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Old 05-14-2012, 07:49 AM   #31
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Having an adventure for under $2500 isn't even a challenge.

I bought my '82 CB900C for $1250, put about $250 in parts to make it run, paid $100 for a Windjammer, paid zero for a KG trunk, got a set of used-only-once Nelson-Rigg CL-850 saddlebags for $25.

30,000+ miles later, I'm still enjoying every minute of riding it. In fact, I'm entertaining the idea of taking it to Chile next year.

(Since this picture was taken, the trunk has been replaced with a Vetter trunk. Still way under $2500.)

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #32
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Isn't there a $500 challenge thread floating around, and those five sons of russian immigrants who rode cross country on $500 bikes?
I've been trying to find that ride report. It was one of my favorites.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:14 PM   #33
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I've been trying to find that ride report. It was one of my favorites.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366117
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:27 PM   #34
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #35
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I bought a DRZ400SM for $1300, spent $800 on a full (preventative) engine refresh including rings, clutch, clutch basket, seals, all new bearings. Titled it for $250. Gun box for $10. Dirt tires used for $100. Been to Mexico and back twice, once to Big Bend, and around Texas. Tops out at 95, cruises easily at 70, gets about 50 miles to the gallon, and is actually a great bike in all ways but the seat. YES, $2500 will get you into the joy of motorcycling...in style.

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #36
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$1300 for a DRZ?! :O Where do you live? I need to move there! :P
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:52 AM   #37
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$700 for a 1986 Honda XR600R; already had a title and DOT knobs. Threw on new chain and sprockets, homemade tail bag, a brake light switch from my pile of goodies at home and a mirror/GPS mount. Have less than $1000 in it and still tight as new.



Sub-$2500 bikes are easy to come by. Having mechanical skills and knowledge is incredibly helpful. Now-a-days, with so much ethanol problems, if you can work on a pair of carbs, you can find cheap bikes allllll day.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:54 AM   #38
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Hmmm... I can't recall even owning a bike that cost as much as $2500...
I've had one. Not much fun to ride as I didn't want to drop it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:30 AM   #39
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Starting from zero gear/experience, it cost me less than $2000.00 to get up and running.

-1990 DR350S
-bike mods (service manual, sprockets, chain, petcock, oil change, adjust valves)
-tool kit with tubes, patches, etc.
-two day MC class
-plates
-insurance
-helmet & goggles
-jacket
-pants
-boots

I just did my first overnight trip this past weekend which included ~180 miles of dirt roads, 4x4 trails, and pavement.

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #40
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adapted a k75

Cost $1000 and pretty beat up
Needed a few parts, altogether maybe $300
Now it rides nice everywhere
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:40 AM   #41
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$1500 and first trip 2500 k's near enough.And bikes here cost more than you would believe.
Those who suggested the various 250 dualsports are right on the money,especially starting out,do everything you need ESPECIALLY if your starting out.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:54 AM   #42
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Loved this thread!
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #43
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Couple of things...

Yes, you can get a bike for under $2500 that is a sweet bike. Just look at the Cheap Bike Challenge thread in Olds Cool. Hell, if you look around, you can find one you might not even want to drop. BUT, don't be in a hurry! Look around. Do research. Test ride if you can. Get THE RIGHT bike.

Do you wrench at all? Do you have time to spend on it if you can wrench? Do you have the tools? Also, if it's your first bike - how will you ride? Commute? Long trans-continent rides? On road? Off road? Mixed? Is MPG important? Write it all down. Get a bike that hits most of your goals/needs.

Finally, if your budget is $2,500 - just be sure you cut out part of that for PROPER safety gear. Good gear ain't cheap. No, you don't have to run out and buy the most expensive thing on the market. BUT, get good, reputable, tested, and (especially if it is plastic) not too old gear. It makes a difference!

Lastly, get a nice older bike with plenty of miles for the best price you can. Learn to ride well on it. Sell it and move up. If you follow the process carefully, you will lose very little money in depreciation.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:48 PM   #44
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Picked up a 1982 GS450T for $750, rode it from Philly to Yellowstone and back. Sold it when I got home for $1000. Topped out at 106(indicated), That was roughly 9000rpm in 6th gear. And yes I took it on some very gnarly trails.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:28 PM   #45
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Let's see... for all the bikes I've EVER owned, excluding maintenance costs, here's the total:

'86 Yamaha Radian 600 - free
'79 Honda CX500 - $400
'78 Honda GL1000 - $200 purchase price, another $600 to put it where it is today, so $800 total to make it roadworthy
'93 Honda GL1500 - free
'96 Suzuki DR350 - $500
'00 Kawi ZRX1100 - $1500 (big money for this one)

Granted, the Radian and GL1500 were lucky windfalls, but even leaving them out, you have 4 perfectly functional motorcycles for a princely sum of $3200.

So where's the challenge in getting started for less than $2500? It helps if you can turn your own wrenches, but the CX needed no work at all, and the DR and ZRX were running with less than $100 of parts each and an afternoon spent cleaning carbs - if you had to pay someone to do it, it probably would have cost $150 or less for the DR and maybe $400 for the ZRX - still well within the $2500 range and leaving plenty of money for decent gear.

Now, you can't go out and buy the biggest, shiniest, newest, fastest bike out there, and anything not Japanese-made is probably going to be outside of the budget, but it's very doable for less than $1500, let alone $2500.

Edit: If you're not trying to buy bikes in the frenzied market of early summer, it's even easier. Pick something up in the dead of winter and save another few hundred bucks.
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