I twisted them up and replaced them with ATV bar to start the slow ratting process. 27 years old and I don't feel bad at all occasionally hitting 9500 RPMs.

That was my first new bike:



Nice little bike!

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Old 08-06-2011, 06:04 PM   #974
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Ninja 250 for $140.00

Picked this 1988 Ninja 250 up for $140 two years ago. Actually bought it sitting in his mother's basement as you see it plus three boxes of 'other stuff' (body parts, bits and pieces). The gas tank was full of rust and even had a cigarette lighter rattling around in it.



Looked like this last fall

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Old 08-06-2011, 09:14 PM   #975
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Add me to this group, just picked this thing up for $1100:

Before:



Currently:



Have not yet taken better pictures. Thus far I've removed the tank cover and tank bag and all those ridiculous decals; next will be removal of the exhaust heat shield to repaint it and clean up the pipe beneath. Not sure how I want to run this thing - would like to spruce it up a bit with some new switchgear and gauges, if it won't take a PhD in engineering to do so. Currently (slowly) revitalizing the bike bit by little bit.
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