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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 07-07-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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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).
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:13 PM   #4
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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
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:15 AM   #5
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It would be fun to get toghether all the guys that payed for their bikes less than 1500 and have a big ride somewhere.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:32 AM   #6
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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
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:52 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:10 AM   #8
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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
Nice bike. I used to have one of these, but it was not in nearly good shape as yours.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:15 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:02 AM   #10
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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.

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Old 07-08-2009, 08:12 AM   #11
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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)

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07 Triumph Scrambler I paid 13 times more for. Kinda similar though, and just as fun.

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Old 07-08-2009, 08:22 AM   #12
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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.

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Looks just like an F800S without the lowers.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:31 AM   #13
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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."

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Looks just like an F800S without the lowers.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:11 AM   #14
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1994 GS500 - Bought in '03 with ~30,000mi on it for $400.



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.



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





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

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Old 07-08-2009, 02:17 PM   #15
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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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